Search and rescue dogs enjoy a day of training at the Kansas Museum of History

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A group of hardworking K9s from the Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association put their best paws forward on Labor Day.

The class was in training dog session at the Kansas History Museum to practice finding human remains, missing persons and lost items.

Lessons for the day included finding donated human organs and locating a hidden person.

The director of the Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association says, “We find missing people, whether they’re dead or alive, we find missing people. So if you’re missing, if your child goes missing while you’re camping, I have dogs that can find them. If you’re out there and someone’s been missing for several days, I have dogs that can find them. I also have trail dogs who can tell you where they have been which is fantastic and also a very useful tool and I also have another dog who is not here today who is certified to find ammunition”.

One of the dogs may even use an object like shoes, clothing, or wallets to sniff out a trail.

“He was bred for it, so once I present him with an article about perfume that’s kind of imprinted in his brain and he’s going to follow that to the end of the line,” the dog handler explains, Wade Waddle.

The team is made up of 12 people and 15 dogs.

Training begins at the puppy stage and can last from 18 months to two years.

“You start by putting something in there and they can see it and when they put their nose to it they get a treat or a toy, whatever their favorite is…it has to be their favorite cause that really inspires them to work for it, that’s their pay,” says Stanley.

The association offers its services free of charge to law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are here as a tool to help local first responders find these people as quickly as possible. That’s what he was bred for, that’s why we train him every week to be ready for when we need to be called upon,” says Waddle.

Stanley says she is proud of the work her team can provide to the community.

“I’m so proud of them, I’m so excited. You know I’m here with the other managers who go yes! Yeah!, because they’re so good at their job and it’s just… she’s doing it again, she’s so horny! But it’s really fun to do that and it’s also really rewarding because you know you’re building that relationship and that bond with the dog, so that’s fantastic,” says Stanley.

If you would like to donate or help out as a dog handler, you can email [email protected]

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