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Flo, a Mountain Rescue Dog is trained to discover people buried in the snow

Flo, a Mountain Rescue Dog is trained to discover people buried in the snow
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If you were buried in the snow, you would certainly want a Mountain Rescue Dog to find you. Flo, is just one dog who has made an amazing video showcasing her skills.

By Dawn Parrish, 2 Mar 2019

Many of the Search and Rescue Dog Associations, are charitable, voluntary organisations that are called upon by people in need. These astounding rescue dogs are responsible for searching for and very often discovering, the many thousands of missing people that get lost in challenging environments.

Mountain Rescue Dogs receive valuable training

There are many situations where people go missing in the mountains and moorlands of the UK. Climbers, hill walkers, children and sometimes people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s can go missing outdoors. Mountain Rescue Dogs often work in coordination with the Police and other emergency services. It’s certainly good to know, that given these circumstances that qualified, vigilant animals are here to help us.

Mountain Rescue Dogs are trained to find missing humans

These hard-working dogs don’t actually follow the tracks of a missing person. They are trained to “air scent” them by following the human scent downwind, that travels on air currents. The dog will then indicate to his handler that he has successfully located the missing person. Due to their amazing scent of smell, the Mountain Rescue Dogs are able to pick up on a scent from a quarter of a mile away. Volunteers attend around 132 training days before their dogs are qualified to attend a rescue mission.

Training also takes place in snow covered locations

Flo, a 4 year old dog, one of the Mountain Rescue Dogs, is currently undergoing training routines to discover people buried in the snow. A recent video charting her training and success has been placed on social media. A volunteer, armed with a camera, dug himself deep into the snow. Once Flo, the dog picked up on the human scent, she demolished the snow wall with her body, to rescue the guy. You can tell just by the dog’s response how happy she is to have made her remarkable rescue.

 

Ever wondered what it would be like to be buried in snow and found by one of our happy search and rescue dogs? She is Search Dog Flo, a Border Collie from Edale Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District. She is almost 4 years old and is a brilliant search dog. See more of our dogs at #MeetOurSearchDogs or on our website: mountainrescuesearchdogsengland.org.uk/meet-the-dogs/

Posted by Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England on Wednesday, February 20, 2019