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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 9 operational avalanche dogs and 12 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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2 weeks ago

NZ LandSAR Search Dogs

Good to knowThis is a thermal image of a dog with a portion of its body shaved and the other portion not shaved. The non-shaved portion is at 24°C and the shaved portion at 30°C. The hair is present for several reasons, mainly for thermal regulation ☀🌡

Stop shaving dogs you're not helping them.
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Good to know

 

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Amanda. Interesting to see.

Ummm, it’s a lovely picture but actually the image represents the surface temperature of the skin/fur. The fur insulates the skin of the dog, keeping the heat inside, so it doesn’t show up on the outside. The shaved portion lets the heat out, so it shows up. As a vet, I can assure you thick coated dogs do worse in hot weather than short coated.

2 weeks ago

NZ LandSAR Search Dogs

Operational avo dog Indy during the Police Sarex in the Craigieburn Range yesterday. Good result for search dogs with Indy smashing it out of the park:)Indy:”Yep, definitely this one” ... See MoreSee Less

Operational avo dog Indy during the Police Sarex in the Craigieburn Range yesterday. Good result for search dogs with Indy smashing it out of the park:)

 

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O for awesome

Nice work team Rob and Indy

The latest avalanche search dog rapid response vehicle. Haha not really but it is a quite inventive mode of transport for one of our operational avo handlers... ... See MoreSee Less

The latest avalanche search dog rapid response vehicle. Haha not really but it is a quite inventive mode of transport for one of our operational avo handlers...

 

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Kirsten Hagan maybe you could try this when your fur baby gets too big for the bike!!

Very clever

1 month ago

NZ LandSAR Search Dogs

Whoa.. athletic dogs...

Working-dog
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I had one for 16 years.. Nero was an absolute champ.. dutch police dog certificate 1 & 2, search, rescue and surveillance certificates.. but the coolest family dog

Yes, very cool until they have spinal cord injuries like the German Shepard Police dogs...,

wow. impressive dog

Marii Paz....

Dave Hines

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2 months ago

NZ LandSAR Search Dogs

Congratulations Emma Milburn and Dart fantastic article in the latest AA Directions magazine ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Emma Milburn and Dart fantastic article in the latest AA Directions magazineImage attachment
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