K9 Konversations: All Things SAR For New Handlers (Full)

Series Dates: April 5, April 18, May 10, May 17

K9 Konversations: All Things SAR For New Handlers (Full)

K9 Konversations: All Things SAR For New Handlers (Full)

Are you just getting started as a K9 search and rescue handler? Join K9Konversations, a new online community sponsored by Cascadia Search Dogs, for a series of discussions in April and May!

Schedule: Tuesdays on Zoom

  • April 5, 2022
  • April 18, 2022
  • May 10, 2022
  • May 17, 2022

Meetings are at 6 PM Pacific Time.

We are on a mission to help you make your dreams come true AND contribute to a vibrant SAR community guided by the values of collaboration, engagement, learning, and sharing. K9Konversations is dedicated to all things related to new K9 SAR handlers. Whether you are exploring or just getting started as a first-time SAR K9 handler, come join us and engage with Suzanne Elshult and Kristine Lesperance during interactive Zoom sessions. We will share insights and experiences gathered from our lifetime of SAR successes and challenges with over 50 years of combined K9 SAR and SAR experience.


  • SAR K9 as an avocation and a lifestyle
  • Strategies and tips that work best in the K9 SAR ecosystem
  • How to find a K9 team that is a good match for you and your dog
  • Tips on how to get off to a good start in training your K9 partner
  • Setting yourself up for success and avoiding the most common mistakes of new handers
  • Tools and resources that will make your life as a K9 handler easier and more effective
  • & more…

Free Registration. Limit: 20 participants. Registration is now FULL.


Suzanne Elshult
Kristine Lesperance