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Trailing dog teams train to follow a particular human’s scent. The handler’s job is to assess the environmental conditions, acquire an uncontaminated article containing the missing person’s scent and take their dog to last place the missing person was seen. The dog’s job is to locate the scent of that particular person on the ground and follow the scent trail to guide their handler to the subjects current location.
Amy & K9 Ellie Mae
Hello, my name is Ellie Mae.
I am a two year blood hound and I like to sniff things constantly. I am training very hard to be a trailing
dog. Sniffing is my favorite thing to do, so if you are going on a hike always let someone know where you
are going, and what time you will be back. What would be most helpful to me, is leaving a dirty sock on
the windshield of your car. I can then track you down like the blood hound I am if you don’t return on
My handler that I drag at the end of the leash wants me to remind you, dress for the weather. This crazy
Washington weather can be very hot in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter. Oh, and carry
extra water and treats. Treats are my favorite thing besides sniffing.
K9 Ellie Mae
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Terry & K9 Harley
My name is Harley, I’m a 5 year old female German shepherd, and I’m a scent-specific trailing dog.
My two-legger (handler Terry) puts my harness on, clips my lead onto the harness, gives me something to smell in a bag, and then I go find that odor–usually it’s a person who has my stick to play with…treats are ok, but I love that stick! Sometimes we’re in the forest, sometimes in neighborhoods, and occasionally, around a bunch of buildings which makes the odor go all over the place!
When I’m not working, I like to sit in the back of my handler’s vehicle, listen to classical music, and drink some cold water. At home, I like listening to blues music. Terry carries my water, my treats, my harness and my lead, snacks for him…and I think he carries an extra stick! He says I’m his 3rd trailing dog, but I haven’t found any other dogs at home. Maybe they are hidden at Naval Hospital Bremerton where he works as their Emergency Manager.
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Certified: Trailing In Training: Land HRD
Travis & K9 Cody
Greetings All! My name is Cody and I’m a trailing dog!
I’m an Australian shepherd, which means I have a lot of drive and energy that we’ve focused for Search and Rescue. One of my favorite things to do is to follow a path where someone has travelled and then find them using my nose.
The guy at the other end of the leash is my handler Travis, I’m still teaching him how capable my senses really are. My favorite reward for finding people are treats, a game of tug, or a fun quick run with Travis to ping-pong between him and the person I’ve found.
We moved to Kitsap County at the end of 2015 and I really really like getting out to hike in the forests and along the beaches here, there is nothing quite like the PNW for a dog!
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K9 Fender with Lisa
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