K9 Search & Rescue of Orange City - Missing Pet Services


Specializing in helping owners in the safe recovery of their lost pets. 





How the Search Dog Works

A search dog is a very specific tool that might not be suitable for all missing pet situations. As with most projects getting your pet home may be one of the most challenging projects you have faced and multiple tools may be required in order to be successful. 

It is important to have a scent specific article. This is an item that has ONLY the scent of your missing pet. Best options for a scent article is something that has come in direct contact with your pet: bedding, collar, harness, hairbrush, toy and pet clothes.  If you have multiple pets, it is imperative that the scent article not be contaminated with another petís scent! The search dogs can distinguish between multiple scents.  But if your other petís scent is in the area being search, it makes it very difficult to determine which scent the search dog is alerting to.

The search dog will start at the last known place you witnessed your pet. The search dog will attempt to find the direction of travel (which way the pet went). If the search dog establishes the direction of travel he will attempt to follow the trail. The search dog will not trail for extended distances. The purpose of using the search dog is to help locate the area your pet has traveled through and the area your pet may possibly be residing.

In cases where the search dog is not able to pick up the petís trail, the search dog will do a search of the area to look for the scent of your pet. The search dog does NOT usually walk up and find a pet unless the pet is deceased. In the case of living pets, the search dog is trained not to get close enough to frighten the pet and force the pet out of the hiding place; but there is the possibility that this could happen.  

The goal for using the search dog should be to find the location your pet is at or determining the pet is no longer in the area.  At that point instruction will be provided as to what methods should be used to safely get your pet home. This may involve the use of more signage, talking to neighboring home owners, use of wild life cameras and in certain situations trapping. If you are unable to follow through with the instructions provided, either on your own or by hiring us to provide this service for you, the use of a search dog may not be your best option. Using the search dog alone will most likely not result in getting your pet home.

The search dog can only work a limited amount of time and that is governed by terrain and temperatures. When the search dog has reached his limit or has done all he can, the search will be concluded. Trying to push the search dog beyond his limits will only result in information that will be of no value in your search.

Valuable information the search dog may provide:

  • Your pets initial direction of travel
  • If your pet is still in the area
  • If a reported sighting is truly your pet
  • Evidence that something detrimental may have happened to your pet
    Our main goal is to help you find your pet.  We offer the Search Dog service to assist you in finding your pet and providing you with useful information to aid you in your search. Unfortunately we can make no predictions or guarantees on how the search will go or the outcome.  We do promise to do our very best to help you get your pet home.

For more information about the search dog service, please call 386-717-4074


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