Training and certifying with your canine represents a significant commitment in time and energy by the entire team. NEK9 is a small, select, skilled and dedicated team that places tremendous responsibility on each individual for the success of the whole. Therefore, applicants are accepted with great care.
Before considering applying to NEK9, please read the following.
An applicant must:
NEK9 members are volunteers and all costs are the members responsibly. Expect to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket each year. There is no charge for the training itself, but all equipment, travel costs, etc. are the member’s responsibility.
Some of the expenses involved are:
If you do not have a canine, please wait until you have some firsthand experience training with the team. NEK9 looks for specific characteristics and temperament for a SAR canine. We have seasoned handlers who can assist you with the selection process.
If you currently have a canine under 3 years old, an assessment will be made through observation and testing. Temperament and drive are the two necessary traits in the SAR canine. A canine that is not afraid of people, new places or loud noises and that will play with a toy endlessly are good candidates. Our canines train and search for long hours in difficult conditions all for the reward and praise from the handler.
Recommended books and online learning programs:
Search and Rescue Dogs: Training The K9 Hero -American Rescue Dog Association.
Scent and The Scenting Dog – William Syrotuck
Be An Expert With Map And Compass – Kjellstrom (or an online map and compass course)
Online learning for the Garmin Alpha 100- (GPS currently used by NEK9) http://support.garmin.com/en-US/?productID=107225&tab+videos
Once you have considered the above please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if we are taking applications.
If instructed to do so, please fill out an Application Form.
Send the application to PO Box 407, Grantham, NH 03753 or email to email@example.com
Individuals interested in becoming part of our communications team, please follow the procedure above.