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Introduction to Search Dog Handling

Introduction to Search Dog Handling


This course introduces the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required of a Search Dog handler to ensure the provision of a professional level of service.

You will have the opportunity to complete practical work as part of a simulated search dog handling team and the module is designed to help prepare and direct you towards the training required for a career in this area.

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

Please note that this is an introductory course and completion will not qualify you to be a search dog handler.


What you will study

During this course, you will study:

  • Introduction to Handler & Dog Qualities
  • Principles of Search Training
  • Search Methods & Management
  • Recording & Documentation
  • Specialist Security & Detection Dogs
  • Training and Career Planning


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 simulated search exercise where you take on the role of a member of a search dog handling team and will be tasked to plan and perform a practical search.

2. The second will be a reflective log of your performance on the simulated search activity

Course start dates



£95 standard fee

£55 for current WGU students/staff

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course please contact 

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