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Cadaver Dog Training

Water Rescue

Upcoming Workshops:

Be sure to add your email to our contact list to receive information about upcoming workshops.

Our Cadaver Dog Training Workshops are held on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The workshops are offered in cooperation with the Forensic Osteology Research Station and the Emergency and Disaster Management Program at WCU.

These land-based workshops allow participants to work search areas including grassy fields, mountainous terrain, urban environments, buildings, and vehicles. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition in the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST).

2019 Training Dates TBD

IMPORTANT:  All handlers must insure that k-9 immunization records are up to date and should bring copies of these documents with them.


Pet-friendly accommodations are available at the Quality Inn in nearby Sylva. Their number is 828-586-3315. New Pet-friendly rooms are also now available at the University Inn Motel (less than 5 minutes from campus). For reservations, please call 828-293-5442. ROOMS FILL QUICKLY DURING PEAK SEASON so please make your accommodation arrangements as soon as possible.

COTTAGES: (Seasonal Availability) - Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages offers our thirteen historic one and two bedroom cottages, in a lovely village setting, to WCU for their Cadaver Dog training programs.  All cottages are Fido-friendly, have fully outfitted eat-in kitchens, king beds, linens/towels/housekeeping, fresh roast organic coffee, privileges at Franklin Health and Fitness, wood burning fireplaces, and large covered porches with swings and rockers. Visit or call for reservations: 828-586-4329.

MEALS: Registration includes lunches

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