Education Materials

Books for every topic

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Search Dog Training
  • Building a Basic Foundation for Search and Rescue Dog Training by J. C. Judah
  • Cadaver Dog Handbook: Forensic Training and Tactics for the Recovery of Human Remains by Andrew Rebmann and Edward David
  • K9 Search and Rescue: A Manual for Training the Natural Way (K9 Professional Training Series) by Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak
  • K-9 Trailing: The Straightest Path by Jeff Schettler
  • Ready! Training the Search and Rescue Dog (second edition) by Susan Bulanda
  • Search Dog Training by Sandy Bryson
  • Training a Search and Rescue Dog: for Wilderness Air Scent Christy Judah
Map & Compass
  • Be an Expert with Map and Compass by Bjourn Kjellstrom.
  • NOLS Wilderness Navigation (NOLS Library) by Darran Wells and Jon Cox
  • Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS, 3rd Edition (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) by Bob Burns and Mike Burns
SAR Dog Science
  • Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
  • Beyond The Back Yard: Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere! by Denise Fenzi
  • Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
  • Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
  • How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey
  • Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals by Karen Pryor
  • Scent and the Scenting Dog by William Syrotuck
  • The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson
  • What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren


Raising a SAR puppy
  • Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar
  • Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Sophia Yin and Lili Chin
  • The Gifted Puppy Program: 40 Games, Activities, and Exercises to Raise a Brilliant, Happy Dog by Laurie Leach
  • Try Tracking!: The Puppy Tracking Primer by Carolyn A. Krause
Outdoor Safety for Kids
  • I Sit and Stay: A Survival Guide for Kids (And Parents Too!) by Leah L. Waarvik
  • Stop and Stay Put: A Guide to Safer Adventures Outdoors by Kaye Hall and Carolynne Gamble
Lost Person Behavior and Search Planning
  • Incident Command System Field Operations Guide for Search and Rescue by Robert J. Koester and Emily Powell Koester
  • Lost Alzheimer’s Disease Search Management : A law enforcement guide to managing by Robert J Koester
  • Lost Person Behavior: A Search And Rescue Guide On Where To Look – For Land, Air And Water Aug by Robert J. Koester
  • Lost Person Behavior: Practical Map Exercises by Robert J. Koester
  • Urban Search: Managing Missing Person Searches in the Urban Environment by Christopher S. Young and John Wehbri