2013 SARDUS Urban Trailing/Human Remains Detection Clinic
June 1-4
Longmont Colorado 

The 2013 SARDUS Urban Trailing clinic will be hosted by the Colorado chapter of SARDUS.  The clinic will be held June 1-4 in Longmont Colorado.  Experienced SARDUS evaluators/handlers will be working hands-on with dog teams during the clinic.  We will be focusing on all of the building blocks to support an operational trailing team.  Each team will get to work with each of the instructors to gain a wide range of experience and perspectives from across the country.  Nationally accredited HRD instructors will be hosting the HRD portion of the clinic.  All ranges of experience are welcome from those introducing HRD to their dog to those ready for certification.  You may concentrate on HRD or Trailing or do both.  Certifications opportunities are available to those with the recommendations from the group of instructors.   
Cost $375 with a dog
$175 to audit

  • all levels of experience are welcome! 
  • clinic is limited to 20 people 
  • hotel accommodations are nearby, including an urban camping facility with electric/water hook-ups
  • must pay in full at time of registration
  • full refunds available until 2 weeks prior to start of clinic (May 25)
  • if you would like to take a certification test they will be offered to teams upon request AND with approval of instructors (i.e. teams that are not ready to test will not be tested due to the huge time commitment to setting up tests).  Test cost $50.00

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2013 Trailing Clinic

If your prefer another payment option checks may be made out and mailed to:

Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States

46848 Highway 61 PO Box 85

Otis, Colorado  80743


SARDUS will pre-screen teams to make sure they understand the standards and are ready to take the certification tests.  We may ask for supporting information like previous certifications, training records or letters of recommendation. This is an attempt to reduce the amount of tests taken by teams not ready to test.  Teams will also be screened during the first day of testing period.

Questions email us here:

New Evaluators

These clinics give SARDUS the opportunity to work with new evaluators.  We are intentionally moving very slow with the expansion of our evaluator pool so we can maintain the quality and consistency that we expect with our certifications.  Evaluators in-training work with our experienced evaluators setting up and observing how each test is evaluated.  This is a very work intensive process but our results are tests that are set up and evaluated the same across the country.  If you are interested in becoming a SARDUS evaluator please apply by contacting SARDUS below. Very limited space.

click here to request more information on becoming a SARDUS evaluator


To register please fill out the following form:

Contact information:
First name:
Last name:
Email address:
SAR Group Name:
Mailing address:
Request information :
SARDUS member (required)
Request Trailing Certification
Request HRD Certification
Need info on accomidations
Have paid in full

Our Instructors

Doug Teeft

  • Working with k-9’s for approximate 35 years. Doug grew up with working dogs, as his father was a Dog Master and Trainer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Doug started the first Canadian branch of American Rescue Dog Association in Nova Scotia (ARDA-NS).
  • Doug currently owns and operates Teeft K-9 Center. They provide dog training and k-9 equipment.
  • Doug currently has three German Shepherds at various stages of training in specialty work including search and rescue, disaster, evidence recovery, and gas line leaks. Yes, gas line leaks!!
  • Doug has worked with many agencies including; US Accellerant Dog Assoc.,California Narcotics Assoc., US Border Patrol, US Beagle Brigade (border food inspection), Auburn University, United States Department of Defense K-9 section, FBI Homicide division to name a few.
  • Doug coordinates searches for eastern Canada and provides detection services for their ports.

Ann Wichmann

  • Ann has been training service dogs since 1975, when she became a Park Ranger in Boulder.
  • Started a Park Ranger Service Dog Program and worked with a succession of three Ranger Service Dogs. 
  • Co-founder of Front Range Rescue Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. All of these were efforts to help teams and handlers achieve high performance goals and do our very best for the victims.
  • Ann began working on disaster standards in 1986, and in 1991, was appointed to the FEMA Canine Subcommittee.  She worked on developing the standards and curriculum for the national disaster system until 2004.
  • She is a FEMA chief evaluator, mentor and instructor, and also an evaluator for Front Range Rescue Dogs.
  • Ann has been involved in the International Rescue Dog Symposiums since 1991, and  has  instructed in Berlin, Stockholm, Boulder, Prague, and Seoul.
  • Ann has certified five dogs to the FEMA standards and five dogs to Front Range Rescue Dog standards, including trailing, airscent, water, and avalanche.  She continues to train on a daily basis, and offers group seminars at her farm in eastern Colorado.

John Beck

  • Worked with search and rescue dogs since 1997.
  • He is the past President of NASDN and has been involved with NASDN since 1996.
  • John is responsible for arranging training and evaluations across the country for NASDN.
  • John currently works a dog in human remains detection in Nebraska.
  • John also evaluates police k-9's when not working SAR dogs.

Chuck Morris

  • Chuck Morris was a K9 Handler for the Kansas Department of Corrections for eight years
  • Works dual-purpose Belgian Malinois' in patrol, narcotics, tracking and evidence searches
  • He also worked a bloodhound for man-trailing
  • Since changing jobs within the department, he began to work K9 SAR.
  • He is currently training Charlie, a 16-month old Malinois in trailing and area search.

Cathy Bryarly

  • Cathy has been working with canines for over 20 years
  • Cathy has worked two law enforcement bloodhounds as a Sheriffs Deputy
  • Cathy's first dog was an area search dog and volunteered as a SAR handler for Front Range Rescue Dogs for almost 15 years
  • Cathy is currently handling Jason, a 115 pound trailing bloodhound

Jeff Hiebert

  • Jeff has been working canines for almost 20 years
  • Jeff currently has Park Ranger Service Dog Nikita that is trained trailing and HRD, she is a patrol dog but does not do bite work
  • Jeff is the current President of SARDUS and filled past roles as President and Vice President of Front Range Rescue Dogs