Maine K9 Services



Search and Rescue Dog Team Training:
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue
  • Air Scent Searches for Missing Persons
  • Tracking or Trailing (Scent Specific)
  • Article or Evidence Search
  • Human Remains Detection on Land or Water
  • Handler Training:
    • Navigation, GPS and Computer Mapping Use, Strategy, Crime Scene Preservation, Legal Aspects, etc.
    • Basic Search and Rescue Dog Handler Course - Online Course
    • Crime Scene Preservation Course (Satisfies International Police Work Dog Association certification requirements) - Online Course
  • K-9 Search Planning and Management

Working Dog Team Training:

  • Basic K-9 Handler’s Course for Maine
  • Basic Working Dog Handler Course - Online Course
  • Scent Discrimination Tracking
  • Basic Tracking
  • Search and Rescue Hasty Search
  • Evidence or Article Search
  • Human Remains Detection
Training for the General Public:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Basic Working Dog Handler Course - Online Course
  • Basic Search and Rescue Dog Handler Course - Online Course
  • Behavior Problems
  • Tracking
  • Coaching in Shutzhund Obedience or Tracking
  • Article Search (a fun game to teach your dog that can be used later to help you find lost articles)

Training can be individualized for each team, according to the team’s schedule and needs.

Training can be in the form of seminars or as actual course work that trains teams from start to finish.

Deborah Palman has also had over 35 years experience in the wilderness K-9 search and rescue field from the ground search level to the organization and planning of searches. She would be happy to provide information or advice on the use and capabilities of wilderness search and rescue dogs and how SAR organizations work and respond to SAR incidents.
"To Whom It May Concern
Re: Deborah Palman, Maine K-9 Services
On the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2010, my mother Beth Upton went missing on a hike in the woods near her home in Waterville Valley, NH. After an exhaustive 10 day search led by the NH Fish & Game with over 200 professionals & volunteers, my mother could not be found.
Seeking to continue the search on my own, I was referred to Deborah Palman. She made the 5 hour drive from Maine to Waterville Valley, NH, and continued to search with her 2 German Shepherds, Alec & Quinni.
Deborah is a true professional. She uses GPS technology, studies maps of previous searches, and works closely with local & state officials. She takes nothing for granted, and is most willing to follow any lead, no matter the source.
Because of her 30 year career as a Maine Game Warden, Deborah is especially skilled at reading the woods. In the end, finding my mother proved to be an extremely difficult case. Deborah would not give up.
She soldiered on for hours in pouring rain and cold weather. Because of her determination, my mother was found by her when all others had given up hope. We are humbled by her compassion and professionalism.
It goes without saying we feel that she is the sole reason my mother was found. I highly recommend Deborah and her services for any search situation.

Diane Best (Daughter
of Beth Upton) and
Christopher Lawrence"

SAR Dog Fire

SAR Dog Fire

Thanks to the seminar and IPWDA testing sponsors who made 2019 successful:

Columbia Basin Search Dogs

Flathead County Sheriff’s Office

Maine Search and Rescue Dogs

During 2018, Deborah Palman and K-9 Raven were blessed with being able to find a missing 93-year-old woman, Sue Hubbard, around midnight in a remote area during a search in Milbridge, Maine.

Sometimes finding the missing person is just a matter of doing your job and being assigned the right area: See Ellsworth American Breaking News.

In 2019, Deborah Palman and K-9 Raven successfully renewed their certifications in Wilderness Area Search and Water Search with the Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, and their Cadaver Detection certification with the USPCA and Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

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