Water Search Overview: Searching with Dogs in an Aquatic Environment

  • Debra TirmensteinEmail author
  • Robert Freedline


This chapter details both historic and current applications of dogs in water search for SAR/cadaver/human forensics, with crossover into terrestrial and conservation detection work (e.g., invasive plants and mussels). Key elements of the aquatic environment are identified along with a description of how water search is conducted with a dog, target scents, scent transfer, and types of water search (shoreline, dock, and from a boat).


Search dog Detector dog Water search Water dog Search and rescue SAR Cadaver dog Aquatic environment 


All kinds of water.

Lakes, rivers, oceans and pools.

I like the way it feels on my skin.

It feels good. It feels warm. It feels safe.

Dallas Ellison, age 10


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  1. 1.Clarkfork-Bitterroot Search DogsFrenchtownUSA

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