Police K-9 training should be practical and tactical. The team should work together and enhance each others safety. 

"We don't just train dogs, we train teams."

Training Course:                                   


Basic Handler Course - Our basic course is a minimum of 320 hours, but we understand that each handler and dog learns at a different pace. The K-9 teams will complete the course and certify when ready. The following information is covered in this course:

1.      Legal Update – Handlers are provided a thumb drive containing all current patrol related case decisions. As new cases surface we make a point to discuss the cases to be sure the handlers fully understand the courts view.  These discussions will also take place during scenario based training and decision making exercises.

2.       Safety Procedures – Handlers will receive this information on proper techniques to avoid injuries. They will have a clear understanding on how they can avoid being injured themselves, and how to avoid injuring the canine.

3.      K9 First Aid – We will cover general first aid and emergency first aid for the canine. We will recommend an extensive K9 first aid training. We have found that this type of training is hands down more effective than any other form of canine first aid. We will provide guidance and direction for a proper K9 first aid kit for the handler to have during all trainings and deployments.

4.    Working Obedience – The foundation to all training is obedience. Working obedience is what is applicable to law enforcement. We are not about the AKC competitive obedience style of training.  Although basics like this are important, the real life obedience is beyond valuable. The canine must be under control at all times and in all conditions. This is achieved through our proper training methods by current or past law enforcement handlers/trainers with nothing less than 10 years of actual experience. The teams will work on recognized obedience and tactical obedience in most scenarios. 

5.   Tracking – The methods of tracking must apply to the area for which the team is deployed to work.  Our training methods will be designed for the rural and urban area to achieve the greatest amount of success. We recognize that tracking is what is known as the “meat and potatoes” of the law enforcement canine team. We teach a lot of hands on tracking classes across the country and remain up to date on new methods to create even greater success.  The canine teams will come away with a solid foundation in tracking.

6.      Search Techniques – The most important part of searching is safety and recognition that the canine is in odor or scent.  As we train the handler in search techniques and patterns, we will also train the handler to recognize the indicators in his dog. These indicators can be very subtle, however our training techniques will teach the handler to not only see these indicators, but hear them as well. This will increase the team’s productivity and safety on the street. Our many years of combined experience will set us apart from others.

7.      Officer Protection – The canine partner is an added safety for the handler. When the team is trained properly, the canine will only respond to the handler’s request for assistance.  The teams will operate efficiently and the canine will not create a greater hazard to the handler.  One of the 7 deadly sins in canine is the belief that the dog will save their life. There are many scenarios we can provide for the canine team that will achieve the highest level of competency and understanding.  It will allow the handler to also make better decisions in his/her own protection and the protection of others. 

8.      Call-off/Call out – The case law decisions are very clear in this area.  The dog must respond to the verbal orders of the handler. This is accomplished with a solid foundation in working obedience. This is verified in certifications that will be conducted by outside evaluators to confirm training goals are being achieved.  The call off or re-call is one of the most important profiles to protect from liability.

9.      Person Detection – The canine team will have extensive training in the area of person detection.  This is covered extensively in search techniques and scenario based training.  The primary purpose of the police canine is a locating tool.  In many of the situations a bite may not take place, but the location of the suspect may be determined. We will include d-escalation techniques in these situations to avoid use of force when applicable. This will improve the handler’s decision making process and the force option the canine provides.

10.  Controlled Aggression and Bite Work – The aggression of a canine is mostly motivated through behaviors and drives.  The drive can dictate how a dog may respond to the handler and the situation.  In our training, we will identify the drives, behaviors and character traits of the canine. We will teach the handler to successfully recognize these behaviors and use them to their advantage. The control of these behaviors will always have a positive effect on bite work, search work and tracking through proper channeling of the behavior.

11.  Preparation of K9 Records and Reports – There are some systems available for agencies to maintain proper records.  One of the best systems we have found is the “KATZ” system created by Bob Eden and currently being updated.  Handlers are encouraged to maintain records throughout training and are provided guidance in proper documentation. These records are the most important step toward risk management.  We will also provide a working document that the handler can use for all use reports.  This report writing format is recommended by the best legal experts in the country regarding canine deployments.

12.  Scenario-based Training – This is the most overlooked area of canine training today in the United States. We will focus more effort on scenario based training.  During these scenarios we will achieve many of the other items listed above such as: search techniques, decision making, officer protection, person detection, bite work, controlled aggression and potential liability.  In addition, we will place the team into actual scenarios that other handlers have faced. We will then have the opportunity to discuss their decision and compare it to their own.

