Welcome to Search Dog Resources

Search Dog Resources, a non-profit 501c3, provides Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs, for law enforcement and other CA public agencies, at no cost to the public. Our search teams (dogs and their handlers) are certified according to Cal OES and NIMS standards and guidelines. Certifications include: Area Search (air scenting),Trailing, Cadaver (human remains detection in land and water), Basic Disaster, Article Search and Scent Matching

Wilderness Area K9 Search Teams

These dogs are trained to be non-scent specific search dogs which means they are searching for any human scent. They work independently off leash. When they locate a person, they will return to the handler and report the find by doing a trained response. The dog will return to the person with the handler.


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Trailing K9 Search Teams

Trailing dogs follow the scent of a specific person. Skin particles that fall to the ground or onto bushes leave a trail for dogs to follow. Our dogs work through any type of terrain. A good scent article and a point where the person was last seen can be the fastest way to find a lost perosn or victim.



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Cadaver K9 Search Teams

A cadaver dog is a special type of search canine which has been trained to search for human remains. Rescue crews can identify the location of the deceased in disaster areas and our teams can be used by crime units to find areas where a cadaver might have been buried or stored. These canines are very useful additions to police units lacking readily available specialty canine resources.

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To learn more about about other qualified specialty canine teams please call our office today.

Article Search K9
Scent Matching K9
Basic Disaster Search K9

The use of dogs in SAR has become universally recognized as a valuable component of searching for missing loved ones. Our dedicated handlers and their dogs train hundreds of hours, in different environments under varied conditions to achieve Mission Ready Status. Our certified K9 search teams include:

  • 8 Area Search K9 Teams
  • 10 Scent Specific Trailing K9 Teams
  • 6 Cadaver & Human Remains Detection K9 Teams
  • 3 Basic Disaster Search K9 Teams
  • 2 Article Search K9 Teams
  • 2 Scent Matching K9 Teams

Search Dog Resources is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer organization providing Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs, for law enforcement and other CA public agencies, at no cost to the public. Our search teams (dogs and their handlers) are certified according to Cal OES and NIMS standards and guidelines. Certifications include: Area Search (air scenting),Trailing, Cadaver (human remains detection in land and water), Basic Disaster, Article Search and Scent Matching


24/7 contact number for law enforcement and other public service agencies: 888-720-1959