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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

  • Scent Cones
    Scent Cones: movement of scent away from subject/source -in the shape of a cone.
  • Stimulus
    Stimulus: A change in the environment. Dog Training focuses on discriminative stimuli, which causes a change of state in the dog, causing it to perform a specific behavior.   
  • Shaping
    Shaping: Building new behavior by selectively reinforcing variations in existing behavior, during the action rather than after completion, to increase or strengthen the behavior in a specific manner o
 

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.