Certifications for Missing Dogs
All participants in the network agree to adhere to a strict Code of ethics
and to certify and work within the guidelines and limitations of their certifications, expertise and status.
For each certification, all K9 Handlers must:
- Complete Education & Training Classes for that
- Complete and pass on location testing with their dog or dog team for each certification pursued
Scent Work Basics
The basic skills necessary to begin scent work
Before beginning to train for this type of scent work, each candidate must complete an evaluation and basic
introduction that includes but is not limited to:
- 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
- Basic handling techniques
- Completion of a solid alert or behaviour
Scene, Sightings & Discovery
Upon completion of a course of study specific to missing and lost animals,
the K9 handler and dog team must:
- Provide proof of completion of an approved curriculum
based on missing animal basics and behavior
- With 100% accuracy, the K9 Handler and dog or team must be able to perform three scent discrimination exercises in
a testing environment similar to real world case situations.
- The K9 Handler and dog team must
be able to locate a subject within a specified distance in a specific length of time on an aged trail
K9 Handler TREK9 Following a subject Basic tracking, trailing and scent work
The K9 Handler and team must:
Have completed and successfully achieved SSD certification
and met the standards
K9 Handler and team must
complete three exercises based on Case work Scenarios of varying distances within specific time frames and be able to
explain each scenario and situation.
must successfully follow an aged trail and locate a subject placed one half mile from the point of escape
|K9 Handler TREK9 Roaming DogAdvanced tracking, trailing and scent
Upon completion of a course of study specific to the roaming dog, the K9 handler and dog
- The K9 Handler and dog team must work a mock case based on the Roaming Dog
- The K9 handler must exhibit knowledge of case work and proceed with specific tracking
techniques necessary to locate the dog in the quickest amount of time with the least expense to the mock client.
- The real world roaming dog scenario will include aged trails of at least 7 days as well as sightings, perimeter/boundary
work and scent discrimination techniques necessary to move the case forward.
Field Agent/K9 HandlerProficiency in all aspects of the Missing Dog Scenarios and Casework
Upon completion of a course of study specific to missing dogs, the K9 handler must:
- Have satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty cases that can be individually verified with the pet owner by the
- Case logs, mapping and follow-up must be initiated, completed and
presented to the certification commission.
- The K9 handler must have completed all evaluations
and certifications for the specialty they work within.
- The K9 handler and her team will have
worked at least 6 trails aged for 30 days or more.