Urban Search and Rescue/Recovery K-9's must undergo extensive training above and beyond the basic wilderness search training that all KERT K-9's receive.  From climbing ladders to negotiating unstable surfaces, all KERT USAR K-9's must meet or exceed standards that are equivalent to those used by state task forces all over the country.

KERT USAR handlers also must receive specialized training in areas such as structural collapse, confined spaces and ropes rescue.  KERT has the only handlers in Wisconsin that have actual K-9 disaster search experience; these handlers have deployed with their dogs on seven different disaster incidents in four states.