Kimball, Shanon

Shanon Kimball has been handling trailing bloodhounds in SAR for 11 years. She has been deployed by local law enforcement and the FBI within the state of Alaska. She is the Founder/Trainer/Director of North Paw K9 Search and Recovery, a team of K-9 handlers who specialize in urban trailing, human remains detection and gunshot residue K-9s.

Shanon has been involved with search and rescue in Alaska in 2008. First, with the Anchorage Police Department (APD) Search Team and then five years with the Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs. Shanon is currently on the rotation of Incident Command for the Anchorage Search Team and has also been the Director of the Anchorage Search Team for the past 10 years.

Shanon is an instructor for National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR) and Law Enforcement Bloodhound Association/Forensic Canine Consultants (LEBA/FCC). She has taught seminars and certified dogs as far away as Germany for the German Bloodhound Mantrailing Association.


Class: Urban Search Management and Scent Theory to Aid Trailing K-9 Deployment

This class will focus on understanding the complex dynamics of the urban search and deploying trailing dogs, touching on what is scent and how to utilize scent patterns and scent understanding when deploying in an urban environment.