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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

Workshop with K9Sensus Foundation is a Wrap!

Workshop with K9Sensus Foundation is a Wrap!

3 days of learning over in a flash!  We were so pleased to bring Robin Greubel with the K9Sensus Foundation to the Pacific Northwest.  K9 teams and auditors worked hard to improve their skills and we all got to enjoy the company of great people and wonderful dogs!

We cannot host incredible instructors like Robin without support.  We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund which helped offset the cost of attendance and allowed us to award scholarships to several deserving teams!  This support allows us to provide exceptional training to local volunteer search and rescue handlers and helps us to contribute to making sure that quality K9 teams are deployed to search for the lost and the missing.

Latest News

Workshop with K9Sensus Foundation is a Wrap!

3 days of learning over in a flash!  We were so pleased to bring Robin Greubel with the K9Sensus Foundation to the Pacific Northwest.  K9 teams and auditors worked hard to improve their skills and we all got to enjoy the company of great people and wonderful dogs! We...

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Foundations to Accelerate Your HRD Training (Auditor Spots Available)

Foundations to Accelerate Your HRD Training (Auditor Spots Available)

We are excited to offer this workshop, Foundations to Accelerate Your Human Remains Detection Training with Robin Greubel – join us for 2 full days of learning – September 27 – 28, 2022!

Robin Greubel  has been involved in detection work since 2001, beginning in wilderness and human remains detection (HRD), which expanded into disaster work. She trains and deploys with Nebraska Task Force 1 and Iowa Task Force 1. She is a certified explosives and narcotics detection dog handler.

This workshop will cover the development of training scenarios and search strategy for different types of searches; skills development of handlers concerning their train final response; discussions of appropriate documentation; and advanced training on setting up training problems to further develop canine team skills.

Auditor Spots Available.

Auditors $150 for both days (limited slots) or $75 per single day.  Lunch will be provided both days.

Register for Audit Spot

Location: Snohomish/King County, WA

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Full refund before August 27 – after that refund only if spot can be filled.

 

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!