A team of rescuers is on the lookout for new doggie detectives.

Volunteer search team ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex, which often helps Sussex Police find missing people, is seeking new dogs and handlers.

The team is starting training courses in March for dogs and their owners to learn some of the skills needed to succeed on the job.

Steve Ball, chairman of ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex, said: "One of the first questions that potential dog handlers want to know the answer to is whether their dogs suitable for search and rescue work.

“Teaming up with Sussex County Dog Training has enabled us to provide a course which allows interested members of the public to bring their dogs along to find out.”

Last year three dogs and their handlers were picked to join the team.

The courses start on Tuesday April 2  and Tuesday June 4 and run every Tuesday in the Chichester area for six weeks, costing £65.

As well as looking for new dog handlers ASLAR Search Dogs are also looking to recruiting potential new search technicians who support the dog handlers by carrying out roles such as navigation, radio communication and first aid.

To book a place on one of the courses contact Nina at Sussex County Dog Training on 01243 697202 or email nina@sussexcountydogtraining.co.uk.

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