Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Up in the air

By From page A9 | June 28, 2013

For search-and-rescue dogs, saving lives is all in a day’s work. But these furry heroes don’t all work the same.
Nose to the ground. Nose in the air. Not to oversimplify things, but up or down, it’s all in the position of the nose.
Trackers, or tracking dogs, put their nose to the ground and get busy. These dogs work from a “last seen” starting point and require something with the missing person’s scent. Trackers don’t search; they follow. They are the dogs you call when a child goes missing on the way to school, when a dementia patient wanders off, when a prisoner escapes.

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