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
For each certification, all K9 Handlers must:
- Complete Education & Training Classes for that certification
- Complete and pass
on location testing with their dog or dog team for each certification pursued
The Candidates Evaluation and Basic Training
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 tracking work
- Basic handling techniques
- Completion of a solid alert or behaviour
Apprentice I SSD
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 dog 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
|Apprentice II Basic tracking,
trailing and scent work
The K9 Handler and dog or dog team must:
Have completed and successfully achieved SSD certification and
met the standards
K9 Handler and team must complete three exercises
based on CaseWork Scenarios of varying distances within specific time frames and be able to explain each scenario and situation.
K9 Handler must successfully follow an aged trail and locate a subject placed one half
mile from the point of escape.
K9 Handler Specialist Advanced tracking, trailing and scent work necessary for the Roaming Dog
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.
Sanctioned ProfessionalSuccess and Proficiency 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 substantial number of successful cases that can be individually verified with the
pet owner by the certification commission.
- 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.