As part of our dedication to serving the families and communities of missing persons, we offer our annual Fall Canine Seminar to support our team as well as the greater search and rescue community. The seminar affords teams and canine handlers from across the country an opportunity to train under experts in the field, develop their skills as searchers, utilize the most up-to-date techniques and training aides available and certify as a team with their canines in accordance with national standards.


During this seminar, students and their K9’s will be challenged by both indoor and outdoor scenarios as well as some classroom instruction. The seminar is open to all levels of training, from new to the search and rescue field or a seasoned veteran, we welcome you to join us!


Please note that spaces are extremely limited. If you are unable to register please contact us at seminars@alphasar.org to be placed on the waiting list for your desired class.

Meals and lodging are included in the registration price. You may choose arrangements for your own meals and lodging if you do not wish to have meals or lodging at the camp.

Seminar Pricing

Single Handler + Canine Team


Seminar Observer


NASAR Certification | Member


NASAR Certification | Non-Member





Accommodations and food will be provided by Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, TX located just an from Houston in the beautiful East Texas piney woods.



Please use the following links for the best route to the camp. Cell signal can be spotty so please be sure to download the maps.


Certifications are limited to seminar participants only with a minimum number of openings. We will do our best to accommodate those wanting certification.


Be sure to check your disciplines’ prerequisites on the NASAR Certifications page before registering for the certification opportunity. The written test for those needing it, will be held on Thursday, and all field certifications will take place on Thursday before the seminar. Times and schedule are subject to change.


We are pleased to welcome these phenomenal instructors to the seminar. We hope that you will find their guidance and instruction helpful to your team’s skills and knowledge.

Instructors will plan itineraries to work with their class and individual handlers based on experience level. More details of class structure will be provided by instructors upon your arrival to seminar.

Chris Terpstra
Area Search Instructor
Matthew Kozma 
Area Search Instructor
Roy Lopez
Trailing Instructor
Dan Woodruff
Trailing Instructor
Darrin Niemeier
HRD Instructor
Chris Boyd
Trailing Instructor
Deb Hurlburt
HRD Instructor
Joe Hurlburt
HRD Instructor

SCHEDULE & check-in

This is a tentative schedule for the weekend, some times are subject to change. Please contact us if you need to arrange an alternate time to check-in. 

Please Follow Signs to Check-In
Certification Only: Thursday | 9 a.m.
Seminar Participants: Thursday | 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.


  • 9 a.m. Check-In


  • 2-4 p.m | 6-8 p.m. Check-In
  • 6 p.m. Dinner

All Day Training

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 6 p.m. Dinner
  • 7 p.m. Evening class
  • Evening Campfire

All Day Training

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Seminar Group Photo
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 6 p.m. Dinner
  • 7 p.m. Auction

Training Till 1 P.M.

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Training
  • Check out by 2 p.m.


Interested in becoming a volunteer for the seminar?


We thank you for your support
and generosity!

Thanks to our many generous sponsors for their donated items. We will have swag bags and auction items full of quality canine gear, search and rescue pack items, survival gear, and more! 

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