As search dog handlers
we all have quite a bit in common.First, there is an unwavering dedication to the mission of finding lost
and missing people.Since most of us are Professional Volunteers we have given hundreds of hours training
and responding to emergencies.We all have spent probably thousands of dollars on specialized equipment
out of our own pockets.We also share something that is unique to what we do; we develop an intense partnership
with our dogs.It takes years of training to develop a search and rescue dog, years of obedience, socialization,
obstacles, training alerts, finding people in trees and under rubble piles but none of that matters without the relationship
between handler and dog.SARDUS is made up from the search and rescue dog community, your voice and your
Become a certified evaluator.
Law enforcement agencies and search managers expect professional standards, evaluations
Professional resources are used more consistently and are more likely to be asked for from surrounding jurisdictions.
your local agency by becoming NIMS compliant, which can allow you to participate in large-scale emergencies.
for evaluators and dog teams are given to individuals, so should you move your certification moves with you.
you lend your voice and experience to SARDUS the more it will reflect you.
Individual Membership brings the following benefits:
Become a certified
Certify your dog for airscent, trailing, disaster, avalanche, HRD or water.
typing standards for your SAR dog.
Meet the needs of Law Enforcement by satisfying standards set by
case law for evidence.
Partake in SARDUS training and continued education.
Are you available to respond to emergencies
outside of your jurisdiction on a Regional basis?
Have direct input in your National Association works, how you
are certified, and how you are deployed.
Or please send
all correspondence to:
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States 46848 Highway 61 PO Box 85 Otis, Colorado
like to focus on assisting handlers to achieve strong standards, by learning and supporting others to learn. This means encouraging
teams and handlers to attend high quality training opportunities and demand high standards for certification. We also
believe that we need to figure out a way to help agencies deploy the right team to the right mission, based on qualifications
rather than politics, and help handlers work together at emergency scenes. This is one strong aspect of the national disaster
system and the IRO.... everyone qualifies to the same standard and can be an interchangeable resource. We look forward to
working with you!
For The Future...
SAR Operations Section Chief?
Dog Branch Manager?
SAR Dog Division Manager?
Task Force Leader?
SARDUS* P.O. Box 911, Lyons Colorado 80540
"Our mission is to assist Local, State, and Federal search
and rescue dog teams by providing education, training and certification to National Standards."