How the dog is trained

Search dogs can be any breed of dog but must have excellent scenting ability and be large and strong enough to cope with the physical demands of the job.

They start their training from the age of 12 weeks and are introduced to a toy as their reward.

Training starts with a person running away excitedly with the dog’s toy. The dog follows and, when it finds them, barks for the toy. Throughout, the dog learns to associate finding a human with fun and games and getting their ‘reward’.

Dogs are trained to travel in helicopters and are winched in and out, if necessary.