Tracking dogs

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Tracking is the flipside of trailing. In tracking, dogs search for missing persons without having any reference scent to go on.

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Tracking

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In this type of search, which is often used to find young children or elderly people suffering from senility disorders, dog and handler are assigned a geographic area to explore. While the skills involved are very similar to those demanded in disaster searches, this is very physically demanding work for dogs which may be asked to cover several tens of miles at a time. When it finds a person, the dog is trained to bark or return to its handler and take the handler to the victim.

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The lives of several hundred children and adults are saved every year by tracking dogs.

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In some countries, including New Zealand, the dog may wear a GPS tracking device or a radio transmitter, which switches on automatically when disconnected from its holder, either by the person the dog finds, if conscious, or by the dog itself, which is trained to leave the device near the victim.

The lives of several hundred children and adults are saved every year by tracking dogs.

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