SAR Camp

Best Friends is pleased to offer a 3-day camp for the rookie K9 SAR dog handler.


This camp is an intense introduction to SAR, intended for dog handlers developing and working their first SAR dog.   With an emphasis on practical training exercises, teams will be challenged to progress in accordance with the Ontario/OSARVA/OPP standard for civilian SAR dogs, in obedience, agility, tracking, area search and article search

Under the guidance and instruction of experienced, certified dog handlers and instructors, this course will provide students with a head start towards themselves becoming certified dog handlers.  Be prepared for long days, sweat and bug bites, bruises and a deep sleep at the end of the day!

199_14252652951_9154_nCamp is open to any dog and handler, whether Ontario based or from away.   Camp is open to individuals interested in learning more about the world of K9 SAR.   Camp syllabus is geared towards the novice to intermediate SAR dog – these dog teams will benefit most.  Students who are members of an OSARVA Search and Rescue team are eligible for a reduced course fee (proof of membership must be provided).


SAR Camp July 2014:   We are very pleased to have secured access to a fabulous training venue for this camp, the Gallipeau Centre  in Smith’s Falls, Ontario.   Smith’s Falls is approximately 1 hour SW of Ottawa.  The Gallipeau Centre has a range of varying terrain, perfect for our K9 training objectives, as well as an on-site classroom and comfort facilities for the students, courtesy of Rideau SAR.

New for July 2014:   1-day Human Remains Detection Camp add-on on July 21st.  Add an extra day into your camp to learn more about how to train a cadaver detection dog.    From odour imprinting to indication training to search strategies, we will get you started in this specialty right!    Maximum of 8 participants.

Fee:   $240/dog team, $210 for OSARVA members, $100 for observers.   HRD day, $75.


SAR Camp Aug 29-31, 2014:    Due to the overwhelming popularity of our SAR Camp, we are pleased to be able to offer a second SAR camp in 2014.   Unlike the July camp, the August camp will take place in assorted training locations around the Ottawa area:  Ottawa, Orleans, Wakefield (Que) and Limoges.  We will start at Best Friends, 2413-7 Stevenage Drive, Ottawa on Day 1, break up into groups and head out to appropriate training sites from here.  Day 2 will take place in Larose Forest near Limoges, 25 minutes SE of Ottawa.   The Day 3 training sites will be in the immediate Ottawa area, locations TBD based on training needs and objectives.

Fee: $240/dog team, $210 for OSARVA members, $100 for observers.


Human Remains Detection (HRD) Camp Aug 30-31, 2014: 

We are pleased to welcome Deb Monde to our camp instructional staff.   Deb will be conducting a 2-day Cadaver Dog course, run simultaneously with the 3-day SAR camp. The course is oriented to the new handler, interested in learning more about HRD or in starting a new dog.   Class size is limited to 5 dog teams, so instruction will be easily customized to the skill level of the team.  Day 1 will take place in Larose Forest near Limoges, 25 minutes SE of Ottawa.   The Day 2 training site will be an Ottawa location TBD.

Fee:  $160/dog team, $80 for observers.  (No OSARVA discount)


Camp fees includes instruction only.  Lodging, meals must be arranged by the student.



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