Search and Rescue Training | Training Cesar's Way

Search and Rescue Training

Search and Rescue (SAR) training is an excellent way to build a strong bond with your dog, sharpen obedience skills and improve overall behavior at home. It provides your dog with excellent physical and mental stimulation through a series of fun “hide n’ seek” activities.


All You Need to Know About Search and Rescue Training

What is it?
This Course uses search and rescue training techniques and your dog’s natural instincts to provide obedience-based physical and mental exercise. At this beginning level, SAR starts as a game with reward-based training that teaches your dog to seek and find you and family members.

What you and your dog will learn:

You both will learn “Go Find” and “Show Me” SAR and basic obedience commands that prepare your dog to work off leash for up to an hour. Your dog will learn how to focus on a search during progressively difficult scenarios.

When it meets:

One session every week for six weeks. See registration form for schedule.

What it costs:

$600.00 per dog.

Who it's for (humans):
SAR is an ideal family activity, one that every member can join in. No prior dog training experience is required and children as young as seven are welcome under a parent’s supervision. At least one friend or family member who your dog knows well should join you.

Who it’s for (dogs):
Dogs must be at least five months old. Proof of current vaccinations is required. All dog breeds and sizes are welcome, although retrieving, herding and hunting breeds are typically best at SAR. Dogs who are leash-aggressive to other dogs within four to five feet are not permitted.

What to Bring:
Yourself, in comfortable, casual clothes and sturdy footwear. Your dog on leash, with a leather or nylon flat collar or harness (preferred). No choke chains or studded collars, please.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my dog need any special skills or abilities?
Not really. While retrieving, herding and hunting breeds are typically best at SAR, many other dogs can excel. As Cesar says, “Nose, eyes, ears – in that order,” so SAR is well suited for almost any dog. If your dog already enjoys simple games of “hide n’ seek” at home, he will likely love SAR. Most dogs require two or three sessions to learn particular skills and be ready for more, depending on how much practice they get at home.
So we have to practice between sessions?
Definitely yes. The success of SAR training is highly dependent upon homework. For beginners, plan three to seven weekly practice sessions of ten to 30 minutes each. We will teach you how to practice, including how to incorporate obedience, socialization and agility into your homework. Our Agility Training Course, by the way, is an excellent supplement to SAR.
Does completing this Course mean my dog can help during emergencies?
Absolutely not. This is a beginning-level course that merely introduces SAR skills. Working SAR dogs typically complete more than 600 hours of intensive training before qualifying for emergency work.
Can you help me train my dog for emergency service?
Yes, we can. Depending upon interest and attendance, we plan to offer intermediate and advanced SAR Courses at the DPC. These will provide a strong foundation for more in-depth training. Our trainers can tell you more.