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Cascadia Search Dogs contributes to the development of high quality detection and search dogs through training and education.

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

K9 Keb Goes on TV!

K9 Keb Goes on TV!

Recently our President, Suzanne Elshult, and search dog Keb were featured on a segment on the New Day show on King TV.

Suzanne shared Keb’s work in helping to bring home the lost and the missing. Keb was totally unfazed by the bright lights and all the attention!

You can watch the segment here.

They also talked about Keb being one of 3 national semi-finalists in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards in the Search & Rescue category.

Go here to vote for Keb daily until July 22!

Latest News

K9 Keb Goes on TV!

Recently our President, Suzanne Elshult, and search dog Keb were featured on a segment on the New Day show on King TV. Suzanne shared Keb's work in helping to bring home the lost and the missing. Keb was totally unfazed by the bright lights and all the attention! You...

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Advanced Markers & Reward Systems for SAR & Detection Dogs (Full)

Advanced Markers & Reward Systems for SAR & Detection Dogs (Full)

All spots are Full!  You can still go to “Register” to get signed up on the waiting list.

Do you want to take your training to the next level, add clarity and get snappy behaviors?  Clear communication with your dog is essential for not only building your relationship but also developing clear, solid behavior.

In this class you will learn how to strategically use markers in your training program or build on whatever you already have.  You will learn tools to thoughtfully evaluate the effectiveness of your current reward system and learn improvement strategies as needed.

Join us June 11th and 12th for two full days of learning!

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Woman kneeling next to a dogInstructor Jo Huxel combines her 15 years of professional dog training with her SAR K9 and Detection Dog work to implement effective training approaches.  This includes, but is not limited to, implementing clear communication strategies through the use of markers, development of effective reward systems and building solid foundational behaviors.  Read more about Jo Huxel

Costs:  $200 for both days, handler & one K9 (8 working slots); $50 for both days, auditor (10 slots available).  Lunch provided both days.

Full refund before May 11 – after that refund only if spot can be filled.

For more information contact us at info@csdk9.org

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Co-sponsored by A Canine Experience

 

 

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!