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 Cascadia Search Dogs contributes to the development of high-quality detection and search dogs through training, education and community service projects.

The Search Dog

Search dogs play a vital role in Search & Rescue.  With their superior sense of smell, ability to move quickly and in places that are difficult for humans to go, they enhance the ability of search teams to fulfill their mission.  It takes the right handler and the right dog to make a successful team and we believe that it is quality training and education that results in competent K9 teams that assist in bringing home the lost and the missing. 

The “Cost of Lost”

Training search dogs and providing training and education to others is what we do! We are all volunteers who willingly and passionately donate our time and personal funds to making sure that the search dogs available to the community are highly and appropriately trained.

But all of this work costs money! We call it the “Cost of Lost”. From costs to acquire a dog, the upkeep and veterinary costs, to equipment, to travel and training costs, it adds up.

And this is where you come in. Your donation goes directly to supporting the work we do. It helps us put on high quality trainings with expert master trainers; it helps us acquire equipment such as GPS units and tracking collars; and it helps offset some of the costs of our teams attending outside trainings that help to hone and refine the skills of our team.

We are truly grateful for the community support we receive and hope that you will include us in your giving plans.

Going on the last three days the most effective tool has been dogs and just our bare hands and shovels uncovering people. But the dogs are the ones that are pinpointing a particular area to look, and we’re looking and that’s how we’re finding people.

Travis Hots, Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief

Oso Landslide, 2014

Latest News

Congratulations Team Parker!

Congratulations Team Parker!

Congratulations to our team President Janiece Miller and K9 Parker on achieving their Airscent recertification with SARDUS!

We are proud of the great work that this team continues to do.

Congratulations Team Parker!

Congratulations to our team President Janiece Miller and K9 Parker on achieving their Airscent recertification with SARDUS!

We are proud of the great work that this team continues to do.

Latest Events

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SHAPING and TRAINING LOOPS: Reinforcement Cues and Effective Reinforcement Strategies for Detection Dogs

SHAPING and TRAINING LOOPS: Reinforcement Cues and Effective Reinforcement Strategies for Detection Dogs

 SHAPING and TRAINING LOOPS: Reinforcement Cues and Effective Reinforcement Strategies for Detection Dogs.

Apply here until January 26th. Applications Closed. 

Clear communication with your K9 and practical and thoughtful reward sequences are a powerful tool in your training tool box!

We will cover:

  • strategies to create successful shaping sessions’
  • reinforcement cues/multiple marker systems
  • reinforcement location/reward placement

Working spots (8) will work with their dogs on marker systems/reinforcement cues and reinforcement strategies individual to their dog and its job/task.

Audit spots (4) will be included in this process and will participate in the practical exercises!

This seminar is focused on Detection dogs/Search and Rescue dogs but we will not work odor at this seminar. We will work on tools and exercises that are crucial for solid foundations and advanced odor/SAR work.

This seminar will be taught by Jo Huxel who is a professional dog trainer and currently handles her deployable dogs that are German Shorthair Pointers: Bax (Human Remains Detection) and her 2 Live-Find dogs, Cassia and Rumo. She is a founding member and serves on the Board of Northwest Human Remains Detection (NWHRD) and is the Training Officer for Northwest Disaster Search Dogs (NDSD) in addition to being a member of WA-TF 1 (FEMA). She is also an evaluator for FEMA.  You can read more about Jo here. 

Registration for this seminar is at a reduced rate due to a generous donation from Carpet Liquidators.  Additionally, we will be offering full “working spot” scholarships to two lucky SAR handlers, selected via lottery!

Follow us on Facebook for more details. 

Highlights

Training & Education

We offer in-person training seminars and workshops, as well as online webinars, discussion groups, and opportunities to engage the K9 search and rescue (K9SAR) community in a variety of ways, all geared toward the development of reliable search dog teams.

Resources

We’ve pulled together a large amount of resources on everything from dog equipment to social media links, podcasts, Flipboard magazines, interesting books and much more.

News

Stay up to date on the latest happenings with CSD and the K9SAR community and learn about upcoming educational events.

Cascadia Search Dogs stands in solidarity with those advocating for institutional and systemic change.  We stand with those demanding racial equity.  We must reject hatred and racism, even at the most subtle level.  We are stronger together!