The following dog teams are currently progressing through the training and assessment structure. They are not currently operational until they pass their assessments.

It takes on average 2-3 years to qualify as an operational team. Click on the picture to find out more about the handlers and their dogs.

(Cockermouth MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 1 – Training
Mike, a member of Cockermouth MRT  for many years, and former Team Leader is now training his 1st dog Blue. Blue is a lively Labrador to say the least, he has a fascination with his toy duck! We look forward to working with Mike & Blue.

(Kirkby Stephen MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 1 – Training

Grant has been in Mountain Rescue for 17 years, a member of the Kirkby Stephen team for 7 years, and with Swaledale prior to that. He already has a portfolio of MR skills including Rigging for Rescue, Swiftwater and Cascare, and is now looking forward to the challenge of becoming a Search Dog handler with Tommy. A two year old Labradoodle with endless energy & drive, he came to Grant as a rehomed rescue at 7 months, via Jen Cartmell, our puppy & pre-Stage 1 adviser. Grant was aware that he would be a challenge, but describes him as “an awesome dog, that has massive toy drive, hunts instinctively and covers ground with what seems like an everlasting battery.

(Cockermouth MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 1 – Training
Tom, a member of Cockermouth MRT  is now training his 1st dog Bess. Bess is a lively collie to say the least, she has a fascination with the game ‘tuggy’ and trainee search dog Marty.. Bess is quickly learning the ‘Searching’ game and loves barking…

(Kirkby Stephen MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 2 – Training
Adrian and his Labrador Kaiya have been Stage 2 trainees for a while, but one or two issues with indication have delayed progress. Like many Labradors, Kaiya is lively and boisterous, and bodies need to be well prepared for her attempts to relieve them of any toy that might be on show! She is also very affectionate and loveable – and knows it!   The team is now beginning to make steady progress towards Stage 3.

(Cockermouth MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 3 – Assessment
Mike and his Border Collie Dog have moved swiftly though Stage 1, and on into Stage 2 and are now on the assessment process. Marty was named by Mike’s son who has a fascination with the ‘Back to the Future’ film. Marty, who comes from working sheep dog parents on the West Coast, is very playful and is obsessed with his ‘tuggy’ toy. He is responding well to the challenges of assessment, having grown into a powerful and rangy dog. Mike has been involved in mountain rescue in the Lakes since he was 18 as a member, then a Team Leader within the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. A move to the North in early 2017 now has him wearing a blue jacket with the Cockermouth Team. Mike is also heavily involved as the LDSAMRA Operations Officer and is an Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician Instructor.

(Kendal MRT)
Air Scenting Trainee Dog Team
Stage 1 – Training
Jacqui, who is partner to one of our graded handlers, has bodied for the Association for a while, and now has taken the plunge to train her own dog.
Jacqui and her English Shepherd,  Ivy, have just passed their obedience and stock test and are now part of the Stage 1 training.  Ivy is the 3rd English Shepherd to be trained within the Lake District Search Dog Association and she is related to Search Dog Fern.  Ivy loves the search training, but also loves a cuddle when she is relaxing at home.