Books and other resources

USAR Search Dog Association - Books and ResourcesScent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog 

This book follows commercial pilot and canine handler Susannah Charleson and her Golden Retriever partner, Puzzle, as they train to certify together as a canine SAR team. 

Professional search and rescue workers consider Susan Bulanda’s Ready! Training the Search and Rescue Dog “the bible of Search and Rescue (SAR),” the most sought-after book of its kind detailing canine search and rescue.

Disaster Search Dogs.

Duck Hill Kennels breeds and raises Labradors for the Disaster Search role. In cooperation with Tennessee Search Dogs, Inc. we develop and train young Labradors to go into this demanding and valuable function. 

Be the Pack Leader 

Cesar Millan’s guide for taking your relationship with your dog to a higher level. By developing the skills necessary to become the calm-assertive owner your dog 

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems.

In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan—star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan—reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life

Canine Ergonomics: The Science of Working Dogs.

Providing a complete overview, from physiology to cognition, this is the first book to discuss working dogs from a scientific perspective. It covers a wide range of current and potential tasks, explores ergonomic and cognitive aspects of these tasks, and covers personality traits and behavioral assessments of working dogs. 

Disaster Search Dogs (Dog Heroes)

Defying danger, dogs race to the rescue in this fast-paced story of canine heroes helping people escape life-threatening disasters. Disaster Search Dogs follows real-life dogs bravely searching for victims buried under the wreckage of the World Trade Center and other disaster sites. Packed with exciting anecdotes, Disaster Search Dogs details how dogs are expertly trained to work with human partners toward a single goal—saving lives.

Field Guide: Dog First Aid Emergency Care for the Hunting, Working, and Outdoor Dog

This is the first pocket field guide that will cover the injuries and problems that your dog can encounter in the field, presenting the symptoms and treatment. This first aid guide is 4 x 6, pocket -sized and spiral bound for easy use.

Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs

The first and only major publication to salute the canines that served our nation in the recovery missions following the terrorists’ strikes on America. In his foreword to this edition, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani says, “No American could be unmoved by the stories and images of these dogs and their handlers….Their journeys, as told in these pages, reinforce our resolve to persevere, rebuild and keep our nation safe and strong.”

Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training

Karen Pryor is a powerful proponent of the principles and practical uses of positive reinforcement in teaching new behaviors. Here are the secrets of changing behavior in pets, kids—even yourself—without yelling, threats, force, punishment, guilt trips...or shooting the dog

Scent and the Scenting Dog

Unveil the mysteries of Scent! Now you can understand how and why a dog can work scent. This fascinating book explains the composition of scent, how it works in the dog's nose, and what affects scent and much more! · The Sense of Smell · Anatomy and Physiology · Theories and Odor · The Human as a Scent Source · Transmission · Atmospheric Factors and Airborn Scent · The Ground Scent Picture · Working on Dog's Scent · Snow Experiments

Training the Disaster Search Dog

the step-by-step training methods that human-dog teams use to locate victims in rubble and is based on the author's 28 years of field experience. You will learn: To teach DSD skills using positive training techniques How to build and train with the specialized equipment used in training How to prepare for the FEMA DSD certifications tests What it is like to part of a disaster recovery effort.

NZ USAR Search Dog Association


USAR Search Dog handlers in New Zealand are all volunteers. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, from firefighters to computer programmers. What they share is basic fitness, the ability to work in a team, the desire to serve the wider community and a dedication to the development of USAR Search Dogs.

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The NZ USAR Search Dog Association is an Incorportated Society. The Association has a Management Committee chosen from its members with a President taking the lead role.An Association Coordinator runs the USAR SDA day to day and it is the first point of contact for enquiries.Please see the Committee and Contacts section.

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