Before you Hire a Tracking Dog Team - You should know...
The TRACKING DOG TRIAD
To be effective, individuals working as K9 Handlers must be skilled in all aspects of the Tracking Dog Triad.
As a K9 Handler, one must be knowledgeable
in working and reading scent dogs. In addition it is critical that a handler be experienced and successful in how to structure
and work a missing pet case based on the specific scenario. Running around behind a tracking dog following a scent is only
a small part of what it takes to be successful in the pursuit of a missing animal. Profiling and Case
Structure is the most overlooked aspect of this work but it is as important as the other skills necessary to
The Tracking Dogs must be able to follow
the scent of a specific missing animal. These K9s must also be able to alert their handler when they no longer
have scent or the scent of the missing pet is not in a specific area. Many pet owners have been befuddled and discouraged
with individuals who have claimed experience as they ran for hours behind their scent dogs apparently hot on the
trail only to later find their missing dog at the next door neighbors house. What was the "tracking dog"
following? Clearly not the missing dog. This is a bad situation for everyone involved and works against the principles and
standards professionals are striving to build in creating a credible and reliable industry pet owners can count on.