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Target Odor
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Target Odor : (aka Source) odors which detector dog are trained to detect. 

Author: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Temperament
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Temperament : The general consistence with which the animal behaves. 

Author: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Thermal
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Thermal : Layers of air, separated by temperature (and humidity).

 

Tracking
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

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 Nose Down, working within a few feet of the actual track.

Author: William G. Syrotuck
Trailing
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

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.

Author: William G. Syrotuck
Turbulent Air Flow
Glossaries: K9 SAR Glossary

Turbulent Air Flow : When flowing air hits an obstacle/object and causes airflow chaos.

 

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.