Class: Decoy & Bite work
This course is designed for handlers or officers, young and old, experienced or not experienced. The Decoy Seminar is specifically designed to teach decoy techniques as it applies to law enforcement and military communities. This is not sport training! Ground fighting, civil agitation, and frontal body grip work are the key skills emphasized and needed in training reliable working dogs. A working knowledge of animal behavior and canine communication is also needed and covered.
Class: Officer Involved Shootings
60,211 police officers were assaulted in 2017. 2,677 were assaulted with a gun and approximately 260 officers were hit by gunfire. Learn what we know human limitations are in tense, high-stress, deadly circumstances, and how to better prepare for them.
Class: K9s in Court: Dealing With Legal Issues Pre-Trial through Appeal
Kimberly A. Metzger - Case Law
Your K9 partner’s job may be finished after the successful search or track, but your work is only beginning. A successful criminal prosecution requires LEOs to be an active part of the case as it makes its way through the court process. Knowing the “rules” and what to expect when you trade out the BDUs for your suit and tie will make you an effective tool against any legal challenge. This class will review procedural and evidentiary rules, current case law and emerging trends in search and seizure, with an emphasis on issues particular to the use of the K9.
Class: K9 First Aid & More
Scott Dunlap & Brent Schoenfeldt - Medic
Program participants will learn how to assess their K9 partner and basic K9 first aid. Basic assessments, bleeding control based on TCCC Guidelines, transporting the injured K9 and additional training considerations to take home to your department will be covered. K9 IFAKs and other needed materials will also be reviewed. The goal of this program is to make sure your K9 partner can be cared for in the field.
Class: Detection/Explosives “Train the Odour Not the Sit”
Bradley Gillespie - Canadian Police Canine Association
Techniques for helping to increase odour generalization and reduce false positives.
Class: Fueling Performance: Proper Nutrition to Enhance your K9’s Working Ability
Cory Nordin - Eukanuba/Royal Canin
What are the underlying nutrition and health issues that can help or hurt your dog’s performance in the field as well as shorten its career? What needs to be in a bag of food for top performance? Protein, fats and carbs, facts and myths. Working dog health issues and what the handler can do for them.
Class: Obedience to Odor
Kenneth Licklider - Vohne Liche Kennels
This class will take handlers deeper into why detection dogs do what they do. Ken will delve into what “drives” are and how they are utilized. The term obedient to odor refers to the dog understanding that odor drives the reward, not the handler. This fast pace class will cover everything from odor imprintation, to reward, to search patterns and the why’s behind each of these components of detection dog training. Not only is this class highly entertaining, but most of all, it is highly informative.
Class: Bridging Foundational Bite Work into Cvil Man Aggression
Matt Godwin - DNA K9 LLC
Live demonstration. Understanding the foundational training in the marking of behaviors then how to apply that on both traditional and non-traditional civil targets by utilizing hidden equipment, muzzles, gradual exposure to environmental/Man pressure and non-traditional presentations on the human form that will be seen on the street.
Class: Hidden Compartments - Vehicles
Current passenger vehicle concealment trends are taught, as well as techniques to identify indicators and items of interest which indicate a vehicle equipped with a hidden compartment. Students are taught to follow the indicators that lead to identifying the hidden compartment. Students will develop a greater awareness of hidden concealments and improve their search techniques.
Class: Tracking: The how and why of breaking your tracking into 5 levels
Cliff Samson - Canadian Police Canine Association
The how and why of breaking your tracking into five levels including: Rural, Urban, Residential, Hard surface, the Hunt.
Class: “Monetize your passion and skill set” How to turn your lifetime of service into revenue
Aaron Taylor - Ridgeside K9, LLC
Do you have a plan B? Are you prepared to leave law enforcement? Could you survive being kicked out of law enforcement? Do you have a side hustle? Do you know how to monetize and create revenue?
Class: Why Supplements are Needed for Your Feeding Program
Processed dog food is dead food. Your dog needs fresh, live amino acids and enzymes to truly have optimal health, vitality and more energy. Learn what you can do to achieve this with your dog.
Class: Muzzle Fighting
This class will start from the beginning on how to enhance your canine’s genetic fight drive through muzzle training. Teaching your dog that the fight is with the man and not the equipment will make for a much more reliable street ready partner. This is a highly sought-after class for specialized K9 Units throughout the world.
Class: Operational Based Explosive Dog Training & Importance of Search Intel
Paul Hammond - Vapor Wake K9
Class: Patrol Dog Operations
Dog selection: Impact on K9 team success or destruction
Focus: a clear sight picture in training vs real working scenarios.
Aggression: Building proper aggression for patrol work. How much can you handle? Controlling the “out” with strong dogs.
Class: Hidden Compartments - Commercial
James Eagleson - The 420 Group, LLC
This training is presented by experienced officers with years of successful interdiction resulting in the apprehension of some of America's worst.
