Average 60 Callouts per year

2 to 3 years to train a search team

Saving lives in wild and remote locations


MOUNTAIN RESCUE SEARCH DOGS ENGLAND is a charity training Mountain Rescue volunteers & their dogs, to find vulnerable missing people in the wild & remote places of the UK since 1971.

At MRSD England, we train our dogs as ”Non discriminatory air scenting” search dogs. That is to say they are not given a scent article with the scent of a particular person, but are searching for any human scent in the air.

MRSDE is a dog training charity, we teach Mountain Rescue personnel to train Mountain Rescue Search Dogs across England. We are unable to teach you the required search and rescue skills required for working in an upland environment. As such, we are only able to take on prospective trainees who have at least 1 years callout experience with a recognised Mountain Rescue team, with written support from your team. Additionally we require that you have bodied for us on both national and local courses on a number of occasions.


Search Dog Training

Find out more about how, when and where we training and what it takes to produce a life saving search dog.

Become a Dogsbody

The most valued people in Mountain Rescue Search Dog Training, we would be lost without these amazing people who volunteer to go out in all weathers to hide from our dogs.

Search Dog History

Find out how it all began, the history of Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, the changes and the statistics.


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Search Dogs Tio and Merryn cooling off in the sea after their call-out to Penzance. St Micheal's Mount in the background.
Search Dog Merryn out during Storm Jocelyn.
Search Dog Merryn clearing steep, wooded ground in Penzance during the search for a high-risk missing person.
Search Dog Mac ready to search an area in Bodmin, alongside East and West Cornwall Search & Rescue Teams.
Search Dogs Mac, Izzy, Teg and Merryn in Bodmin. This was taken after the missing person was successfully located.
Not only are our dogsbodies great at hiding and playing with our dogs, but some of them have hidden talents. 

This image was sketched by Chris, one of our regular bodies, on the recent assessment weekend whilst he was in position in Newlands, Lake District. 

So, whilst enjoying the outdoors and assisting to train search dogs it just shows that there also an element of mindfulness. 

#goodforthesoul #searchdogtraining
There was even more success over the weekend in the Lake District national course. TSD Merlin and her handler Mike passed their Stage 1 assessment, where they had find multiple 'dogsbodies' in a wooded area - showing a strong, reliable indication and find sequence to the assessors. Well done 👏 

This means they are going on to Stage 2 where they will learn to search for longer duration and over more complex areas. 

Mike is a member of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

None of this is possible without our volunteer 'dogsbodies' who hide out for our dogs to find. Thanks to all! 

You can read more about the stages that the dog teams work towards on our website - https://mountainrescuesearchdogsengland.org.uk/training-information/

#thenoseknows #poweredbyburns
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