Search Response K9

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Wilderness Search and Rescue

Learn proper land navigation techniques and what it takes to train a dog for the wilderness LOST PERSON RESPONSE and how to handle unexpected situations.

Urban Search and Rescue

Learn the differences between training a dog for Wilderness SAR vs. Urban SAR.

Be aware that just because the dog is trained to do one does not mean it can successfully do the other.

Cadaver/Forensic Detection

Learn how to train a dog for cadaver detection work. From beginner to advanced training, understand scent theory, crime scene preservation and how to keep accurate training records in case you are called to testify in a criminal investigation or court hearing.

Training for Dog Handlers & their Dogsā€¦

Training is divided into stages which have to be passed before going on to the next one.

Progress is monitored and reviewed every month and a trainee is expected to attend 65% of the training available per year.


Site content will be constantly updated to represent the latest information on Search Response K9 policies, standards, and information for new members.

We also have a clinic!

Dr. Greg Stuart (veterinary)
We believe your pet is very special. We look forward to getting your pet started on the right paw! If you have questions, we invite you to contact us.


How do search dogs work?
A trained search dog can cover with its nose the same amount of ground it would take about 30 humans to search. Because the dogs are trained to scent discriminate it is not necessary, nor recommended, to delay the search while waiting for search dog teams to arrive.
How long does it take to train a search dog?
Trailing dog and handler teams usually train for 3 years prior to testing. Air scent dog and handler teams typically train for 2 years before testing.
How much time does it take to do search dog work?
Dog handlers train 300 to 500 hours per year to reach operational status with their dog.
Which breeds of dogs can be trained for search and rescue?
We have trained a variety of breeds of dogs. We have successfully trained working dogs, herding dogs, sporting dogs, and mixed breeds.
How old should a dog be to begin training?
Training may be started with dogs as young as 8 weeks. The important factor is that the dog must be bonded to its handler. Mature dogs have been successfully trained as well.
How strenuous is search and rescue for the handler?
CA dog handler must be prepared to respond to missions with enough personally owned gear to be in the wilderness for at least 24 hours.