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Change of Behavior
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Change of Behavior (COB): A characteristic pattern of behaviors, as interpreted by the handler, that occurs when the dog detects a trained odor.  

Author: Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal detector Guidelines (SWGDOG)
Chimney
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Chimney Effect: Warm air rises from the source, cools, then drops a distance away from the source.

 

VSRDA Glossary

  • Diffusion
    Diffusion (of scent):  the even distribution of air in all directions.
  • Double Blind
    Double Blind: A training exercise is considered Double Blind if the person person searching does not know the location of odor(s), and/or if any are prescent, AND the accompanying Instructor/Evaluator
 

Teaching Direction & Control

Article by Shirley Hammond on teaching Direction & Control to K9s, using platforms and markers. 

Effective Use of Dogs in Search Management

Article by David Godfrey-Smith provides guidelines for law enforcement and search managers, in regards to how best to utilize SAR K9s. 

How Scent and Airflow Works

Article by Jennifer Pennington with custom illustrations on how scent and airflow affects search dogs.