NZ Land SAR Search Dogs Inc
NZ Land SAR Search Dogs is the volunteer organisation that provides land search and rescue services to the police and as a specialist group under Land SAR, is the official search dog group in New Zealand.
Find information on both wilderness dogs and avalanche dogs and current updated lists of the operational avalanche and operational wilderness dog team throughout New Zealand.
If you are an aspiring search dog handler, you will find sound advice on puppy selection and training tips. However if you wish to train a search dog, it is highly recommended you find an operational handler in your region to talk to before getting a dog.
NZ LandSAR Search Dogs has over 80 members and provides the SAR sector with 12 operational avalanche dogs and 15 operational wilderness search dogs. Our members volunteer over 16,000 training hours per year. 1000 hours are given up for administration and the operational teams average over 1000 hours (combined total) on searches per year.
To become operational, the dogs undergo a rigorous assessment process and have to achieve the standards set by NZLandSAR and the NZ Police Dog Section
Avalanche dogs use airborne scent to locate people under the snow. Wilderness dogs are trained in tracking (following ground scent where people have walked) and / or area search where the dog uses the airborne scent of a lost person.