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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF NZ LAND SAR SEARCH DOGS!

NZ Land SAR is the volunteer organisation that provides land search and rescue services to the Police and as a specialist group under Land SAR, we are the official search dog group in New Zealand.

You will find information on both our wilderness dogs and avalanche dogs and current updated lists of our operational avalanche and operational wilderness dog teams.
If you are an aspiring handler, you will find sound advice on puppy selection and our application process, however if you wish to train a search dog, we highly recommend you find an operational handler, trainer or assessor in your region to talk to before getting a dog. You will also need to be prepared to spend many hours training as a volunteer and join your local SAR group. There is an application form to become a member of Land SAR Search Dogs which includes agreement to our Constitution and Code of Conduct.

We have a set of operational standards for dog teams and all dogs are assessed annually.
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. Handlers need the appropriate skills and qualifications within the alpine environment and will need to have completed the Mountain Safety Council Backcountry Avalanche Course (or equivalent) with supporting documentation and evidence of further application of skills.

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. To be a handler you must supply a completed endorsement form which will support you as a member of your local Land SAR group with the appropriate SAR skills for field deployment.

LandSAR Search Dogs has over 80 members and provides the SAR sector with 8 operational avalanche dogs and 10 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.

Without our volunteers, Land SAR Search Dogs could not continue. If you would like to join us as a volunteer please contact our secretary. If you are an aspiring dog handler there is an entry process here.

Please note that we do not search for missing pets. While you have our sympathies if your furry friend has gone missing, we are unable to commit our valuable resources for any search not involving missing person(s) – our dogs are trained to follow human scent.

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Wow - have a look at this , here is our new website !!Here's another Nor'west Arch website just gone live! Land SAR Search Dogs is an organisation close to my heart so it was a privilege and pleasure to rebuild the existing site built by us over 7 years ago. My how things have changed. 😁
www.searchdogs.co.nz/
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Wow - have a look at this , here is our new website !!

Introducing our latest Wilderness Search Dog Team based in Hokitika : Rhys Martin and Archie. Well done team, such a great effort and valuable asset in helping Search and Rescue. Rhys and Archie join 10 other operational Wilderness Search Dogs team throughout New Zealand !!!Massive congratulations to Rhys and Archie for passing their final Search Dog Team Assessments last weekend in Waiouru. These guys have worked bloody hard to get to this point and will be a welcome addition to the Hokitika team, and asset to the wider region. Big thank you to Duncan for his mentoring to get them up to operational level. ... See MoreSee Less

Introducing our latest Wilderness Search Dog Team based in Hokitika : Rhys Martin and Archie. Well done team, such a great effort and valuable asset in helping Search and Rescue. Rhys and Archie join 10 other operational Wilderness Search Dogs team throughout New Zealand !!!
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