Opportunities in NSARDA Kent

There are opportunities to train with us any NSARDA Association as a Dog HandlerDog Support / Navigator and to assist as a Bogs Body.

Dog Handlers usually train weekly. We train at various different locations across Kent every other Sunday with everybody involved in attendance.

  • Ad-hoc training is arranged by the individual handlers with their ‘bodies’.
  • National training is organised by each Association and typically takes the form of national courses or assessments, which take place from time to time.

Each Association has its own rules for membership so you need to get in touch and find out what is involved.

If you sure you want to help and have the time to help please click here and complete our online form.

To train and qualify a search dog usually takes up to 2 years and we start training dogs from the age of 12 months.


Joining NSARDA Kent

The first place to start is to volunteer as a ‘Dogs Body’ for a period of time at training sessions.

Once you have satisfactorily completed this stage…

  • Dog Handlers will be invited to bring their dog along for an Acceptance and Stock Test.
  • Dog Supports / Navigators will be invited for an Acceptance Test.
  • Once you and your dog have passed these you will be eligible to become a Trainee Dog Handler or Trainee Dog Support / Navigator, then the work really begins !

Note: Probationary periods apply in all cases.

Roles within NSARDA Kent

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Dog Handler


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Dog Support / Navigator


Dogsbody Hiding

Dogs Body


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Training for Dog Handlers & their Dogs…

Training is divided into stages which have to be passed before going on to the next one.

It takes roughly 2 years to get you and your dog qualified and on the Call Out list.

All members of the Association are involved in the training of each dog – bodies, qualified dog handlers and assessors.

It is therefore very important that as a trainee you put in the required time and effort into training your dog and also help others to train their dogs.

Progress is monitored and reviewed every month and a trainee is expected to attend 65% of the training available per year.

Before being put on the call out list you and your dog must be put forward for assessment. This is done over three days and you and your dog will have to successfully search a variety of different areas with a unknown number of bodies in each area.

Dogs and Handlers are then re-assessed after 12 months and then every three years to ensure they remain competent.

Note: Qualified dogs also have to undertake a number of training sessions each month.

Dog handlers and Dog Supports must be qualified members of Kent Search And Rescue.

There are often opportunities for people to attend training to act as Dogs Bodies and to see at first hand the capabilities of the dogs and what is required of the various roles.


Training for Dog Supports / Navigators

This follows a similar structure.