SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Their noses lead the way. K-9 dogs used in search and rescue missions are true heroes.
This week, they're getting extra training in Sarasota.
"Florida provides a whole lot of obstacles for them: the heat, the vegetation. We are trying to set up some real-life scenarios that they may encounter," said Tami Treadway.
Treadway is the team leader with Sarasota 9 Search and Rescue. They're holding a four-day seminar to help the K-9s and their handlers hone in on their skills.
"The diversity that they need in what they are going to be asked for. You just never know what situation will occur and what they will be asked to do," Treadway said.
The seminar focuses on human remains detection and has the teams work both in the classroom and outdoors.
More than 30 dogs and their handlers from across the U.S and Canada are getting hands-on experience.
At Oscar Scherer State Park, K-9s search under railroad tracks, in burned-out areas, and through wooded spots.
“It’s all about making them better for the job for when they’re needed to help find a lost loved one," Treadway said.
The teams will be training throughout the weekend.
They are using locations that provide a number of different surfaces, environments, and equipment that can be used as real-life scenarios.
For more information, call 941-915-0560 or visit sarasotak9sar.net.