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Midwest K9 Search Unit has teams certified in the disciplines of area search (live and deceased), trailing, and water recovery.

area search

Area search K9s can cover a large area of various terrain more efficiently than a human team of searchers. These K9s are either live find or human remains K9s. Incidents may include missing persons or disaster debris fields, such as flood or tornado. 

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A trailing K9 works from where a missing person was last known to be and follows the path taken by that person. The K9 is scent-specific to that person and can give searchers an idea of where the person went (direction of travel.) This is the only type of K9 that is scent-specific, meaning they require an item that has the odor of the missing person. 


Water search

Water search K9s work from the front of a boat and search bodies of water to locate missing persons. They help narrow down the areas recovery divers would need to cover. These K9s can also work the edge of water from a shoreline, similar to an area search. 

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