Certifications for Missing Cats

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, specialties, expertise and status.


Prior to certification, all K9 Handlers must:

  • Exhibit knowledge of the field and case work structure for missing and lost cats
  • Provide proof of previoius education and/or approved coursework
  • Provide Proof of Experience and Success
  • Complete Education & Training Classes
  • Complete and pass on location testing with their dog or dog team for each certification and specialty 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 SSD
The basic skills necessary to begin scent work 

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 behaviorLead dog Cade scans for scent.
  • 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 FELINE Specialist
Tracking and air scent work necessary to locate a specific missing cat

The K9 Handler and team must:
  • Have completed and successfully achieved SSD certification for Felines 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.
  • K9 Team must successfully find a feline subject placed in a contaminated scent area of at least 40 acres with two distraction subjects also in the area. The find must occur within a specified period of time.

Sanctioned Professional
Success and Proficiency in all aspects of the Missing Cat Scenarios and Casework

Upon completion of a course of study specific to missing cats, 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.JamieHarley.jpg
  • 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.

Addition Levels of Certification are available.