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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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4 days ago

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Congratulations to the winners of the Masterpet Blackhawk Photo Comp!!! Stiff competition with heaps of great photos - good effort everyone and thanks to our fantastic sponsor, Masterpet! Woof! 🐕

We love our sponsors - here's an operational avalanche handler Robert J Teasdale dutifully sewing on his Black Hawk badge in order to be photo ready at the annual assessment. Note the head torch for better viewing ...
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We love our sponsors - heres an operational avalanche handler Robert J Teasdale dutifully sewing on his Black Hawk badge in order to be photo ready at the annual assessment. Note the head torch for better viewing ...
#sewingnotastrength #dedicateddoghandler

 

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Great effort Rob ! Mostly as you were brave enough to do it with an audience of fellow dog handlers giving not so helpful sewing advice! 😂

Congratulations Jonny Fris and Pixel for becoming operational this weekend for the first time. Here Pixel is being kitted out in her new winching harness 😆 ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Jonny Fris and Pixel for becoming operational this weekend for the first time. Here Pixel is being kitted out in her new winching harness 😆

 

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Well done Jonny, good to have another dog in tasman

Well done Jonny and Pixel

Congratulations Jonny Fris and Pixel all the hard work you put in has resulted in good SAR resource for top of the south 🐶

Yep, well done you two

Well done guy's!

Great work

Great effort, well done Pixel !

Determination, Dedication and Teamwork got you both there! Well Done!!

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3 months ago

Dave Krehic

Thanks Damian for the cooking and great dog demonstration. From all of us at landsar dogs recent training camp. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks Damian for the cooking and great dog demonstration. From all of us at landsar dogs recent training camp.
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