Did you know 1 dog equals 100 humans ?
Interesting Search Dog Facts
That's right one well trained search dog can cover more ground in less time then one hundred highly trained and skilled human searchers.
Plus we humans cannot use our nose to help :)
Did you know a dog can learn to find a person who has enter a car and driven down a highway for many miles ?
*I am writing this in simple terms for an easier understanding as this subject is very complex.
When a person is in a car, the person's scent particles are in the air inside the car.
All cars have air vent systems that recirculate fresh air from outside of the car to the inside of the car.
When the air is recirculated the scent particles are carried out of the car and come to rest along the roadway.
A dog can find the scent particles and follow the trail of the car as easily as if the person was walking
Another Interesting Fact
|My "Rea Valley's Incredible Sue" Bloodhound|
Search dogs and Bloodhounds in particular will take the shortest route to a person and the way the dog goes may not be anywhere near where the subject actually walked.
How is this possible?
Air currents can carry a person's scent over valleys and hollows, through openings in brush or into impressions in the earth's surface as well as indoors or around a house. Wherever the wind currents can reach so can the scent particles.
A person might walk all the way around a valley or a low spot in the country side because they do not want to climb down and back up the other side and if a dog is sent to find them, the dog might cut across the valley or low spot making a straight bee line for the subject.
Or, a short cut because the person is on the other side, much closer actually to the dog as the fresh scent is coming to the dog across the way or as the crow flies.
One More Great Fact
The fresher the scent the faster a dog will work when trailing or tracking ( yes there is a difference read about it on the tracking page). The closer they get the more excited the dogs are because the scent is fresher, closer and more enticing.
Happy Trails, Amber & Family Disaster Dogs
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