There are many scenarios where you need to find some people such as mass casualty events, natural disasters and wilderness tracking. This is done to find out if there were any survivors during the event and save them when they are found. Many methods are used in achieving this and is usually called a search and rescue operation.
Aside from human personnel using their skills and tools in finding the people, they also employ dogs due to their highly sensitive sense of smell. They undergo K9 search and rescue training together with their dedicated handlers to achieve the ability to detect human scent. Their handler will also be learning how to guide and order them to do so.
They are also useful in tracking down missing persons, such as those that have run away from the authorities. This is also helpful in finding those that have been lost in forests or unfamiliar places and those that were taken away by criminal elements. Dogs are able to perform this duty by tracing the scent left behind by humans.
In locating a specific person, they need to smell an object which has the scent of that individual that you want them to locate. This is to help them differentiate between all the scents they are smelling at that moment and focus on only one. Doing this prevents them from being confused on whom they should be looking for.
It is possible to volunteer yourself and your pet to help in any search and rescue mission within your community. But you and your dog must undergo training first so that both of you will know what must be done during these missions. You should start to have them trained three to four months after they were born so they can learn faster and easier.
You must also learn to understand the natural reactions that your dog would have whenever they had found something. Understanding their behavior is important since not all dogs have the same one and their response when locating a scent is different from each other. Although this could be trained, knowing what your pet naturally do during certain triggers is helpful.
If you like your dog and yourself be trained as volunteers then search for training programs given in your area. Use the internet in searching for organizations offering these lessons and specify where you are located as well. Doing so filters the results and display those nearby ones and excludes those from other locations.
You may even ask for some recommendations from your friends, colleagues and relatives, particularly those who are also volunteers. They will share to you their experience and if they were satisfied with the lessons they took in training themselves and their dogs. You can visit review sites also to know what other people think about them.
Inquire if there is a payment in undergoing this training or if these are given for free. That might be depending upon the organization so make sure about this detail. Ask about which days of the week will the classes be held.