Search and Rescue Dogs Receive Training

dog sarJACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Search and Rescue dogs are receiving special training this week to help them locate missing people.

The dogs were put through a specialized course in downtown Jacksonville Friday morning and followed a scent trail toward their target. Those animals are used in search and rescue cases and for finding people who may have wandered away from home.

Trainers said it becomes much more difficult for dogs to follow a trail in the city, because there are more people, cars and animals to throw them off the scent.

“We’re trying to get the dogs used to working around traffic, hot surfaces, parking lots, lots of other people around, and they can hopefully follow a given scent and find our person,” said SAR volunteer Mickey Evans.

Search and Rescue crews from Jackson, Josephine and Coos counties are all participating in the four-day training.