Western Montana


Testing and Certification


We have selected our testers from among former and present SAR dog handlers who have had experience with certification testing, SAR dogs, and SAR strategy. We also include representatives of user agencies for initial testing of dog/handler teams. One of our objectives is to make sure that evaluators come from outside of our own small county SAR dog groups.


We have selected our standards from some of the best we have found in our region. Our intent is to meet or exceed canine standards currently in use. Please contact us if you would like specifics on certification requirements or prerequisites to testing.

Click on the links below for more information of the various types of search dogs:

Handler Requirements Canine Requirements
Area Search Area Search Prerequisites
Avalanche Search Avalanche Search Prerequisites
Cadaver Search Tracking/Trailing
Water Search