13.  Tactical K9 Training – There are many teams that deploy with S.W.A.T. teams.  It is important that teams train together, but more important for the dogs to train around and with teams.  This training can be done at many locations.  Our training facility offers a complete tactical training area complete with a viewing area from above.  This training is very important to us and a part of our regular and ongoing training.

14.  Working Agility – We conduct basic work related agility training. Our training consists of training the teams so they gain confidence in clearing fences and obstacles they may encounter in the field. This training helps to clear up any environmental issues a dog may suffer from, prior to working the street. 

 

15.  Vehicle/Car Control – Based on agency policy we will conduct basic and ongoing training in regards to car control. Recognizing this has a potential of high liability it is important for the dogs and handlers to understand their roles.

 

16.  Training Evaluation of Handler Teams – The agency will receive a monthly report in regards to each canine team and their performance. If an issue arises during training that we feel needs immediate attention, the unit supervisor or commander will be contacted.

 

17.  K9 Selection – We have dogs available for the agency to choose from and we will assist as needed in that selection. We also will accompany members of your agency to other vendors for K9 selection if requested. There will be an hourly rate for trainer’s time of $50.00 per hour.

 

           18. Boarding and Care – We do not board K9’s at our facility, but we
                  understand and will provide training in the importance of proper housing
                  and kenneling of the K9. We will assist as needed in selecting a quality
                  boarding facility.

     


Advanced Handler Course: This is a three-day course for handlers that have a minimum of one year working the streets with their K-9 partner. 
- Legal Update - A complete legal update in patrol, detection and tracking.
- Veterinary Care - A complete update on the latest health issues and proper care.
- Scenario-Based Training - The Police K-9 teams will train in a variety of environments with Sims and Air Soft weapons.  They will be evaluated in each scenario for both tactical and legal deployments. 


Supervisor/Commander Course:
K9 Legal Update
Supervisor Legal Update
Handler Selection
Problem Handler
K9 Selection
K9 Unit Pro's and Con's
Why K9 Units Fail
SWAT vs. K9 (Liability vs Reality)
Critical Incident Review
K9 Unit Record Keeping
Class Scenarios (A hands on approach)
K9 Deployment Review

Detection:

A.     Detection Training in the following areas:

1.  Narcotic Detection - is invaluable to all canine teams. The training will include various environments and weights. We will look for opportunities for the canine team to attend training with other units in other areas to gain a greater perspective and experience different training aids and environments. Narcotic detection can be an asset to the agency in additional forfeiture funds, but more importantly in getting narcotics off the streets.  We will provide proper training in this area again through our vast experience. We can provide the handler with the latest legal aspect and concerns as well, again limiting risk to the agency.

2.  E.O.D. – is a valuable asset to agencies who have venues that attract large crowds or businesses that may be potential targets for terrorist activities.    We maintain a complete E.O.D. training program and have currently trained new E.O.D. dog teams for several agencies. We maintain up to date training applications.


                   3.   Guns and Ammunition – Due to some current trends in California state
                     laws regarding narcotics, many agencies are moving toward gun and
                     ammunition detection.  This is a complete detection program in and of
                     its self and has become very valuable to many agencies we train. We
                     have trained two dogs for California Department of Justice for specific
                     gun detection.  The program has been very successful to date.

Decoy Course (Three-day course)
- Understanding and recognizing drives
- Proper agitation techniques
- Proper sleeve and suit presentation
- Muzzle agitation
- Understanding the Role you play

Tactical K-9 Training Course - Five-day course
- Actual scenarios are used to place K-9 teams into a tactical street environment
- Deploy, or not to deploy incidents
- Preparing the team for real-life street work
- Vehicle control and deployments
- Working in teams
- Proper room clearing   
Specialty Courses

Muzzle Training- the importance of proper training in the muzzle to build civil work and reduce deployment failures.

E-collar- a valuable tool when used properly, but when used incorrectly it can result in disaster.

Tracking
- we work hard surface, crushed vegetation and scent discrimination theories of tracking to help the dog team become more efficient and effective on the street no matter what the environment is.


Tactical Obedience - Obedience in a Tactical application for patrol- this course concentrates on street application obedience and no
t a sport obedience. We incorporate the basics, but we prepare the team for live fire drills and scenarios involving confrontation.