Interested applicants should contact NDSD’s membership coordinator to begin the application process. Please send an email to, noting your interest in applying. In your email, please mention whether you would like to join as a canine handler or as a support person.

If you are interested in what we are doing we welcome you to join our open observation day on each third Saturday of the month, from there we will place your name on a list to be contacted when we open the application process back up. Thank you for your patience.

Orientation session

dragonAn orientation session is held about every six months to describe NDSD’s mission, training, and expectations to interested persons. At that session, those who would like to apply for membership will fill out an NDSD application, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management Worker application and Pierce County Sheriff background check. NDSD’s Board will then consider all applicants and invite those who are qualified to an interview and canine testing, as appropriate. The interview and canine testing will generally be held within a few weeks of the orientation session.

Applications are reviewed by the Board

If it is determined by the Board that the match between NDSD and the applicant appears to be promising, the applicant may then join as a Candidate Member, paying initial dues of $25 for their first year. Following a six-month probationary period during which the member must attend 90% of regularly scheduled NDSD training and meetings, the entire membership of NDSD will vote on acceptance to Full Member. Acceptance will be based on the attitude and work ethic of the handler, as well as the progress and potential of the dog. If you think NDSD is for you, we’d be glad to have you apply! Click here for the NDSD Application Form (PDF document) getacroUsually the reader is already installed, so try clicking on the link for the PDF-formatted document above. If you to do not get something intelligible, then you’ll need the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view and print it. Download a free reader now.