Glossary of terms used on this site
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary
Rafts (skin rafts): dead or dying skins cells that have left a human body. They are composed of 1 or more cells, carry bacteria, and are microscopic. An average human sheds around 40,000 cells each minute.
Turbulent Air Flow
Turbulent Air Flow: When flowing air hits an obstacle/object and causes airflow chaos.
Thermal: Layers of air, separated by temperature (and humidity).
Tracking (Dog): dogs are able to follow a human scent, by following the footsteps. Tracking dogs may also be following the odor of crushed vegetation and soil bacterial action. Visualize the dog's
Trailing (Dog): dogs are scent specific and require a scent article, with a track. Visualize the dog's Nose Down and Up, working some distance from the actual footsteps.
Target Odor: (aka Source) odors which detector dog are trained to detect.
Temperament: The general consistence with which the animal behaves.