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Canine Operational Support

Canine Operational Support


The popularity of search and rescue dogs across a range of subject disciplines is widely recorded, and the demands of roles which support this in public, private and voluntary sectors are increasing. 

This course looks to offer those interested in working with operational dogs, but not necessarily those currently looking to become search dog handlers, an opportunity to complete some practical training.

This course has been developed in conjunction with UK-K9 Training for Excellence and is endorsed by NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).


What you will study

During this course, you will study the following areas:

• Roles & Responsibilities in Canine Support
• Communication Methods
• Health, Safety & Legislation
• Canine Welfare & Management
• Equipment & Resources
• Navigation and Field craft


Online with 2.5 days at Northop campus.


2 weeks of online learning materials and 2.5 days face-to-face.


You will need to complete two assessments:

1. The first will be a short quiz containing a series of multiple choice questions made available on our Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle

2. The second will be a learning log of workshop and practical activities undertaken across the module due two weeks after the end of the delivery to allow time for consolidation of learning.

Course start dates

Online content available from 7th April. Face-to-face sessions 2.5 days – Wed 21st - Fri 23rd April



Visit the online store to book.

* The booking for this course closes a week before the course start date. If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course please contact 

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