Search and Rescue dogs are a valuable asset in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. Dedicated handlers and well-trained dogs are required for them to be effective in search efforts. Search and rescue dogs are typically worked, by a small team on foot.
Search and rescue dogs detect human scent. Although the exact processes are still being researched, the scent may include skin rafts (scent-carrying skin cells that drop off living humans at a rate of about 40,000 cells per minute), evaporated perspiration, respiratory gases, or decomposition gases released by bacterial action on human skin or tissues.
SULSAR uses two types of dogs Trailing and Area dogs. All the dog are family pets trained to the high standards of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association. The dog team is not separate to the main team but they train more often separately to the main team, as well as the standard team training. To train a dog takes time and commitment. You need to been in the team for a period of time before you can become part of the dog section.