Bark tube basics
Volunteer helper Gwen works live-find K-9 Tick at the bark tube. The tubes, or large boxes, make dogs use their noses to locate the human odor, and they must alert at the door to get their reward.
Coming to get you!
Trailing K-9 Gryph drives through the track on his way to find his subject.
HRD K-9 Rock awaits his payment.
Carrying the paycheck
The tug is Live-find K-9 Tick's favorite reward
HRD K-9 Helo works a rubble pile, narrowing in on a find.
Love of work
Live-find K-9 Satchel is at home in the woods and on the pile.
K-9 Jin heads off a narrow plank during agility training. Ladders, unstable surfaces, working at heights...all part of their job.
Do you see me?
Yes, Jin. We do.
Con can't choose
Our dogs love their toys. Some like live-find K-9 Conall want them all.
SARTech II Class
Each handler works toward their NASAR SARTech certification. This includes land navigation, tracking and survival skills.
What we carry with us when we search is important. Each piece of gear is selected based on multiple utility, and life-saving ability.
Or signcutting is an important part of search work. Paying attention to direction of travel, clues left behind, all help us locate the missing.
First responder training
Many of our handlers and searchers have medical training beyond advanced first aid, including emergency medical response, emergency medical technician and paramedic.