(Short Course) Introduction to Search Dog Handling

Person in a blue jacket with a dog on a lead with a harness

Course details

Year of entry

2024, 2025


2.5 days

Institution Code




Why choose? this course?

Learn the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required of a Search Dog handler to ensure the provision of a professional level of service. This course will help prepare you for the training required for a career in this area, while having the opportunity to complete practical work as part of a simulated search dog handling team.

This cohort will have a particular focus on victim recovery and the use of human remains detection dogs.

Key course features

  • Developed in conjunction with UK-K9 Training for Excellence.
  • Endorsed by NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users).
  • Practical sessions as part of a simulation search dog team.

What 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

Entry requirements & applying

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest.

Teaching & Assessment

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.

Fees & funding

Standard price: £95

For current staff/students please contact shortcourses@wrexham.ac.uk to request a discount code for a reduced fee. 

Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form below to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course dates

2.5 days 

All sessions will be based at our Northop Campus. 

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest.