FIRST Detection K9 is dedicated to assisting with research in the field of human remains detection K9's.
Dr. Ben Alexander has published the following papers on HRD K9's:
The Effects of Soil Texture on the Ability of Human Remains Detection Dogs to Detect Buried Human Remains, Journal of Forensic Science, 61(3):n/a-n/a
Application of soil in forensic science: residual odor and HRD dogs, Forensic Science International, 2015 Apr;249:304-13.
Obedience training effects on search dog performance. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 132, 152–159
The staff at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) have been instrumental in the research as well as providing one of the top training opportunities in the world for HRD K9's. Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas.
The 30+ acre facility sits inside the 3,485-acre Freeman Ranch. Ten acres in the back of FACTS are currently being used for K9 training with a limited number of bodies allowing for not only a clear exposure experience but also off lead training scenarios.
FIRST Detection K9 promotes humane training of K9's utilizing science based methods.