Search Dogs need highly dedicated , professional Dog Handlers. It takes a great deal of dedication and persistence with training to get a dog ready for assessment standard.
Member of Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR)
Qualified as a Search Technician
Become a 'Dogs Body' for a minimum of 6 training sessions over a 3-4 month period
To become an Operational Dog Handler you will need to be a member of a Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) and have qualiﬁed as a Search Technician.
This is because during training and upon qualiﬁcation you will be expected to be familiar with Kent Search and Rescue techniques.
KSAR will train you in these techniques and NSARDA Kent provides all the dog and handler training.
We train every other Sunday whatever the weather at various locations around Kent.
We ask that you become a 'Dogs Body' during a minimum of 6 training sessions over a period of 3 to 4 months.
This is necessary to gain a better understanding of the training and to get to know the rest of the team.
It usually takes 1-2 years to qualify as a Dog Handler.