SAR Camp

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

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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.

SAR Camp June 21-23, 2024:    The June Camp will take place mainly at CFB Uplands, Ottawa.

Fee:   $375/dog team , $175 for observers.

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

More Fun!  1-day Human Remains Detection Camp add-on on June 24th.

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.

You do not have to attend SAR Camp to attend the HRD day.   This is a stand-alone event.

Fee: $150/dog team  , $75/observer.

Registration opens Sunday, March 17th, 9am!

REFUND POLICY:   There will be NO refunds offered for any withdrawal later than May 24th.

SAR Camp Aug 16-18, 2024:    Due to the overwhelming popularity of our SAR Camps, we are pleased to be able to offer a second SAR camp in 2024.  The August camp will take place in assorted training locations around the Ottawa area:  Ottawa, Orleans, and Limoges.

Fee: $375/dog team , $175 for observers.

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

More Fun!  1-day Human Remains Detection Camp add-on on August 19th.

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.

You do not have to attend SAR Camp to attend the HRD day.   This is a stand-alone event.

Fee: $150/dog team, $75/observer.

Registration opens Sunday, May 12th, 9am!

REFUND POLICY:   There will be NO refunds offered for any withdrawal later than July 26th.

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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June 21-23, 2024

  •  Friday, June 21, 2024 - Sunday, June 23, 2024
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Total spaces remaining: 10

August 16-18, 2024

  •  Friday, August 16, 2024 - Sunday, August 18, 2024
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Total spaces remaining: 8