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Search & Rescue Class

Learn the fundamentals to teaching dogs to use scent in a variety of seek & recover type scenarios in a fun and positive way. Work alongside other dogs from all training levels as a pack in a simulated search and rescue situation that leverages your dog's natural instincts! 

Dogs must be friendly. Each class is 2 hours

Time & Location


8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, each class is 2 hours

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

4235 Monterey Rd

Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA

About the Event


Hi Packleaders!


I have developed a Search and Rescue course that leverages the dogs natural instincts with positive training techniques.  

Dog handlers will learn the fundamentals of teaching dogs to use scent to seek and recover victims in a variety of scenarios in a fun and positive way. Dogs learn how to focus on a search in progressively more difficult challenges. The course is modeled to feel and look like a real life search and rescue.  

This course is designed to be fun and geared toward family dogs but more experienced handlers are welcome to join. This course is not designed for certification in SAR as that is an in-depth, full time commitment.  

This is NOT for doggies with aggressive behavior. I offer private sessions to address  aggression to enable you and your dog to participate in group classes. Dogs must be at least 4 months old, in good health, and fine with other dogs and people.  


What we will cover: Commands "Go Find" and "Show Me", scent tracking, basic obedience and working in teams of multiple dogs and handlers like a real life scenario. 


Your preferred leash and one 15-20 foot long line.  If your dog is trained off leash, bring a leash but you can allow for your dog to be off leash during the exercises as long as your dog is under your control. 


What is required from you:  Have an open mind, be willing to put in the work and have fun.  Family members are welcome as long as there is one primary handler that is committed to coming to all the classes.  Children must be under your control. 



Rules Of Engagement:

  • No retractable leashes or harnesses allowed.  Slip Lead, Pinch Collar, and/or  The Sidekick (Transitional Leash) are recommended tools.  You can order The Sidekick at  For tiny dogs, I recommend the Mendota slip leash (3/8ths 6').  For powerful breeds that are strong pullers, I recommend Herm Sprenger 2.25 or 3.0 Pinch Collar and 6' thin leather leash.  

  • Bring treats and a treat bag.

  • Show up at least 15 minutes early to get acclimated and find our location.

  • If you are late, it poses a disruption to the pack.  Do your best to be on time.

  • Be responsible and keep a healthy distance from other dogs and people.

  • One dog per handler. You may bring a partner and/or children over 12 under your control.

  • You and your dog must be in good health and able to walk on uneven terrain and do moderate walking.

  • **Please wear athletic shoes or hiking shoes as we will be walking on uneven ground.

  • Bring water for you and your dog in a backpack. No handbags. You need to be hands free!


  • Trainer reserves the right to remove anyone disruptive to the class with no refund. 

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