(Short Course) Introduction to Search Dog Handling

Course details

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Location Northop, Online

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.



Key course features

  • Developed in conjunction with UK-K9 Training for Excellence.
  • Endorsed by NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).
  • Blended online & face to face learning.
  • 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

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.

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