Meet DFD’s K9 and Handler Tracking Teams

DFD Team:
K9 Heidi and Anne

Meet Heidi and Anne.

Heidi is a German Shepherd with just a splash of Labrador! She has an incredible nose and drive to perform searches for pets, people and objects. Along a search track she locates and downs on articles that a person or pet has dropped.

Anne and Heidi have successfully tracked both pets and people. She has also earned citations from the Governor of Maryland and Anne Arundel County for assisting our local police.

Heidi is extremely friendly and gets along beautifully with dogs! All dogs are her friends, whether they want to be or not.

Heidi was the founding K9 for Dogs Finding Dogs. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge in late 2015. We all miss her very much.

K9 Heidi’s Hero’s Foundation Heavenly Sent Help assists those whose pet has passed over the rainbow bridge and also assist those with pets that have cancer.

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DFD Team:
K9 Gretel and Anne

Meet K9 Gretel and Anne.

K9 Gretel comes from the National Tactical Police Dog Associations breeding program.

The president of Dogs Finding Dogs runs this certifying and training center.  She was sent up to Maryland as a 8 week old puppy and has been tracking ever since.

K9 Gretel is a German Shepherd from great working dog lines.  K9 Gretel is very sweet and sometimes overly friendly.

She has also learned her tracking by going out on tracks with our founder dog K9 Heidi.  Gretel has tremendous energy and drive.  She loves to work.  She has been raised with 6 cats and K9 Heidi.

We are pleased to have her as an addition to our teams.

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DFD Team:
K9 Lessa and Mary

Meet Lessa and Mary. 

Lessa is a German Shepherd. She has a incredible nose and drive to perform searches for pets, people and objects. Along a search track she locates and downs on articles that a person or pet has dropped.

She has successfully tracked dogs and people. Tracking is her favorite job! She gets very excited and vocal when the tracking gear comes out!

Lessa has been awarded her AKC CGC and her Schutzhund BH. Lessa is a rescue dog from our local MidAtlantic German Shepherd Rescue.

She is one of the DFD founding K9s. Lessa crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Memorial Day, 2016. She and Heidi are helping lost pets from the other side now.

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DFD Team:
K9 Maggie and John

Meet Maggie and John.

Maggie is a German Shepherd that loves tracking and obedience work.

Two of Maggie’s grandparents were search and rescue dogs and many of her kinfolk are police dogs and work in other capacities; so as Hank Jr. might sing, she is simply following a family tradition.

We knew Maggie was destined to look for lost pets when she found her neighbor “Snoopy,” a Beagle who had run away from home. Within 30 minutes Maggie took us to the back yard of the person who had found Snoopy and he was reunited with his family.

John has owned and trained Germans Shepherds most of his life and enjoys working with dogs. Maggie has her AKC CGC and her Schutzhund BH. She continues to train at Arrowwood Shepherds.

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DFD Team:
K9 Trusty and Wendy

Meet Trusty and Wendy. 

K9 Trusty and Wendy bring the terrific nose of the Bloodhound to DFD. Trusty is a kind, gentle but determined SAR dog. Having the best known nose in the world, Trusty can smell the animals a great distance away. Her drive to find the missing pet goes unquestioned. Her big ears and pretty green eyes send the message of kindness and confidence.

Wendy is a certified handler thru the National Tactical Police Dog Association having completed their SAR program with flying colors. She is also a professional dog trainer. She brings expertise in both urban and wilderness tracking to the DFD team.

We are proud to have this team on our staff. The SAR techniques that Wendy offers help ensure that no stone goes unturned.

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DFD Team:
K9 Athena and Kimberly

Meet Athena and Kimberly. 

Athena is a German Shepherd with energy that never quits.   She has good drive, energy and stamina to follow a trail until it ends.

Athena was an owner surrender, turned foster turned rescue from a local German Shepherd Rescue in July 2014.  Together Kim and Athena have found a new calling.   Athena moves quickly along the track to locate people and animals.  She has developed  a very good nose…and she follows it no matter what size the toes!

Athena has found her gift in life and will be working hard to ensure everyone has a happy ending at home… where the heart is.

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DFD Team:
K9 Simon and Abril

Meet K9 Simon and Abril.

Simon is a Golden Retriever with high energy and a warm personality.

Abril rescued Simon from the Baltimore City shelter.  He was being brought in to be abandoned and he jumped into Abril’s lap — it was love at first sight.

