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Spokane Bloodhounds Training to Track

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Finding a child in a city the size of Spokane is like searching for a needle in a haystack, unless you have the nose for it.

Bloodhounds with Inland Empire Bloodhounds Search and Rescue are trained to sniff, seek and find lost persons. Whether it's a hiker in the mountains or an Alzheimer patient, bloodhounds are born with a natural instinct to find what they're after.

Jason McCollim trains up to three days a week with his two bloodhounds. They've worked together numerous times to find those who have lost their way.

"It's pretty amazing. The first time I did it, I didn't think we were going anywhere. And then we came up to the person and the dog sat and I thought O.K. I can't believe we just found that person. You just have to trust your dog. That's the key ingredient."

But there is one thing that can end a search. McCollim says a common error is contaminating a missing persons belongings. For example: If you're looking for a missing hiker and you spot the hikers car, don't touch it. If you do, the bloodhounds may find you and not the hiker.

For more information about Empire Bloodhounds Search and Rescue, just click here

 

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