November 5-8, 2020

Hagarville, Johnson County, Arkansas

Hosted by: Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists & Piney Creek Kennel

The Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists 21st Annual Search Dog Training Weekend will be held November 5-8, 2020.  The weekend will be based at the Hagarville Community Center & Fire Department, in Hagarville, Johnson County, Arkansas.  The address is 10577 Hwy 123, Clarksville, AR 72830.  There is a map at the bottom of this page.

This weekend will consist of training opportunities for trailing dogs, HRD/cadaver dogs, and area dogs this year.  The weekend will continue to consist of field work each day and group discussion/classes in the evenings. Training areas will be varied and may range from rugged terrain in the National Forest to town work in Clarksville, AR.

Each participant will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging.  However, AABSS will be providing everyone sandwich fixings for lunch each day and evening meals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The auction and raffles will be conducted on Saturday evening.

Registrations can be submitted via mail, e-mail, or online.  If you wish to pay online, please indicate on your registration form and we will send you an invoice via PayPal that you can use to pay your deposit payment electronically.  We will also e-mail you an invoice which you can use to pay your remaining balance through PayPal.

If you wish to pay by check, please make checks payable to AABSS and mail to:

21st Annual Search Dog Training Weekend
c/o Kim Burnett
1920 CR 3630
Lamar, AR 72846

Both the online and paper copies of the registration forms are available below.

Online Registration Form (For Both K-9 Handlers and Support Personnel

Handler Information

There will be approximately 25 trailing slots available, 15 HRD/cadaver slots available, and 15 area slots available.  Registrations received after those spots are filled will be put on a waiting list in the event of cancellations.

The cost for the weekend will be $150.00 for each handler / K-9 team.  If a handler wishes to register a second dog to work during the weekend, there will be an additional fee of $50.00 for a second dog.  Due to limited space, no more than two dogs per handler can be registered for the weekend.

Deadline for handler registrations will be October 2, 2020.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is due by October 2, 2020 to continue holding your spot.

A completed registration form and non-refundable $50 deposit is required by October 2, 2020 to ensure adequate support personnel is available for the weekend.

Support Information (Includes anyone that is not a K9 Handler)

Support personnel can register at no cost, but a registration form must be submitted.  We will provide a t-shirt and a digital copy of the participant manual as a thank you for helping.  However, a paper copy of the manual may be requested for a cost of $8 per copy and/or additional t-shirts may be ordered for a cost of $10 per shirt, if desired.

Support registrations can be accepted anytime until the start of the weekend but registrations received after October 2 cannot be guaranteed a complimentary t-shirt.

Anyone that has an interest in learning about search and rescue canines can register as support.  Current search and rescue ground team members, search managers, law enforcement, fire departments, dispatchers, EMS, and other emergency responders are especially encouraged to attend to learn about working with SAR K9s and to better understand their use and capabilities.  Members of the general public that have an interest is just learning about SAR K9s or that would just like an opportunity to help give back to their communities are also welcome to attend.

Some roles that Support personal can fill:

  • Runners (subject the trailing or area dogs are looking for) – this involves the person actually walking and laying a trail for dogs to follow and then waiting for the dog to reach them after a period of time.  The trails will range from ¼ mile to a couple of miles in length and anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in age.  The runner should be a person who is mobile and prepared to remain outdoors for an extended period of time.
  • Role-players for training scenarios – some training exercises will involve the K9 handler having to gather proper information and evaluating the scene before starting their trail so people are needed to fill the various roles of people a handler may encounter on a scene such as members of the subjects family, neighbors, law enforcement officers, media, decoy subjects, etc.
  • SAR management – Search managers can learn about SAR K9s capabilities and how they can be utilized during an incident.  There are also opportunities to practice staging management, briefing, debriefing, communications, etc.
  • Flankers (field support) for K-9 teams – follow K-9 teams into the field and assist with navigation, communications, team safety, carrying equipment, etc
  • Photographers / Videographers – this would be someone to help keep a photo/video diary of the weekend for our unit to post on our website and Facebook page.
  • Individuals to help transport teams to and from training areas – this would be someone that would not mind people and/or dogs in their vehicles or UTVs who may be muddy at times if rainy weather has occurred recently.
  • Individuals to just be “gophers” to help out with any odd jobs that come up – this could be anything from helping with paperwork to picking up lunches for those without transportation into town
  • Observer – this is just someone that would like to watch and learn but not necessarily actively participate

Lodging Information

We have arranged a special price for participants at the Quality Inn & Suites, Clarksville, AR (roughly 10 miles from Hagarville) of $65.00 and no dog fees. That price would include either a double room or a King room.  Reservations must be made AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than October 30, 2020. To receive the discounted price and waived dog fees you must call 479-754-3000 and tell them you are with the Search and Rescue Dog 2020 training group.  We recommend you make reservations as soon as possible, as there are also other events going on in the Clarksville area that weekend so hotels are filling up quickly.

There is also Spadra Park (roughly 12.5 miles from Hagarville), which is a US Army Corps of Engineers park, located in Clarksville. The park is a Class A park with flush toilets, showers, a trailer dump station, and 23 sites with shared water and electricity hookups and 5 tent sites. However, sites are only available on a first come first serve basis – no reservations are accepted.

Other camping options in the area include:

  • Piney Bay Campground (16 miles)
  • Spencer’s Landing RV Park (15 miles) – They are offering Special rates for those attending the weekend (PDF):

Optional Pre-Training Weekend Events on Wednesday May 13

We are also offering some optional pre-events for the 21st Annual Search Dog Training Weekend.

On Wednesday November 4, 2020, we will be offering NASAR SARTech II evaluations at a cost of $30.00.

Also on the evening of November 4, we will be offering AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing at a cost of $10.00.

NASAR SARTech I evaluation may also be available Wednesday evening at a cost of $30 if there is sufficient interest.

If you are interested in any of these evaluations, please mark the appropriate boxes on your registration form and we will be in touch with more specific details.

Map showing location of Hagarville Community Center & Fire Department.

If you have any questions or need any additional information please let us know.  We respectfully ask everyone to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.