Course Overview


Search and rescue (SAR) dogs are brought in to help locate people during the aftermath of natural disasters, locate people who are missing or hiding, and, in general, during time-sensitive situations. SAR dogs are also profoundly helpful during times of personal crisis, such as finding someone with a cognitive disease who wandered from their home, or those with mental health or substance abuse issues who are at risk for self-harm or overdose. The importance of search and rescue dogs cannot be understated, which is why we set the highest standards for our training.

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Virtual Search and Rescue Training

Led by our lead instructor John Bellocchio, our search and rescue virtual dog training classes train your dog to search for, find, and rescue missing persons. With dedicated and proper training, any dog can be trained to be a search and rescue dog. Our training follows FEMA training standards, including search and rescue training for trailing, tracking, and cadaver search.

FEMA Training Standards

Our Search and Rescue Dog training standards align with those set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We believe in maintaining high-quality training, which is why our dogs and handlers are trained to those high standards. Despite the absence of a universal standard in the United States for Search and Rescue, our adherence to FEMA guidelines showcases our commitment to service quality and safety.

Related Services

Beyond search and rescue, we also train dogs for:

  • Fire accelerant detection
  • Bomb detection
  • Narcotics (including opioid) detection.

We also offer cold case analysis and document investigation services.

At Fetch and More, we believe in transparency, open dialogue, and the importance of understanding your needs. Please reach out to us for more information about our services and to discuss how we can assist with your specific requirements.

A History of Search and Rescue Dogs

Search and rescue (SAR) has been around for centuries. The first recorded SAR mission occurred in the 10th century, when a group of Norwegians set out to save a ship that was stranded in the North Sea. Other examples of early SAR operations include the Great St. Bernard Pass search and rescue missions of the late 18th century, and the wilderness rescue and relief operations of the 19th century.

Types of Search and Rescue

There are many types of search and rescue, but wilderness search and rescue is the focus of this course. Wilderness SAR operations involve locating and rescuing individuals who have become lost, injured, or missing in a remote natural environment. This type of SAR operation is conducted by teams of trained professionals who are equipped with specialized gear and tools.


Accessible, virtual training on your time. Please contact us at 201-914-8268 with any questions or concerns about registering for the virtual training.

Experience is the cornerstone of our success at Fetch and More. Our team of trainers has over 20 years of experience in the field of service dog training. We have successfully trained and placed service dogs with individuals who have various disabilities, such as visual impairment, mobility issues, and autism. Our trainers have also worked with a wide range of breeds, from Labrador Retrievers to Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Dobermans, ensuring that we are equipped to handle any type of service dog training.

At Fetch and More, we have the experience, competency, and dedication to providing top-notch service dog training. We put our students and their dogs equally first, ensuring that they receive the support, skills, and confidence they need to lead an independent and fulfilling life. Join us at Fetch and More, and let us help you unlock the full potential of your service dog.

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