The Article Search Test is a comprehensive evaluation of the Team’s ability to locate items that have recent human odor on them.

The Master Trainer will inform the handler that the test has been failed, if the Master Trainer determines that the dog is not working or at least three (3) of the four (4) test items have not been located. All testing and times will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer.

Search Area

The search area will be no less than forty feet (40) by forty feet (40) with moderate vegetation and contamination.


The handler can retrieve the article, or have the dog retrieve the article, once the indication is made. The dog must find three (3) out of the four (4) articles to pass this test.

Any urinating/defecating in training or testing area and/or around a “hide” is immediate grounds for failure!

Certificate valid as long as member in good standing, per Departmental Policy or State requirements, for maximum of 2 years.