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Laminar Air Flow
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Laminar Air Flow : a straight flow of air without and interference.

LKP
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

LKP  (Last Known Position): the last location of the missing subject, substantiated by evidence or clues. The LKP changes with the discovery of clues/evidence.

 

Author: ERI: Emergency Response International
Looping Scent
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Looping Scent : when scent travels upwards from a source, and settles down away from the source. Occurs with little to no wind at the source.

Author: Linda Warshaw

VSRDA Glossary

  • Back-Chaining
    Back-Chaining: A teaching methodology, where the training of the chained behaviors occurs in reverse order. The final behavior is taught first, and the second-to-last behavior is added and taught next
  • Behavior Chain
    Behavior Chain: a series of learned behaviors, carried out, after one command. 
  • Blank Search
    Blank Search: A training or certification exercise in which the target odor is not present  
  • Blind
    Blind: A training exercise is considered Blind if the person person searching does not know the location of odor(s), and/or if any are prescent, BUT the accompanying Instructor/Evaluator DOES know.
 

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.