WBR International Dog School

The WBR International Dog School is a four day training program open to all Avalanche Rescue K-9 teams. The school is held every odd-numbered year in January in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The WBR International Dog School is the oldest school of its kind in the United States.

The instructors represent some of the most experienced and highly regarded avalanche rescue programs in the world. These programs include Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, Swiss Alpine Club, Alaska SAR dogs, and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.

Field and Classroom sessions are held at Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts. The WBR International Dog School caters to rescue teams of all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and methods with peer rescue teams from areas throughout the US.



Applications will be accepted for the 2022 International Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dog School in fall of 2021.

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is postponing the 2021 International Rescue Dog School. After several meetings and scenario plannings, the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue leadership team has decided to postpone the WBR International Rescue Dog School until 2022. While this was not an easy decision, we believe it is the right thing to do amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-2021 ski season. 
The WBR International Rescue Dog School will be rescheduled for 2022.

We look forward to working with you next season.

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In fall of 2021 we will take applications for the 2022 WBR International Rescue Dog School. Download and fill out the application here.

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