Upcoming Events

NEW! Search Theory for K9 Teams Class Series

This Spring The Washington State SAR Planning Unit (WASSPU) and Cascadia Search Dogs (CSD) have partnered to present a free three-part web-hosted (Zoom) training series on Search Theory for K9 Teams. We will be running a pilot on May 7, 14 & 21 between 6pm – 7:30 pm PST. Our initial target audience is K9 handlers who are or have been in leadership positions and who preferably are active in HRD (though the content of the course applies to other disciplines as well).

You can see more information on the class series here: Search Theory for K9 Teams Flyer

Registration for the initial series will be limited. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list for future classes.

Click here to Register for the May 7, 14 & 21st Class Series



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Are You Ready for K9 Search and Rescue?
This article provides a great overview that will help people understand what all is involved in K9 Search & Rescue. While each team will have different requirements, this article provides a fair representation as to the commitment required.

Are You Ready for K9 Search and Rescue?

Articles and Documents of Interest


K9 Makalu in the Snow

Search and Rescue K9 Lessons Learned – K9 Cop Magazine April.2015
(Reprinted with permission from K9 Cop Magazine: www.k9copmagazine.com)

Selecting a Dog for Search and Rescue

SR 530 Landslide Commission Final Report 12.2014


That Others May Live


National Search Dog Alliance

K9 SAR Yak Magazine

WA State Animal Response Team

Mountain Rescue Yak Magazine

National Association for Search and Rescue

State of WA Search & Rescue Advisory Council