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General Public Programs

We offer an entertaining and educational PowerPoint and live demonstration of Airscent Search Dogs to general audiences. Whether you are a charitable or business organization or a senior center, the pictures, search stories and of course the dogs make a great 45 – 60 minute program. There is no charge (though a donation of any amount is most appreciated). Please contact us at info@nek9sar.org for more detailed descriptions and to schedule a date.

The following is a description of our general public presentation:

New England K-9 Search & Rescue: How a volunteer K-9 Search and Rescue Group Saving Lives in New Hampshire and Vermont for 30 Years

A member of New England K-9 Search & Rescue will lecture and then demonstrate how airscent search dogs work. The lecture includes a PowerPoint show of the search dogs and their handlers performing during real searches and training. The lecture and images explain how we use positive reinforcement techniques to train the dogs to hunt for the lost person on land, water, snow and debris.

Missing-person incidents are all too common, whether it is a child who walks away from a picnic and disappears, or an elderly person with Alzheimer’s who wanders from their home, or a hunter who doesn’t return to his truck at the end of the day, or a fisherman’s boat is found empty, or a dam bursts flooding homes and vehicles, or innocents are trapped by disaster in rubble.

For more than 30 years New England K-9 Search and Rescue (NEK-9 SAR) has helped both save lives and bring closure to families of the deceased. Our highly trained and experienced search dog/handler teams and support personnel strategically located throughout New Hampshire and Vermont are on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, ready for immediate response.

NEK-9 SAR’s canines are specially trained airscent dogs that don’t need to locate a track to find a missing person. Instead, they rely on human scent carried on the wind. This allows them and their handlers to cover extremely large areas quickly and at night when human searchers are the least effective. And in any search, time is of the essence. Even if the missing person isn’t injured, hypothermia is often a life-threatening possibility, even during warm weather.

NEK9 SARs’ dogs, through rigorous and continuous training, can locate the “out of place” person – alive or dead -- even if the search area has been “contaminated” by other people. Our dogs are also certified in human remains detection, and can also assist in locating drowned subjects.


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