BASIC K9 HANDLER SCHOOL
Our basic course is a minimum of 320 hours, however, 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:
K9 Legal Updates
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.
Handlers will learn 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 during training routines.
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
Working and Tactical Obedience
The foundation to all training is obedience. Working obedience is what is applicable to law enforcement. We are not about AKC competitive obedience style of training. Although basics like this are important, real life obedience is invaluable for the working environment. The canine must be under control at all times and in all conditions. This is achieved through training methods conducted by our law enforcement experienced instructor teams. The teams will work on recognized obedience and tactical obedience during scenario based training.
The methods of tracking must apply to the area for which the team is deployed to work. Our training methods are designed for the rural and urban deployments 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 our hands on tracking classes across the country and remain up to date on new methods to create even greater success. Your canine teams will hit the streets with a strong solid foundation in tracking.
The most important part of searching is safety and recognition by the handlers that the dog 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 recognize these indicators and interpret them to bring their deployments to a successful conclusion. This will increase the team’s productivity and safety on the street. Our many years of combined experience set us apart from others.
The canine partner provides added safety for the handler. When the team is properly trained, the canine will 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, and this is not reality in real 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, understanding when it is appropriate to deploy the dog given certain circumstances.
Call Off / Call Out
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 and subsequently 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 needed to protect you and your agency from liability.
The canine team will have extensive training in the area of locating suspects. This is covered extensively in search techniques and scenario based training. The primary purpose of the police canine is that of a locating tool. In many situations the location of the suspect can be pinpointed by the dog and in many cases physical contact by the dog may not be required. We introduce de-escalation techniques in these situations to avoid use of force when applicable. This improves the handler’s decision making process regarding the force option the canine provides.
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 “KATS” K9 Activity Tracking System created by Eden Consulting Group. 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 also provide a working document 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.
Scenario Based Training
One of the most overlooked areas of canine training today in the United States is scenario based training with an emphasis on decision making. We focus more effort on scenario based training. During these scenarios we introduce many facets of the training profiles listed above such as: search techniques, decision making, officer protection, suspect detection, bite work, controlled aggression and potential liability. In addition, we place the team into actual scenarios that other handlers have faced in real live deployments. Training results are discussed with an emphasis on decision making.
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 clearup any environmental issues a dog may suffer from prior to working the street.
Vehicle / Car Control
Based on your agency policy, we 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.
Training Evaluation of Handler Teams
The agency will receive a monthly report in regards to each canine team and their performance during the training program. If an issue arises during training that we feel needs immediate attention, the unit supervisor or commander will be contacted.
We have dogs available for your agency to choose from and we will assist as needed in that selection. We will also accompany members of your agency to other vendors for K9 selection if requested. There will be an hourly rate for the trainer’s time of $50.00 per hour.