|Harry Oakes, world famous SAR dog
handler and instructor, is now offering Search and Qualification
programs on a regular basis Locally, Nationally and Internationally.
For years, NASAR and FEMA have offered “Certification” courses. You
can see for yourself how they have excluded numerous teams during
real events, so that their own teams will, “stand out and shine”.
Unfortunately they have shown their true colors in Katrina and other
disasters, and SAR operations. Many SAR Dog handlers and their team
members feel that these certification agencies have lost all
credibility and now are left to ask, “Who is qualified, certified,
and skilled?”. What kind of dog team(s) are we really getting? We
are receiving calls, emails almost on a daily basis for more
extensive training for individual search dog handlers and their
In 1987, Mr. Oakes tried to get the certification program started in
the state of Oregon. He ran right into a lot of UGLY POLITICS and
B.S. within the SAR community and the Sheriff’s offices. The “It’s
not what you know, but WHO you know syndrome”.
Harry was able to show that the state of Oregon Certification
program was corrupt, and DIDN’T WORK, and wasn’t credible in any
way. Thus forcing the Sheriff’s to discontinue their certification
program for K-9’s.
Over the last 26 years, many agencies and individual dog handlers
have hired Harry Oakes and his search dog teams privately to teach,
and “Qualify” their search dog handlers and teams for all aspects of
search and rescue. Confined space, Wilderness, Water, Avalanche,
Urban SAR for missing persons and pets.
Harry’s instructed teams around the world such as in the
Philippines, Honduras, Turkey, Canada, USA, and Caribbean, South
America, South Africa, and Mexico.
Mr. Oakes’s qualifications as a search dog handler and instructor
have stood up to the scrutiny of the Oregon Dept of Justice, The
FBI, and many courts have qualified Harry as an Expert Witness
regarding scent, forensic scent evidence, search dog training,
testing, and qualifications.
Fact: Harry Oakes, Internationally known as the most successful and
documented search dog handler and instructor in the world, can
qualify you, your search dog, and your team members for all aspects
Fact: Harry’s documented over 9,050 calls and now averages
approximately 450 to 760 calls a year for assistance around the
world. Rescuing missing lost person and pets, his qualifications
stands above all others through training, testing, and experience.
Harry’s been there. Working disasters in earthquakes, floods,
tornados, hurricanes, volcanoes, fires, and transportation
Harry’s worked Avalanches. Snow, mud, dirt, and rock.
Wilderness searches, day and night. Urban search and rescue and
confined space rescue.
He has the skills and knowledge to train you and your dog to be
safe, successful and useful when it really counts.
To attend one of his classes: you must first send a resume of your
outdoor experience, your SAR work experience and training. Complete
a waiver, and application for training and testing.
You will be assigned a training # and date and location to show up.
You must provide for your own lodging and transportation.
Cost is as follows: One dog, one handler.
Obedience $150.00 for a three hour session. Topics will cover dog
obedience, psychology, feeding, care, first aid for pets.
Air scenting. $300.00 per day. This is a 12 hour session deep in the
wilderness. Can also cover Avalanche work during Winter and Spring
sessions. You will learn to air scent through the toughest terrain
to find live and dead persons. To include articles and evidence.
Work a disaster site. Identify Hazards. Can also include digging a
snow cave for you and your dog for survival.
Tracking and Trailing. $300.00 This will cover tracking missing
persons through urban, rural, wilderness environments.
Scent Discrimination and Suspect Identification Forensic Scent
This two day course. 48 hours of hands on training. The first 12
hours covers class room training, testing, and documenting your
findings for court. Also includes giving testimony, and depositions.
The next 12 hours is a crime scene search evaluation. You will be
transported to a MOCK Crime scene, conduct your search, evaluate
your findings, document, diagram and photograph your findings, and
write a police report for court purposes. Then be cross examined on
Other classes available upon request.
Outdoor survival Winter and Summer.
Crime scene photography.
Map, Compass, and GPS.
Swift Water Rescue.
High Angle Rope Rescue.
Some of Harry’s references are as follows: In the past, Harry has
instructed courses to members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office,
Clackamas County Sheriff’s office, Morrow County Sheriff’s Dept,
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, their SAR members, and other
organizations such as Silver Star SAR and Clark Co. SAR members,
Cowlitz Co. SAR members. NATO, St Croix USVI K-9’s, AKUT and Turkey
K-9’s, Sitka Alaska K-9’s, Troutdale City Police Dept., Multnomah
County Sheriff’s Explorers and designed special courses for the US
Army Rangers at Fort Lewis, Wa.
To apply for a training seminar, email or write Mr Oakes at the
International K-9 SAR Services PO Box# 1472, Longview, Washington
Office: 360-414-8093 Mobile: 503-705-0258.
You may also order Harry's book available on CD Format "Search and
Rescue" on our home page at
Last revised 05/17/2012.