Candidate's Evaluation & Training
 The missing pet industry has been fraught by a lack of licensing, certification and accountability for several years. Fraught by both inexperienced amateurs who mean well and purported experts spouting theory as fact, individuals and families with missing pets have had to sift through the cavalcade of information as they attempt to figure out what to do as they suffer through the crisis of a four pawed family member gone missing.  Add to this the legions of scams and hoaxes aimed at the grieving and panicked, and you will understand why we as professionals want to insure that those who choose to do this much needed work are ethical, competent and knowledgeable.
For the reasons mentioned, our evaluations and certifications are meant to encourage and empower compassionate professionals who will passionately work towards the recovery of the missing and lost.

Getting started... 
The Candidate  
Evaluation and the basic skills necessary to begin scent work 

Our training requires that potential K9 Handler candidates complete an evaluation and basic introducation and training with MASDN Founder Karin TarQwyn, the recognized expert in the use of scent specific K9s for the search and investigation of missing animals.

The hands-on basic training includes:

  • Evaluation and suitability of the candidate and their canines(s) to do the work
  • Basic management of their dog or dog team
  • Preparations necessary to begin tracking work 
  • Basic handling techniques
  • Completion of a solid alert or behaviour 

 Once the Candidate has successfully completed the evaluation and training, they are eligible to begin training as an Apprentice K9 Handler specializing in missing animals. Participation in MASDN is by  approval by the MASDN Advisory Council.