Massachusetts Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit
is a charitable, non-profit
volunteer search and rescue unit dedicated to the training of
search and rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel in order
to provide professional and highly-skilled search and rescue
canine teams in the event of an emergency response event.
The first priority of MARK9 is to save lives.
not a dog training club or social organization.
will seek to certify canines that assertively seek out human scent, reliably
follow that scent to source and independently indicate the find.
encourages the training and deployment of strong, confident, independent,
hunt-driven canines by drawing from such working breeds as the German Shepherd,
Belgian Malinois and Doberman Pinscher, with consideration of other working
breeds at the discretion of the Charter Members, so as to make more likely the
rapid resolution of missing person searches.
requires its wilderness
search dogs which are cross-trained for the FEMA National USAR program to stay
with the victim and perform the bark alert. Search dogs which are used
exclusively for wilderness may elect whether to use a bark alert or an active
refind (ie, dog must perform a clear signal upon returning to the handler), but
are not permitted to cross-train in both alerts. MARK9 imposes these
requirements on its members because MARK9 believes that few search dogs can be
trained to effectively perform both the refind-behavior and the bark alert
without some deterioration of one or both of the learned behaviors. As MARK9
strongly supports the use of the bark alert in the FEMA National USAR program,
and as it firmly believes that disaster dogs which train in rugged, backwoods
terrain can make superb wilderness search dogs, MARK9 therefore believes it
illogical to deprive the public of a valuable emergency response resource
because of the alert system the dog may happen to use.