Simon is a natural tracker and loves his job. Once he picks up even a faint scent of your furry friend, he keeps his nose on it until he finds his mark.  His nickname is “Hoover”.  He tracks like a vacuum cleaner.

Simon and Abril make a great team.  They are both very determined and enjoy the great reward of seeing pets reunited with their owners.

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DFD Team:
K9 Riley and Felicia

Meet K9 Riley and Felicia. 

Felicia acquired K9 Riley from a rescue situation.  He is a German Shepherd.   His nickname is Marmaduke. He is very tall and long and is one of the sweetest dogs.

K9 Riley is very pet friendly and has been raised with other dogs, cats and farm animals.

Felicia’s father was a K9 Maryland State Trooper. She has shared her whole life with police officers and their working dogs.  This knowledge of working dogs makes for a great team.

Felicia and K9 Riley head our West Virginia office. K9 Riley is ready to find some of your furry loved ones.

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DFD Team:
K9 Jake and Tim

Meet K9 Jake and Tim.

Jake is a Black and Tan Coonhound.  He came from a kill shelter in Parkersburg, WV and was brought to a rescue in Phoenix, MD. where he was adopted by Tim. Tim discovered that Jake had a nose for tracking when he did it for fun a few times after his obedience classes.

Jake has success tracking both dogs and cats.  He is known for his endurance and stamina

While Jake can do all types of tracks, his breed is built for rural tracks where the animal being searched has covered a lot of ground.

Jake loves to work and reunite owners with their pets.

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DFD Team:
K9 Scipio and Clementine

Meet K9 Scipio and Clementine.

Scipio is a Belgian Malinois who, true to his breed, loves to work. After a number of wins in AKC obedience and rally trials and because of his eagerness to please, Clementine felt it was time to become helpful.

Clementine, with a PhD in Anthropology, studies therapy work with animals in the US, Germany, Russia, and Japan.

Scipio loves sniffing out locations of lost pets.

In his spare time, he works as a certified therapy dog and continues to compete in AKC trials.

Scipio resides with his rescued buddies, Rosie (Miniature Dachshund) and Boo (Australian Shepherd).

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DFD Team:
K9 Bolo and Janel

Meet K9 Bolo and Janel.

Janel has been with us as a tracker for over 7 years.  Her success rate is incredible!  She is involved in competition sports with K9s and is very methodical with her cases.

K9 Bolo is Belgian Malinois who has come to DFD from Tarheel K9, the National Tactical Police Dog Association.  His tracking abilities are intense and very accurate.  K9 Bolo also has one of the sweetest dispositions.  DFD also has his brother, K9 Ragar, working for us.

We are very excited to have this team on board with DFD.

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DFD Team:
K9 Ragar and Maddy

Meet K9 Ragar and Maddy.

Maddy is a terrific tracker.  She has been a animal control officer for years.  Her knowledge of trapping and tracking lost animals is superior.  Maddy has trained many dogs in competition obedience.  She also has rehabilitated many dogs that came into the shelter that were deemed unadoptable.  These pups found their forever homes all due to Maddy’s love and patience.

K9 Ragar is a Belgian Malinois.  One of our other tracking dogs is K9 Ragar’s brother, K9 Bolo.  He came to DFD from Tarheel K9 ie the National Tactical Police Dog Association. His tracking abilities are nose to the ground and very accurate.  He has the kindest heart and the sweetest disposition.

We are very excited to have this team on board with DFD.

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DFD Team:
K9 Chyna and Ashley

Meet K9 Chyna and Ashley.

Ashley has an extensive background in tracking having competed in such dog sports as Schutzhund in tracking, obedience and protection. Ashley is very detailed oriented which comes from her career as a lawyer. Her attention to detail and solving the mystery of where a pet could be traveling is exceptional.

Chyna is a high drive pure bred German Shepherd. Her nose is incredible. Chyna has energy to go long distances. With all that she has been taught she is a tracking machine!

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Join the Dogs Finding Dogs Tracking Teams

We are actively recruiting dog & handler teams

We have a few requirements:

  • Proof of AKC Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) certificate
  • Basic Obedience Training (minimum)
  • 1+ year of Professional Tracking Training Preferred (will evaluate other dogs)
  • Proof of all immunizations
  • Evaluation of tracking by Dogs Finding Dogs
  • Flexibility. We cannot anticipate when we are called out.

If you fill the requirements above, please contact us!  We host tracking training and evaluations so if you believe you are a good candidate, contact us to learn how you can get started.

PHONE (410) 908-6374   E-MAIL  dogsfindingdogs@gmail.com