Other than the Mal part, thats my Abbie. Any time I see her rolling in the grass I know there is something dead there... A few days ago it was a tiny lizard.A dog trained to find a live person, is not going to find a dead one. Is that what they were expecting?
My Malinois would absolutely have found it. She can find a dead "anything" in a 12 acre park. Then she rolls in it!
She knows when there's a stray baseball hiding in the overgrown areas of the park.
We have seen that on several searches with deceased victims (live find dog change of behavior). It took me several years of dog training to get to where I could read the body language; it is an art and I have seen folks far more perceptive than I. I still would not expect a live find dog to do the trained indication as Mrs K said was a "requirement" or expectation.We had a recent case here in Maryland with a missing person, presumed dead for about 1 week. They used both live find and cadaver dogs in the search. The dog that found the body was a live find dog. Dog did not indicated but the handler knows her dog very well and saw from the change in the dogs behaviour that it had found something.