Area dogs search for any person in a large area. They work off leash and range out away from their handler. READ MORE When the dog finds any person it returns to its handler and performs a trained “alert,” such as barking. The handler then instructs the dog to take them back to the person. Because these dogs are trained to find any person they are a great resource when there is no available scent article to provide the scent of the missing or lost person to a Trailing Dog. They are also very effective when a large wilderness area needs to be searched because they can cover a great distance. Area Dogs’ human handlers keep the dogs working in a methodical manner taking into consideration terrain and weather conditions. Area Dog Handlers are particularly well trained and experienced in wilderness navigation and scent theory. When properly and consistently trained these dogs are a valuable resource for the Search and Rescue command.