Marion Hardy of Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. recently mailed me a diskette filled with several of her articles. Below are some brief clips from the articles. The full text, as sent to me, of the articles can be accessed by clicking on the desired title below. The files are all text, but still quite big. Several of the papers have already been published NASAR.
The results of the first analysis of the National Water Search Report is presented along with a discussion of how the SAR dogs can be deployed, the types of water that can be searched, the SAR dog team's limitations, where to find SAR dog teams and some examples of SAR dog teams and divers working together to detect and locate drowned victims.
Assuming a wilderness trained dog team, water search training is mostly handler training and it concerns the knowledge and skills needed by handlers not only to search effectively in the water environment but also to keep out of trouble, such as not becoming a drowning victim themselves during a search. The dog is an important part of the team, of course, but by the time teams are working on water search, the dog knows its job -- what to alert on and, when possible, to locate the source of human scent during a search. The dog will do its job if the handler doesn't interfere.
In the city or residential areas where human scent abounds, along with moving vehicles; a bloodhound has only the scent of the subject to concentrate on and is on a lead so they can be constrained by the handler in traffic. By the way, it is simply not true that dogs can not track or trail on cement and asphalt -- it is done routinely.
A Land Search Task Force is no different from the Business or FEMA Task Forces. The make up of a Land Search Task Force will however have some practical differences depending on the terrain, the weather conditions and the type of search being conducted - such as in a suburban, urban or rural area, in water search situations and in the location of human remains.