SAR Related Books
BE EXPERT WITH MAP & COMPASS by Bjprn Kjellstrom
Learn how to navigate with a map and compass. GPS units are great, but batteries die, they can’t pick under heavy foliage, etc. Be able to use a map and compass to travel in the wilderness areas. For more information or to buy, click here.
SCENT AND THE SCENTING DOG by William G Syrotuck
Have you ever wondered what scent is and how dogs manage to detect even faint odors? This book will unravel that mystery for you, and also discuss human scent in relation to dogs finding and following it. If you are interested in search and rescue with your dog, understanding scent will help you enormously. Click to buy.
SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS: TRAINING THE K-9 HERO by American Rescue Dog Association
A thorough book on training the SAR dog. What are search dogs used for, how are they trained, what standards do they need to meet? This is a good introduction for the person wanting to get started in K-9 search and rescue, or just an interesting book for any dog lover. Click to buy.
HOW TO TRAIN A POLICE BLOODHOUND AND SCENT DISCRIMINATING PATROL DOG by Kevin & Robin Kocher
Don’t let the title fool you–this is a great book for the SAR trailing dog! The authors have years of experience training trailing dogs and their handlers for both police work and search and rescue. Using positive rewards, they show you how to develop a dog that is reliable, driven and focused. There are many stories of actual searches that add to the interest and make for an entertaining read. Click to buy.
DOG FIRST AID–EMERGENCY CARE FOR THE OUTDOOR DOG by Randy Acker, DVM
This is a pocket field guide you can carry with you while training, searching or hiking. If your dog gets injured or sick, it is a quick reference of what to do. Very handy. Click to buy.
SAR Related Equipment
The Garmin Astro 430–All the features of a Garmin GPS, plus dog tracking features. Know where your dog is, and where he has been. Read my review.
Have you read any of these books? Were they helpful to you? Let us know with a comment which books were the most helpful.