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NASDU Level 2 General Purpose Dog Handler Course - GL

This course covers the requirements to become a patrol dog handler.

This course covers the requirements to become a patrol dog handler.

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This is a 5 day course.





18+ years


Basic level of English

Course NAME

NASDU Level 2 Patrol Dog Handler

DURATION 5 - 6 days
FROM £499.99


Roles and Responsibilities of a Patrol Dog Handler

Underpinning Knowledge


Control of a Patrol Dog

Basic Control
Emergency Stop
Speak on Command
Steadiness to Noise


Controlling a General Purpose Patrol Dog

Internal and External Handler Protection
Weapon Attack
Arrest Search
Persons Entry Control


Health, Well-being and Safety of a Patrol Dog

Inspection and Grooming Transportation
H & S Assessment


On-going practical assessment and written examinations

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NASDU (Level 2) Dog Handler Course Details

This course covers the basic skills and knowledge required to work as a General Purpose Security Dog Handler.

Security professionals who know how to handle dogs are a real asset to employers. This course, spread over 5 days, gives SIA licence holders extra knowledge and practical skills that help you stand out in the job market.

Following some in-depth learning, your instructor will take you through practical handling techniques that show you how to work with security dogs. That includes basic commands and control techniques, but also how to use a dog to assist you in searching premises and people.

You’ll also learn how to work with the animal most effectively, controlling their emotional state in the event of unexpected noises or aggressive behaviour from others.

These skills prove a massive advantage in security jobs that are a step more advanced, which means you’ll be investing in taking your security career to the next level. The course is completed with a written exam and certification.


We make becoming a dog handler a simple, stress-free process 


In the security sector, expertly trained dogs are used to sniff out (literally) suspects and criminals, all while being led by a trained dog handler.  

This qualification has been developed by NASDU (National Association of Security Dog Users) to meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Security Dog Handling and the training requirements contained within BS 8517-1:2016.


✅ Learn a new skill

Become a dog handler and become skilled in searching people, vehicles and property with the help of highly trained security dogs.


✅ Take ownership of your career

Make your next career move a great one, with greater job flexibility and role variety by having the knowledge of being being a certified dog handler.


✅ Secure your best job yet
Broaden your career prospects and improve job satisfaction by becoming a dog handler.



Did you know? An experienced dog handler can expect to earn up to £26,000 a year or more in the UK.


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Frequently asked

If you’re considering working in the security sector, you will frequently hear the mention of SIA.

SIA stands for ‘security industry authority’. They are the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry.

Having an SIA licence ensures that individuals working in the security industry are adequately trained, are vetted and have undergone full background checks, and meet the standards expected of regulated private security services.

This is why individuals working in the security industry require an SIA licence.

The Nasdu is the National Association of Security Dog Users. NASDU promotes welfare, standards, training and education within the Security Dog Sector and offers support and guidance to its membership.

The NASDU (Level 2) dog handler course covers the basic skills and knowledge required to work as a general-purpose Security Dog Handler. During the course you will learn how to be a professional dog handler and how to look after, guide and use the skills of a trained dog the Dog Handler Training Course.

As a dog handler, you would be teamed with a specially trained dog and would be responsible for its care and control. A number of organisations use dog handlers in active roles, including the police, Army, RAF, search and rescue organisations and private security firms.

The type of tasks that would involve a dog handler include preventing and detecting criminal activity and searching for missing persons.

This course is assessed by an accredited NASDU Instructor and consists of on-going practical assessment and written examination(s).

You can hire a Dog, usually available for £100 for the entire course.


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