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Cadaver Dog / HRD Dog Training

Quick response to natural and man-made disasters can mean the difference between life and death for trapped victims. Highly trained Disaster Search Dog (DSD) teams are an increasingly important component in response efforts to save lives in the face of terrorist attacks, earthquakes and floods—and training these teams has never been more important.

Cadaver Detection Dog Training, HRD, Human Remains Detection or (Cadaver) dogs are trained to locate various types of human remains such as flesh, hair, bone, blood, teeth, etc. Cadaver dogs are trained to indicate on human odor in various states of decomposition. Cadaver detection dogs are trained in a variety of demanding environments to ensure their reliability in the field. These dogs can be trained to indicate with a passive (sit) or active (scratch) alert. We offer dogs trained for both land cadaver and water cadaver detection. Our cadaver dog courses are designed to teach the handler information on proper handling, reading and understanding cadaver dogs, basic and advanced human decomposition, record keeping, evidence handling, cadaver dog case law, liability with cadaver dogs, K-9 First Aid and CPR as well as proper handling and storing training aids.

FEMA US&R canine handlers are comprised of civilians, firefighters, and police department members. Most of the certified canines are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers.

For information on FEMA's Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) canine and handler certification and to locate the 28 Urban Search and Rescue task force in the United States, visit the Canine's Role in Urban Search & Rescue page.

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