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DOGS-East Suggested Reading List

Although training of a search dog takes the support and logistics of a strong group, there is much knowledge to be gleaned from the pages of books written by other dog trainers, SAR or otherwise.  Included here are links to lists of books found useful to other trainers in both the beginning and later stages of training. DE Members can check the availability of these books in the DE library.

Dog Training:

  • Scent and the Scenting Dog, William G. Syrotuck

  • Search and Rescue Dogs Training Methods, American Rescue Dog Association

  • Don't Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor

  • Lads Before the Wind, Karen Pryor

  • Ready!, Susan Bulanda

  • Search and Rescue Dog Training, Sandy Bryson

  • Training in Drive, Booth and Deldhi
  • Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson

Map and Compass:

  • Be Expert with Map and Compass, Bjorn Kjellstrom

  • Staying Found, the Complete Map and Compass Handbook, June Fleming


  • Fire Weather, USDA

  • K-9 First Aid

  • How Long is Your Shadow, Hatch Graham

  • Analysis of Lost Person Behavior, William G. Syrotuck

  • MSO/PSO/SOS Manuals