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Water Recovery Dogs

Water Recovery Dogs will search in a boat over water to determine the approximate sub-surface location of a human body as a guide for dive or drag teams to narrow the search area for body recovery.

Water recovery is also an air-scent skill. It is very time and resource intensive. We work beginning dogs in the summer and fall when we have access to divers, and intermediate to advanced dogs, during warmer months of the year, with cadaver material.

A dog should have a solid cadaver foundation before beginning water recovery work. It takes about 2 seasons of consistent water training before a handler and dog are ready for certification testing.