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:
- KCSD Application
- KCSO Emergency Worker Application
- Picture of you (alone)
- Picture of your dog (alone)
- Copy/scan/photo of Driver’s License
- Copy/scan photo of Auto Insurance Card
Send application materials in one email to: Membership@KCSearchdogs.org
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: Membership@KCSearchDogs.org
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!
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.
Link to Video: https://youtu.be/ui5Hm_B7xzM