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Does ‘Search & Rescue’ interest you?

A man with Alzheimers wanders away from home. A child is missing, or a hiker becomes hopelessly lost in the mountains...

It’s drizzling rain, you’ve been walking for hours only to find that you’re right back at that same fallen tree again. It’s getting late, you’re getting cold, and the last bit of water in your bottle is almost gone... A K9 Search and Rescue Team could be the best solution in your situation.

What’s it take to be on a Search and Rescue Team?

Walk with me, and I will take you on the information journey to becoming a part of a very special group of individuals. We do this, after allĀ “...So Others May Live

So you want to be a K9 handler? Let’s talk...

As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about before you can decide if this job is right for you. Having good information is the place to start, and you’ve definitely found that place!

Things to consider....
SAR dog handlers must enjoy working with dogs and being in the outdoors in all kinds of weather. They must be physically fit and able to respond to emergencies. They must become proficient in land navigation, search techniques, radio communications, wilderness survival, and first aid.

Requirements for the SAR dog include trainability, agility, endurance, and the ability to get along with other dogs and people. It normally takes one to three years of training before a dog/handler team is mission-ready. All units evaluate a candidate team’s search proficiency before fielding them on actual missions.

Do you have to own a dog to be a member?

Not everyone on the team needs to own a dog. Search teams consist of a handler & dog plus an additional search team member, or Walk-Along. These members go with a handler and dog to assist with searching. They must know the same ground search skills and render first-aid, but do not have a K-9 partner.

If you are interested, fill out our team application and contact us immediately!


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