It simply is not practical for me to run after one of my dogs for blocks and blocks. So what I do is bring out my best dog, use him in an area, which is Moses, and then I need to confirm the trail, so I bring in Solly, my Doberman.
When I was working the missing persons case out of Roseville, Susan Jacobson, Susan had been missing for one month. There were many search parties and she seemed to vanish, only her wallet was discovered with the contents tossed about.
So I met the husband in the parking lot where she parked to go to Raley’s and got a scent item. I had to circle Moses around to pick up the scent. He focused on one area in the middle. Then he refused to go north or west behind the store and instead headed to Starbucks, went between Wells Fargo and Starbucks out onto the sidewalk and then turned west, made an alert on a spot on the grass, turned around and went east to the crosswalk and then south across the street into a field that has a nature trail of sorts with a creek and also, even though open in much of the area, had a line of trees and brush and water, then surrounded by a library and school as well as a soccer field.
Moses took me to one path, sniffed the ground and alerted to one area then stopped. This is most likely a place of bodily fluids had seeped in the ground. Then I brought Solly over to the area where he too hit on the spot of the bodily fluid. It was now becoming quite hot out and I could not work my dogs in the hot summer morning air.
So, I came back the next day in the early morning and used Solly and Moon and they took me to another area of heavy scent. My best guess is that Susan was abducted by someone on foot at Starbucks, she tossed her wallet where Moses made the alert, and then she was taken to the field where an attempted assault took place. But because of the people in the area, she was then moved near a off traffic paved road, where Moses made the alert of bodily fluid she was put in a vehicle, possibly in the trunk of the car and taken away. She has not been located since.
I had to bring Solly and Moon out to search as once Moses finds the end point and the bodily fluid with no further trail that is freshest leading away, he will not continue. All three dogs alerted to the area of bodily fluids but Solly picked up the scent going deeper by the creek and so did Moon.
I did come out another day in the cool morning and used Solly to make an ID on the main library parking lot because of cameras I wanted to know if Susan had been in that parking lot. Solly just stood there sniffing the air and finally went over to the husband and made an alert on his clothes. Family members carry scent from the house with them including that of the missing person.
This is the first area where we worked scent for Susan. But you can see how I used all three dogs. Every trail must be confirmed by at least one other dog. I never take the word of just one K9. I could never do what I do with just one trained dog.