Looking at things from the bare surface, one can easily think ( although wrong) that dogs cannot go that far in a human rescue mission. Even with the availability of highly sophisticated tools, the use of trained dogs is still widely engaged in various parts of the world today.
I remember years ago when I was working with a telecommunication firm doing installations of telephone lines, broad width internet service and digital television decoder that uses Internet Protocol to function. As usual, in my then job, I visited a young man’s house based on a scheduled appointment. I later discovered that he was a policeman who worked in the department of trained dogs for various purposes.
In the course of the installation, he began to explain to me how he was due to travel to Haiti with his trained dog on a human rescue mission. Remember the Haiti earthquake, large scale earthquake that occurred January 12, 2010. Being totally new to this, it aroused a lot of curiosity in me and I had to listen carefully to all he had to say, which was extremely informative.
Dogs Reaction To Different Scenarios
Upon arrival to the site, the dogs are released to skillfully search for humans under the debris – whether dead or alive. It is quite important to understand that trained police dogs have different signs they make to alert their owners. The signs are clearly understood by their masters who will in turn swing into action based on the transmitted signal.
Surprisingly, dogs are not only able to identify humans under the debris (which is quite humanly impossible), they are also clearly able to point out the state of the human either dead or alive! What a useful natural tool at the disposal of man. Dogs have an extremely developed perception ability to detect things in their environment.
In the event that the person is still alive, the dog sends out a clear signal by making a short continuous beep repeatedly. This is done with a sense of urgency on the part of the dog because the person in question is still alive. The rescue team will now immediately rush to the site for a careful search of the individual.
On the contrary, if the individual under the debris is dead, everything changes with the skilled dog. Its response is noticeably sluggish and lengthy. It makes a sad and disappointing beep at longer intervals. This time without a sense of urgency as there is obviously nothing to be done to save the individual.
On a concluding note, it’s important to know that a lot of effort and resources are diligently engaged to train the dogs to the desired level of satisfaction. The accuracy of detection and mode of reaction of the dogs are worth mentioning as they are quite impressive. With a well-trained dog collaborating with officials on the rescue mission field, the capacity of work done is significantly boosted and fulfilling to the pet owners.