Email: toppdog97@yahoo.com
Phone: 209-531-5961
Police K-9 training should be practical and tactical. The team should work together and enhance each others safety. 

"We train teams, not just dogs."


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:

- History of Police Dogs - Where they started and how we got to the present day uses.
- K-9's senses - How the eyes see, how the nose smells, and how the ears hear. 
- Character Traits -
Learn to recognize the various traits that we find in our K-9's.
- Various Drives -  How these drives affect our training and deployments.   
- Care and Feeding - Proper feeding, grooming and health.
- Legal Aspects - From Graham vs. Conner to the latest case decision.
- Report writing - Proper documentation of deployments, complete with a report writing format.
- Building Search - Tactical deployment of our K-9's from the first day of training to certification.
- Area Search -The tactical approach to doing an area search and proper perimeters.
- Obedience Training - This is street-ready tactical obedience for top performance.
- Detection - Teams are trained for detection in all environments.
- Deploy or not to Deploy - The K-9 teams will be placed in a variety of deployment situations and must
    determine whether they should deploy or not.


 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: This course will provide the supervisor or commander a complete check list of things to consider to enhance their new, or current K-9 unit. 

Enhancing Your Budget - How to build a budget and enhance it with optional funding. 

Policy and Reviews - Identify what is needed in a policy, and what is not. Also the importance of annual reviews to ensure updated information.

Handler Selection and Field Training Program - A complete selection criteria for handler and dog. The creation of a Field Training Program for the new handler.
K9 Unit Supervisor (More then just a Title) - We recognize that many new unit supervisors and commanders have no K-9 experience. This class is to help them grasp a complete understanding of their new title.

Liability Update - A legal update of all areas of K-9 and a discussion of the pending concerns.

Use Reports and Reviews - A report writing format that will help with thorough documentation.

Critical Incident Scenario Debrief - We will go over some serious critical incidents and debrief what was good, and what went wrong.
K9 Character Traits - We want to help supervisors and commanders to understand the character traits in dogs. The understanding of these traits may help to identify red-flags in K-9 teams. 
Drives and Training - A complete list of drives is provided with with an explanation on how they apply to our training.     

 

Detection:
We also provide Detection courses designed for what you need.  These courses are from the basic to the advanced. Maintenance training is also available for you.

 
Basic to Advanced Detection
- Case law
- Drives
- Scent Theory
- Environmental
- Open Area
- Vehicle
- Building
- Luggage
- Parcel
- Proper lead handling and detailing

Decoy Course (Two-day course)
- Understanding and recognizing drives
- Proper agitation techniques
- Proper sleeve and suit presentation
- Muzzle agitation

Practical K-9 Training Course - three-day course
- Actual scenarios are used to place K-9 teams into a street environment
- Deploy, or not to deploy incidents
- Preparing the team for real-life street work
- Vehicle control and deployments
    
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 not a sport obedience. We incorporate the basics, but we prepare the team for live fire drills and scenarios involving confrontation.