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The K-9 Unit is one of several specialized resource
units of TSAR. The canine resource increases search
capeabilities beyond the scope of human sensory
perception. Canines can discern the scent of one
particle in one million. Most humans have
approximately 8 million cells inside their nose
dedicated to smell. Canines have approximately
120–200 million cells dedicated to smell
Our Canines are cross-trained in two separate canine
search modalities: air scent and track/trailing. Canines
and canine handlers must undergo a series of
evaluations before reaching mission readiness.
The TSAR K-9 Unit trains one day every week to keep
this resource at ready and in peak condition. Even with
this dedication, it takes 1.5 to 2 years to fully train a
mission-ready canine and canine handler, training a
minimum of one day each week in the search modality
plus addtional obedience, agility and behavioral
shaping every day by the individual handler. While all of
our dogs are trained in live detection, some of our
canines additionally become proficient in human
Air scent is generated from air/wind blowing past a
person, carrying scent across the landscape for up to
several miles. The dog works with his head held high
hunting for scent on the wind. This search modality may
be conducted through generic search (dog hunts for any
human scent in the area) or through scent specific
search (dog hunts for a specic scent from a given scent
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Tracking scent is generated from human scent on
the shoe plus the resultant crushed vegitation.
Trailing scent is generated from human scent
dropped/blown into nearby vegetation as the person
walks along. For this search modality, the dog's head
is lowered nearer the ground. Tracking/trailing is a
scent specific only modality requiring a scent article
and a point last seen.
Human Remains Detection is an unfortunate, but
important part of how the canine resource serves us.
It is one of the important reources we can use to help
families reach closure when the unthinkable occurs.
K-9 UNIT MEMBERS
K-9 Zatoichi & Handler Delinda VanneBrightyn