Lowland Rescue search dog teams are used to search areas that are difficult for human teams to search, such as dense woodland and difficult terrain, or to cover larger areas more quickly. As with the foot teams, they will also look for vulnerable missing people, such as children, those suffering from mental illness and despondent people, who may wish to harm themselves.
Currently, we have a small team of three dogs. All are Level 1 Trainee search dogs.
Meet our Dogs
All our search dogs are trainees, and not yet operational.
Training a search dog requires huge commitment. We train our dogs in group sessions, two or three times a week, all year round, whatever the weather, as long as it’s safe for the dogs. These group training sessions are held at various locations in Warwickshire, so we give our dogs the widest experience possible. The handlers will also train their dogs outside of these sessions, often with help from family members, friends and neighbours. It can take around two years of training and assessments to become operational, and longer to progress to larger area searches. All Lowland Rescue search dogs are trained to national standards set by the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR), and, once they have passed their assessment and become operational, are reassessed every two years to ensure the standards are still being met.
Here’s a video from one of our training sessions last year.
Thank you to Carol-Anne Klatt for making this video for us.
Maybe you can help
We need volunteers to hide for the dogs (known as ‘mispering’), so they get realistic experience of searching for missing people. If we use the same team members, family members and friends regularly in training to act as missing people for us, the dogs could get used to finding the same people, so it’s important for us to have lots of volunteers. If you would like to come and help us at our training sessions, please e-mail our Search Dog Co-ordinator at email@example.com. You must like dogs, as sometimes they like to give you a kiss. Also, please bear in mind that you could be waiting a while to be found, and you might get dirty!
Become a Search Dog Handler
If you have a pet dog you would like to train as a search dog, visit our Join Us page to read more about the Dog Handler role. If you have any further questions, e-mail our Search Dog Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.