2017 Western Region Immersion

Handler Skills/ Certification Clinic

Glenwood Springs,  Colorado

Sunlight Ski Area

June 8-13, 2017

SARDUS is teaming up with Garfield County Search and Rescue !!  We are offering an immersion style handler training near Glenwood Springs Colorado, June 8-13, 2017.  All participants will spend 5 days living on-site at the Sunlight Ski Resort, developing handler/canine skills in wilderness airscent search, trailing and human remains detection.  SARDUS  national certification opportunities will be offered to advanced teams.  Instructors from across the United States will be on-hand to provide individual instruction.  Due to limited space we anticipate that this clinic will fill up soon, please register now! If you need a break from training, this glorious place is full of activities such as rafting, hiking, horseback riding and spending time at the numerous natural springs and vapor caves, Glenwood Springs is only 15 minutes away!


Cost $700 per team- includes 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and clinic fee.

  • all levels of experience are welcome! 
  • clinic is limited to 20 people.
  • beautiful lodging included- all rooms will have two people assigned- let us know whom you would like to board with! 
  • must pay in full at time of registration.
  • full refunds available until 1 month prior to start of clinic (May 6, 2017).
  • 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). $50 additional each test
  • With our new standards you are able to start the testing process with one SARDUS evaluator prior to the clinic.
  • k9s must be crated while in rooms.

Questions email us here:

 Step 1. To attend a SARDUS clinic you must be a paid member.

Click here to become a SARDUS member

Step 2. Choose method of payment, through Paypal (credit card) or by check.

Cost per team is $700, please pay through secure Pay Pal button below- refundable 1 month prior to clinic

Certification requests are first come first serve $50 per test, please pay through secure Pay Pal button below- refundable 1 month prior to clinic


or send a check made out to;

Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States

 46848 Highway 61 PO Box 85

Otis, Colorado  80743

Step 3. Complete the following form, you will receive a notice from the form saying it was sent in.

To register please fill out the following form:

Contact information:
First name:
 * required
Last name:
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Email address:
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SAR Group Name:
Mailing address:

Cell phone number

 * required

Special dietary requirements

Name of requested roomate

T-shirt size (all mens sizes)

number of k9s attending

Request information :
SARDUS member (required)
Request Trailing Certification
Request HRD Certification
Airscent Cert Requested
Need info on accomidations
Have paid in full (required prior to submitting form)


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.

Sunlight Mountain Resort offers great terrain for training, pet friendly accommodations, a bar, fun when you are not training-- click here to learn more

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