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National Search and Rescue Dog Association – Staffordshire

The SSART Dog Section was formed in June 2012 and is registered as an ALSAR dog team.

We currently have two qualified dog teams.

Each dog and handler is registered with NSARDA 

Each handler and dog is supported by a team member who is responsible for navigation, communications and assisting the missing person upon a successful find.  

There is a structured training plan which each dog and handler must complete, starting from early puppy hood right through to a fully fledged search dog. 

Throughout their time with NSARDA Staffordshire each dog and handler will be continually assessed to ensure that they maintain their standard.  This continuous training means that a lot of time and patience is required of handlers and support members.

Qualified Dog Teams

Handler: Dave Barley

Dave is a Delivery Officer for Royal Mail and has been a member of SSART since 2009.  He is a Team Leader and also the Procurement Officer.  Dave is also the Dog Section Lead for SSART. Dave is now a fully graded NSARDA handler.

Dog:  Red 

Red is a Border Collie and was born in June 2011 on a working farm.  He has been with Dave since he was 8 weeks old.

Handler: James Rudman

James is a professional dog trainer and has been a member of SSART since 2011.  He is currently a team leader and Deputy Chair with SSART and spends most weekends training with NSARDA along with our other handlers. 

Dog:  Jake

Born in July 2012 Jake trained to NSARDA standard, where he rapidly showed signs of becoming a great search dog. Jake passed all of his good citizen awards attaining Gold standard by the time he was 12 months old.  

Having completed a stock test and an obedience test Jake started as a registered Trainee Search Dog with NSARDA and in March 2016 became a novice graded search dog.

Jake was bred from a working line of Field Trial Champions. Lots of thanks has to go to the breeders Verrad Labradors: for breeding such a well rounded puppy!