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Suggested Equipment For Beginning SAR Dog Handlers

  • Buckle collar with ID tags (quick-release type preferred)
  • 6 foot leather or nylon leash
  • Hotdogs, Roll-over, or other non-kibble food treats
  • Plastic bags for poop - Always pick up after your dog!!
  • 6-8 inch length of hose or heavy plastic tubing
  • 6-10 foot tie-out cable
  • 1-2 quart water bottle for dog
  • small portable water dish
  • Day-pack/backpack
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Food and water for handler
  • Book (for reading when hiding in the woods)
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Leather gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothing (ground and concrete will sap heat from your body)
  • Appropriate footwear
  • New car to hold all this stuff!!