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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 Keb working scent boxes -amazing ball launcher provides reward directly from source.  At 2017 SCVSAR 50th Anniversary Celebration.

K9 Makalu in the Snow

Peer Coaching and K9 Leadership (presented WASARCON 5.2017)

K9 Airscent in the Urban Environment (presented WASARCON 5.2017)

SCVSAR K9 Team Brochure

Building Leadership and Growing Effective K9 Teams (Presented at WASARCON 5.2016)

Progression Driven Training for K9 Teams (Presented at WASARCON 5.2016)

Wilderness K9 Airscent (Presented at WASARCON 5.2016)

Error Prevention Science and SAR Navigation SARCON 2015

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

SCVSAR K9 Newsletter 1.2016

SCVSAR K9 Newsletter 4.2015

SCVSAR K9 Newsletter 12.2014

SCVSAR K9 Team Coloring Book

Becoming a Search Dog Handler

Selecting a Dog for Search and Rescue

Socializing Your PuppyK9 Roxy

SR 530 Landslide Commission Final Report 12.2014


Learning to Be a Search Dog
This video shows the introductory stages of introducing a dog to search and rescue.

K9 Regional Event Video 8.2016

K9 Water Training
This video shows K9 Keb alerting on a water problem – source is hanging several feet under the log.

K9 Regional Event Video 3.2015

K9 Shoreline Training, Flowing Lake, 1.11.2015

K9 Team Response to the 530 Slide Disaster

That Others May Live


Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (parent organization)Rugby2.2015

Everett Mountain Rescue

National Search Dog Alliance

K9 SAR Yak Magazine

WA State Animal Response Team

Mountain Rescue Yak Magazine

National Association for Search and Rescue

King County Search Dogs

Kitsap County Search Dogs

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

Pacific Crest Search Dogs

State of WA Search & Rescue Advisory Council