"These things we do ...

Long Island Search and Rescue

that others may live"

LISAR philosophy for canine teams

LISAR strongly encourages that you take the following steps for those interested in training a search and rescue dog:


You should...

  • Know your puppy's history
  • Start training before one year of age
  • Read materials on training success
  • Build backcountry skills

LISAR does not accept...

  • Dogs trained in hunting activities
  • Dogs trained in bite work or aggression training

Common characteristics of a successful search dog include:

  • High motivation
  • Strong Drive
  • Physical and mental endurance
  • Easy to train


Searching for lost and missing people is about life and death. The people we search for deserve the very best resource we can provide -- a focused and committed dog trained for the sole purpose of finding lost and missing persons.


A  search & rescue dog consistently and reliably communicates the location of human scent to its handler.


Training a search dog is a long journey and requires a lot of patience, perseverance, and commitment.Handler must be competent in...

  • Map and compass
  • GPS
  • Navigation skills
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Dog first aid
  • Survival training
  • Incident Command System 



A handler must be in good health, be physically fit and have the proper equipment for searching.

Handlers spend hundreds of hours training their dogs and becoming proficient in a variety of search and rescue skills. All teams must be motivated and dedicated to ensure their own success.

Standards of Conduct