Volunteer Scheme – UKDTR

Anybody wishing to apply to become a member of our volunteer tracking scheme must meet our standards.  Handler/dog teams that can produce evidence of a similar standard abroad will also be considered.

Prospective members should note that volunteering for the scheme is regarded as a recreational activity and that members should arrange their own insurance.  This can be done privately, but both BASC and BDS, NGO arrange suitable cover.

Dog Breeds

Pure bred dogs most likely to reach UKDTR standards

  • Labradors
  • Retrievers
  • All HPR breeds
  • All hounds

Other breeds and cross breeds will be accepted for testing and may track within the UKDTR volunteer scheme but UKDTR strongly advise against cross breeding and will not place advertisements for breeding or progeny from such dogs.

Dog Breeds - UKDTR
Dog Breeds - UKDTR

Dog Breeds

Pure bred dogs most likely to reach UKDTR standards

  • Labradors
  • Retrievers
  • All HPR breeds
  • All hounds

Other breeds and cross breeds will be accepted for testing and may track within the UKDTR volunteer scheme but UKDTR strongly advise against cross breeding and will not place advertisements for breeding or progeny from such dogs.

Dog Breeds - UKDTR

Dog Handler

Preferably to have completed DSC 2 and have two or more years stalking experience.​ Handler and dog must pass the 20 hour tracking test or its recognised equivalent.​

A basic knowledge of different shot sites is essential to aid any tracking team to make a recovery. Shot site inspection and scenario training will be compulsory.​ The handler will be encouraged to keep a confidential log of live (non-training) tracks followed, as part of their skills development.

Dog Breeds - UKDTR

Dog Handler

Preferably to have completed DSC 2 and have two or more years stalking experience.​ Handler and dog must pass the 20 hour tracking test or its recognised equivalent.​

A basic knowledge of different shot sites is essential to aid any tracking team to make a recovery. Shot site inspection and scenario training will be compulsory.​ The handler will be encouraged to keep a confidential log of live (non-training) tracks followed, as part of their skills development.

Our Volunteer Teams Will:

  • Be trained/tested to make sure they meet our standards
  • Maintain a confidential log of live tracks followed as part of their skills development
  • Be motivated by finding the animal to end suffering or to locate the carcass and will NOT accept money for helping to track lost animals (other than motoring costs) and will be professional and discreet at all times. Handlers failing to act in this way will be removed from the volunteer list
  • If available, operate on a call-out basis for individual wounded deer including animals injured as a result of deer vehicle collisions
  • If available, be present for organised deer movement days or team shoots
  • Only track where permission for access has been given
  • Not carry a firearm unless specifically requested to do so and only in legal circumstances
  • Not use the tracking opportunity as a means to gain stalking rights on that land
  • Arrange for their own insurance but cannot be held responsible for incidents which were not of their own making or while under direction from a third party.

The UKDTR will from time to time arrange tracking events for members aimed at skills development.

Volunteer scheme membership is free.

Dog Handler Training Days - UKDTR
Dog Handler Training Days - UKDTR
Dog Handler Training Days - UKDTR

Our Volunteer Teams Will:

  • Be trained/tested to make sure they meet our standards
  • Maintain a confidential log of live tracks followed as part of their skills development
  • Be motivated by finding the animal to end suffering or to locate the carcass and will NOT accept money for helping to track lost animals (other than motoring costs) and will be professional and discreet at all times. Handlers failing to act in this way will be removed from the volunteer list
  • If available, operate on a call-out basis for individual wounded deer including animals injured as a result of deer vehicle collisions
  • If available, be present for organised deer movement days or team shoots
  • Only track where permission for access has been given
  • Not carry a firearm unless specifically requested to do so and only in legal circumstances
  • Not use the tracking opportunity as a means to gain stalking rights on that land
  • Arrange for their own insurance but cannot be held responsible for incidents which were not of their own making or while under direction from a third party.

The UKDTR will from time to time arrange tracking events for members aimed at skills development.

Volunteer scheme membership is free.

Dog Handler Training Days - UKDTR

Want to be a UKTDR volunteer?

CONTACT US