(Short Course) Introduction to Search Dog Handling

Course details

  • Duration 2.5 days
  • Location Northop
Person in a blue jacket with a dog on a lead with a harness

Why choose this course?

Learn the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required of a Search Dog handler to ensure the provision of a professional level of service. This course will help prepare you for the training required for a career in this area, while having the opportunity to complete practical work as part of a simulated search dog handling team.

This cohort will have a particular focus on victim recovery and the use of human remains detection dogs.

Key course features

  • Developed in conjunction with UK-K9 Training for Excellence.
  • Endorsed by NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).
  • Practical sessions as part of a simulation search dog team.

What you will study

  • Introduction to Handler & Dog Qualities
  • Principles of Search Training
  • Search Methods & Management
  • Recording & Documentation
  • Specialist Security & Detection Dogs
  • Training and Career Planning

Entry requirements & applying

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest.

Teaching & Assessment

You will need to complete two assessments:

  1. The first will be a simulated search exercise where you take on the role of a member of a search dog handling team and will be tasked to plan and perform a practical search.
  2. The second will be a reflective log of your performance on the simulated search activity.

Fees & funding

Standard price: £95

WGU staff and students: £55

Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form below to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course dates

  • Monday 14th August (9:00 – 16:00)
  • Tuesday 15th August (9:00 – 16:00)
  • Wednesday 16th August (9:00 - 13:00)

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest