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Do you have a good nose?

King County Search Dogs is now accepting applications. You do not need to have a dog to apply; in fact some of our most successful members waited until after they joined to select the best puppy for them. You can download the application instructions here: READ_ME_First_2021.pdf

Before you apply please watch our virtual information session video on YouTube. It provides a great introduction to King County Search Dogs, our recruitment process and applicant expectations. You should also read through our website which has lots more information about what we do and how we train dogs. Search dog work is rewarding but applicants should understand that it is a long term commitment and can be demanding for participants and their families.

A complete application includes:

  1. KCSD Application
  2. KCSO Emergency Worker Application
  3. Picture of you (alone)
  4. Picture of your dog (alone)
  5. Copy/scan/photo of Driver’s License
  6. Copy/scan photo of Auto Insurance Card

Send application materials in one email to:

Do NOT send anything directly to the Sheriff!

Applications Close June 28, 2021
Applicant training (without their dogs) to begin as soon as July 2021
Applicant and dog “Meet and Greet” with current members October 2021

Send questions to:

Search Dogs Really Do Save Lives

In the early hours of April 30th KCSD was deployed to look for a missing 87 year old with dementia. At 2:30 AM, after working less than 15 minutes, K9 Lincoln found the subject who was reunited with their family. Please join us in congratulating Lincoln, his handler Jon and support team Brian and Katherine on Lincoln’s first ‘find’ as well as in thanking all the volunteers from KCSD and King County Search and Rescue who responded to the late night call out from the King County Sheriff’s Office and Bellevue, WA Police Department.
KCSD dogs and handlers each spend hundreds of hours training every year and it is worth every minute when there are outcomes like this!

Are You Ready?

K9 Natick is ready for Give Big on May 4-5, 2021: Are you?

Give Big is an easy way to support all your favorite local non-profits including King County Search Dogs.

“How to Hike Safely with Your Dog”

Watch a free, on-demand webinar from the Washington Trails Association, REI and the #RecreateResponsibly Coalition to help get you and your dog ready for hiking this summer. “How to Hike Safely with Your Dog” focuses on new dog owners heading out with their ‘pandemic pups’ but has useful tips for experienced dog owners as well. The webinar features experts from the Washington Trails association, Washington State Animal Response Team, a certified trainer, a vet, and even a video with some King County Search Dogs!


Watch all the KCSD Dogs in action!

If you are COVID quarantining or don’t have 8.5 hours to spare on a Saturday you can still catch up with 10 of the King County Search dogs at a recent airscent training. This 3 minute Google Earth time lapse animation of dog GPS collar tracks lets you see how each dog found its “lost” subjects in one of two 40 acre areas. There is a lot of detail in the video so it is best viewed on a large screen at full 1080p/HD.
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