Joining NSARDA Kent

The most important point to realise is that it takes A LOT of commitment (and you do not get paid!).

To help you understand the recruitment process, here are the typical steps, which usually take place over a couple of years.

Come to a training day, meet us and have a chat. These take place every other Sunday at various outdoor locations across Kent, all year round, come rain or shine.

If you are looking to be a Dog Handler

A few times a year, we organise ability assessments, where you and your dog go through a series of tests to make sure you have the pre-requisite to become a Dog Handler.

We will look at your level of control of your dog, but also their drive and sociability for instance. Please note that dogs must typically be between 12 months and 4-5 years to take that assessment. If your dog is not suitable, you may still be interested in joining NSARDA Kent as a Dog Support.

The upper age limit is because it can take about 2 years to train a Search Dog and you are going to want be able to search with that dog before they retire.

We ask that you become a ‘Dogs Body‘ during a minimum of 6 training sessions over a period of 3 to 4 months, then 4 dog training sessions with you and your dog where you will pick a mentor to help you through your journey.

If you are looking to be a Dog Support

Come to a training day, meet us and have a chat, we can show you what is involved and talk through the requirements.

We ask that you become a ‘Dogs Body‘ during a minimum of 6 training sessions over a period of 3 to 4 months then 4 support training sessions where you will pick a mentor to help you through your journey.

The above two positions will require you to join Kent Search and Rescue and be police vetted after you have been coming along for a while and understand how we work and the level of commitment required.

If you are looking to be a Dogs Body

Come to a training day, meet us and have a chat. We can show you what is involved and talk through the requirements.

Without you we cannot train our dogs fully so you will always be met with open arms and sometimes tea.