Search and Rescue Dog Training

Dogs have a very special role in the world of Search and Rescue, as their keen sense of smell, enhanced hearing, night vision and endurance have continually proven to be invaluable in the effort to locate missing, lost and injured persons. Because of their extraordinary abilities, dogs are often able to reduce the time spent searching, thereby increasing the chances that the missing person will be found alive. Experts estimate that a single dog team can be as effective as 20 to 30 trained human searchers in locating a missing person in a given period of time. Search and Rescue dogs can be trained in land cadaver, water cadaver, tracking, trailing, air scenting, urban or wilderness search and rescue. Tracking and trailing dogs can be trained for scent discrimination, wilderness tracking or variable surface / hard surface tracking. Some dogs can be cross-trained in a number of these areas.

Are you Ready?

search and rescue dog trainingAre you and your Search and Rescue Dog ready for the next disaster or critical incident? At Highland Canine Training, LLC we understand that lives often depend on it! Therefore, we offer the best Search and Rescue training courses available. Our facility has a fully functional rubble pile, a regulation FEMA agility course and a pond for cadaver training. We also have thousands of acres of wilderness, several large bodies of water and access to several different rubble piles within minutes of our training facility. So, whether it is a missing child, a tornado or massive hurricane, or even an act of terrorism that you are called to assist with, allow Highland Canine Training the opportunity to prepare you and your dog to be the best possible.

Search and Rescue Dog Training

Our Search and Rescue dog training is progressive and taught by active search and rescue dog handlers. Our dogs are trained in some of the most rigorous environments on the east coast. Some of the dogs that we have trained have proven themselves during disasters such as tornados, Hurricane Katrina, and other natural and man made disasters across the country. At Highland Canine Training, LLC we understand that the majority of Search and Rescue Dog handlers and teams across the country operate on a volunteer basis. Therefore, we offer affordable dogs and training to meet the needs of most handlers and teams. All of our Search and Rescue dog programs come with a comprehensive handler course and all course materials. Our goal is to provide each handler and team with all of the necessary tools and knowledge to be a productive and effective Search and Rescue Dog Team.

If you already own a dog that you are considering for search and rescue training, give us a call and we will be happy to assist you in evaluating your dog for search and rescue training and setting up a training program that fits your needs. Our evaluation is $50 and we will be happy to give you advice and training options for your potential SAR dog. We often train Search and Rescue Dogs for private individuals, as well as members of fire, police and sheriff’s departments. If you already have a SAR K-9, we offer in-service training, problem solving, American Red Cross Pet CPR and First Aid certification, Search and Rescue Seminars and a comprehensive handler course. Call us today to discuss your individual or team needs!

Our instructors are volunteer search and rescue K-9 handlers and certified SARTECH’s by the National Association for Search and Rescue. As such, we are able to provide you with fully trained search and rescue dogs in a variety of breeds. We also offer comprehensive Search and Rescue Dog Trainers Courses and Certification Programs for those interested in becoming a trainer for their team, training their own SAR dog or pursuing a career in training Search and Rescue Dogs.

Tracking/Trailing Dog Training

tracking trailing dog trainingTracking Trailing Dog Training – Dogs can be trained in scent discrimination tracking / trailing. Tracking and Trailing dogs are capable of following human odor for great distances. Tracking and Trailing dogs are by far, the most utilized of all search and rescue dogs. These dogs are trained to track / trail on various terrains such as grass, gravel, concrete, asphalt, sand and wooded areas, otherwise known as VST or Variable Surface Tracking. Tracking / Trailing dogs are a valuable asset in locating missing children, Alzheimers patients and other missing persons. Tracking / Trailing dogs can also be taught to conduct scent line-ups and suspect identifications. Our Tracking and Trailing handler course typically lasts for two weeks and provides training on equipment types and proper use, proper handling skills, understanding negative indications, understanding and managing training variables, basic and advanced scent theory, record keeping and report writing, proper maintenance training,as well as K9 first aid and CPR. Our handler schools also provide the handler with ample hands-on training with a variety of dogs to ensure that they are capable of reading and understanding tracking and trailing dogs.

Urban Search and Rescue Dog Training

disaster dog trainingUrban Search and Rescue Dog Training – USAR, Disaster or Urban Search and Rescue Dogs are trained to search for live humans in various environments. These dogs are utilized to search collapsed buildings and other structures after, tornados, earthquakes as well as other natural and man made disasters. Urban search and rescue dogs take a considerable amount of training and require a huge commitment on the part of the handler to maintain. These search dogs are trained to be comfortable on collapsed buildings and other unstable footings such as roofing and rubble. USAR dogs are typically trained in agility, on and off leash obedience as well as distance (directional) control. Disaster dogs are capable of performing in the rigorous and harsh environments that are created by the disaster scenes that they are required to perform in. Our Urban Search and Rescue Dog handler courses include training in search methods and strategies, understanding training variables, basic and advanced scent theory, managing disasters and critical incidents, K-9 First Aid and CPR, record keeping and maintenance training. Our courses offer the handler a great deal of practical, hands-on training to ensure that they are comfortable working with their USAR dog in the field.

Wilderness Search and Rescue Dog Training

wilderness search and rescue dogWilderness Search and Rescue Dog Training – Wilderness dogs are trained to locate individuals in rugged terrain that is generally difficult for human searchers to navigate. Wilderness search dogs are typically trained in agility as well as on and off lead obedience for complete control. These dogs generally work off lead as air-scenting dogs to locate lost or missing individuals quickly and reliably. Wilderness search dogs can be trained with a bark and hold indication or a re-find alert. Our Wilderness Search and Rescue Dog handler courses offer instruction in basic and advanced scent theory, K-9 variables, proper handling techniques, proper search patterns and methodology as well as record keeping and maintenance training. These courses provide hands on training in some of the most rugged environments that the east coast has to offer.

Human Remains Detection – Cadaver Dog Training

cadaver dog trainingCadaver Detection Dog Training – HRD, Human Remains Detection or (Cadaver) dogs are trained to locate various types of human remains such as flesh, hair, bone, blood, teeth, etc. Cadaver dogs are trained to indicate on human odor in various states of decomposition. Cadaver detection dogs are trained in a variety of demanding environments to ensure their reliability in the field. These dogs can be trained to indicate with a passive (sit) or active (scratch) alert. We offer dogs trained for both land cadaver and water cadaver detection. Our cadaver dog courses are designed to teach the handler information on proper handling, reading and understanding cadaver dogs, basic and advanced human decomposition, record keeping, evidence handling, cadaver dog case law, liability with cadaver dogs, K-9 First Aid and CPR as well as proper handling and storing training aids.