Search and Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs)

General Info / Articles of Interest

Organizations & Associations

In Canada:

In the U.S.:

  • North American Search Dog Network (NASDN) — NASDN helps members provide the highest quality search dog resources for their communities, and aids in networking these resources throughout North America.
  • National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) — NDSDF is the country's leader in training search and rescue teams. Its mission is to seek out potential search dogs (many of whom would have otherwise been abandoned or euthanized), provide them with intensive professional training, partner them with handler/firefighters, and see to their lifetime care. (U.S.)
  • American Rescue Dog Association — The nation's oldest air-scenting search dog organization.
  • The National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc., (NASAR) — Dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue - the humanitarian cause of saving lives - throughout the United States and around the world. "...that others may live."
  • Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

Around the World:

Pictured Above: Spencer and Jenn
Working with: SAR Dog Association of Alberta®
Photo courtesy of: Bralex Perm. Reg'd. Labrador Retrievers

Reference Books:

K9 Search and Rescue
by Resi Gerritsen & Ruud Haak
In a disaster, a trained search and rescue dog can greatly increase the chances of victims being found in time and rescued. This book outlines a new method of training S & R dogs developed by the authors in Austria.


Practical Scent Dog Training
by Lue Button
Step-by-step training guide for air scent, evidence search, disaster search and AKC tracking test.



Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero

Winner 1991 Maxwell MedallionBest Special Volume ABOUT THE FIRST EDITION .....

Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods

Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods

Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods

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