Dog Handler

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

Becoming a Operation Dog Handler

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.