- The average German Shepherd Dog has 225 million olfactory (scenting) cells over 6 square inches
of nasal area, compared to 5 million olfactory cells over 1 square inch for humans.
- The average German Shepherd can differentiate 1.2 million odors, compared to humans who can differentiate
approximately 4 thousand different odors.
- Most often, search dogs are of the herding, working, or sporting breeds, or mixtures of these breeds.
- Search dogs should be medium to large size, and possess an all-weather double coat.
- Good search dogs are energetic, athletic, friendly with humans and other animals, confident, and extremely
- Usually, training is done using highly motivational training methods and is taught as a game.
- Search dogs begin their training between 2 and 18 months of age, and it takes 1 to 2 years of hard work before
they are ready to deploy on actual search missions.
- Search dogs and their handlers practice once or twice a week throughout the team's career to maintain their
- Many search dogs belong to volunteers, and live in their homes as companions.
- Many search dogs continue their working career until 8 or 9 years of age.
- We do not charge agencies or our search subjects or their families for searching
- We pay thousands of dollars each years in canine care, educational seminars and courses, gear and equipment
- We put nearly 10,000 miles on our vehicles annually driving to training and search missions
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