Dog Handlers

Our Dog Handlers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to search for lost and missing persons throughout North Wales and further afield

Most of our Dog Handlers are a Full Member of a Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue or HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Team. You may be able to qualify a Lowland Search Dog if you have the necessary navigational skills along with the right aptitude for training. To become a SARDA Wales Dog Handler, you must ;

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Live in the North Wales area
  • Be willing to be called out at all times of the day and night, whatever the weather
  • Have a good standard of physical fitness (handling a Search Dog can be hard work in long and arduous conditions)
  • Have the time and energy to train and then deploy your dog
  • Successfully complete our recruitment process
  • Successfully pass a hill assessment day
  • Possess, or be willing to work towards obtaining a First Aid certificate

Once your application has been passed by the Committee you are required to body for six months. In this time you will be monitored to ensure that you have the time and the commitment needed to train a dog. The bodying period also allows you to experience what a real casualty may go through and also the way different dogs find you in relation to the wind and where you are hiding. This time is also for you to decide whether or not being a SARDA dog handler is for you.

If you successfully complete your bodying period you will become a Trainee handler and be invited to bring your dog along for an Acceptance and Stock Test. Once your dog has passed this it will be allowed to come to SARDA Wales training, then the work really begins !

Are you up for the challenge? Contact us via the form below for an informal discussion and to request an Application Form.



Our Dogsbodies are a fantastic group of individuals who simply, we could not train the dogs without

Without bodies the dogs cannot train and so they are a vital ingredient! You will get a friendly welcome, free food and accommodation in North Wales for the weekend and join the team as a valued member. Some important qualities are:

  • You must like dogs!
  • Happy to get wet and slobbered on
  • Be able to hide in obscure places
  • Have a sense of humour
  • Be happy to take instructions

Does this sound like something you would enjoy? Get in touch with us via the contact form below for an informal discussion with a member of the team

Support Roles

A great deal of planning and preparation goes into keeping SARDA Wales ever ready to go to the rescue.

From catering at our training weekends, fundraising and generally promoting the good name of SARDA Wales,  there are many ways to get involved.

Get in touch via the contact us form below if you feel you can help in any way, no matter how big or small.

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