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Facts About Search Dogs

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  • 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 trainable.
  • 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 skills.
  • 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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