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2011 SARDUS Western Region Clinic
July 20-27
Boulder Montana 

The 2011 SARDUS western regional clinic will be hosted by Absaroka Search Dogs on a 12,000 acre private ranch in southwestern Montana July 20 - 27, 2011. The area is open to rustic camping with nearby hotel/cabin accomidations. The ranch is located a short drive east of Boulder Montana in the Elkhorn mountains on a well maintained county road. The road into the ranch  is less maintained but accessible with vehicles towing trailers.  Experienced trainers will be available to work with handlers throughout the week but the primary focus over the weekend will be completing SARDUS evaluations in HRD, trailing and area search.
Cost $120

  • training clinic is limited to 20 people 
  • attend specialized training in air scent, trailing and HRD
  • cost includes access to free rustic camping- potties will be provided
  • hotel accommodations are nearby
  • must pay in full at time of registration
  • full refunds available until 1 week prior to start of clinic (July 14), 50% refund after July 14.
  • if requesting a certification (see below) must register and pay for test ($50) at time of registration 

50% discount ($60) if you are only looking to attend the certification portion of the clinic.  Does not include any training opportunities, includes access to rustic camping July 23-27th.

Registration Type

If your prefer another payment option checks may be made out and mailed to:

Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States

46848 Highway 61 PO Box 85

Otis, Colorado  80743

To register please fill out the following form:

Contact information:
First name:
Last name:
Email address:
SAR Group Name:
Mailing address:
Request information :
SARDUS member
Attend both training and certification
Training Only- no tests
Certification Only-no training
Request Trailing Certification
Request HRD Certification
Request Air Scent Certification
Plan on rustic camping on-site
Need info on off-site accomidations
Have paid in full

Questions email us here:

Local Accomidations- 20- 30 minutes away

O-Z Motel
114 N Main Ave.
Boulder, MT 59632

Sunshine Health Mine  (They allow dogs- please verify)


Ranch Bed & Breakfast
2120 MT Hwy 69
Boulder, MT 59632-9730

Boulder Hot Springs

You will be responsible for providing your own food.  Bring a camping stove, there are groceries and restaurants in Boulder MT.


Certifications will be held on site July 23-27
Cost $50 per test (air scent, HRD, trailing and includes one retest if necessary) 

Testing is available for trailing, air scent and HRD. Each test consists of multiple evaluations to test teams in the critical aspects of each speciality.  We also test over multiple days to get a good idea of the teams abilities, instead of just one moment of time.  We work with the teams requirements and readily work with other organizations


certification type

you may add each additional test by choosing "add to cart" and then once in Paypal choose "continue shopping" etc.


Intensive training dates July 20-23.  Training will occur on certification days as time allows.

SARDUS members will enjoy training opportunities with some of the most experienced handlers and trainers in the country.  We worked with teams at the beginning of their careers as well as those preparing to certify.  Our clinics are designed to cover all of the necessary points for developing and certifying SAR dogs teams.  Those attending the clinics will have an opportunity to fully demonstrate the requirements set forth in the Task Book.  What a wonderful way of seeing how different people from different parts of the country work with dogs!


New Evaluators

These clinics give SARDUS the opportunity to work with new evaluators.  We are intentionally moving very slow with the expansion of our evaluator pool so we can maintain the quality and consistency that we expect with our certifications.  Evaluators in-training work with our experienced evaluators setting up and observing how each test is evaluated.  This is a very work intensive process but our results are tests that are set up and evaluated the same across the country.  If you are interested in becoming a SARDUS evaluator please apply by contacting SARDUS below. Very limited space.

click here to request more information on becoming a SARDUS evaluator


Here is a map from Boulder MT (A) to the training site (B)