The 4:20 Group is a global law enforcement training company that specializes in hidden compartments in all types of conveyances methods used by drug trafficking organizations. We will showcase the most recent and up-to-date concealment methods used on our nation's highways and back roads. This block of instruction will cover tractor-trailers, semi loads, motor coach buses, Recreation Vehicles, and box trucks. We will cover load indicators, natural voids, constructed and hydraulic compartments. Our staff will explain how to search each of these types of vehicles and what to look for. Interdiction is not a fishing expedition, we teach officers to channel their energy on what needs to be searched and to look for overwhelming indicators. Furthermore, we will cover officer safety and explain how K-9 handlers can be more effective when dealing with commercial vehicles.
Class: K9 Use of Force/Search Management - Taking the Bite out of Crime?
Dr. David “Lou” Ferland
This class provides Handlers, K9 Unit Supervisors, Trainers and Police Administrators with real-world solutions for properly managing a K9 Unit’s Use of Force. Topics presented: Policy and Deployment Issues − Where is the K9 Bite Headed − Positive and Negative K9 Unit Media Coverage − Search and Detector Dog Considerations − Social Media and Handler Comments − What the K9’s/Department did well − What the K9/Departments did WRONG − Training and Certifications − How to set up the perfect K9 Unit Public Relations Demonstration − Handler Retention and Reviews − K9 Unit Bite Ratios − Lessons learned from commenting on K9 cases across the Country. This dynamic, visual and entertaining presentation, will provide tools for properly supporting, managing and utilizing a K9 Team. Get the hard facts to manifest superior leadership before something horrible goes wrong.
Class: Feeding the Working K9 Overview
John Howard & Dave Dourson - Kinetic Performance Dog Food
Feeding the Working K9 is a fast paced, interactive class that teaches the student how to read a nutritional label, what to look for in key ingredients, how to tell a good working dog food from a bargain brand, how do minerals and vitamins get depleted in a K9, replenishing and recovery needs of a performance.
Class: Primary explosives and HME explosive compounds and related safety
Russ Hubbard & Todd Wilber - Odor Trace & Precision Explosives
This will include peroxide based threats and compositions. We will cover past, present and future threats, the means of building the explosives and the safe handling of the materials for training.
PE: allow teams to safely create compound odor associated with past, present and future threats and subsequently run the K9’s on the created compound threats.
Class: Basic Training Introduction and E-Collar Basics
We will discuss basic commands, escape training versus avoidance training.
Covers the three action introduction which properly prepares a dog to understand electrical stimulation in training.
Class: Table Top Aggression
Class: Building Search Deployments: "Building Street Beasts”
Scott Clark - High Drive K-9
High Drive K-9 has created an honest, explosive, disciplined class dealing solely with K-9 engagement issues, relating to K-9 Bite Building and Problem-Solving strategies dealing with building search deployments.
Class: Scent Training Aids: Why a Good Pseudo is Better than Real
Dr. David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem - ScentLogix
Class: K9 Selection - A Full Overview of Starting & Finishing a Detection K9
Paul Shaughnessy - Excel K9 Services
This course will give handlers some insight on ways to condition your dog to conduct a productive search pattern through the use of training aid placement. This presentation will cover: Selection of the detection dog, Imprinting the detection dog, Creating productive search pattern during each deployment, the use of different, leashes, equipment, distractor odors / negative training aids. The class includes lecture, video & handouts.
Class: Building Proper Aggression for Patrol Work
This class will discuss building proper aggression for patrol work. How much can you handle? And controlling the “out” with strong dogs.
Class: What Does it Take to Make a Street Worthy Police K9
JC Richardson - Delmarva K9
This class is designed to assist the K9 Teams to move past the normal and advance into the world of no equipment. Utilizing scenario-based training to your advantage. We discuss the importance and the selection process for a new K9. We will discuss the advantages/disadvantages to using visible equipment and normal training areas. Using muzzle work and hidden equipment to further the dogs. Teaching the dogs to engage at a high level when the stress is on and problem solving for the streets.
Class: Managing Today's Canine Unit
John Brannon - Shallow Creek Kennels
This block of instruction is designed to assist anyone working within the professional police canine field. Topics discussed will enhance the knowledge of individuals wishing to start a new unit or expand an existing one. Budgetary and equipment acquisition along with personnel and animal selection will also be covered. Learn how to protect your personal and agency’s liability through detailed documentation and record retention. Use business demonstrations and the media to achieve agency and unit goals.
Class: Building the Street Dog Through Scenarios
Eric Stanbro and Ted Summers - VanEssK9 & Torchlight K9
The importance of doing various training scenarios to make your K9 partner street ready.
Class: Why Double Blind Training and Testing Are Important
Stephen A. Mackenzie, Ph.D.
The class is important because it will discuss methods and theories behind double blind testing and why it’s important to be trained and tested. This is one of the major things that K9 Officers have been challenged on in court.
Class: Scenario Based Training for Patrol and Detection K9s
Jim O’Brien - NC K9 LLC
Jim will explain the importance of scenario based training in your training regimen. This class will give handlers ideas on how to show your dog the same pictures they will see in the street. If your canine has not seen multiple varied scenarios, the chances of being successful in unknown areas is greatly decreased. Finding holes in your training program will create confidence in both the handler and the canine. Scenarios will be addressed for both Patrol and Detection applications.
Class: K9 Narcotics Detection
This class discusses advantages and disadvantages of primary and secondary reward systems. Both passive and aggressive indications are discussed. Pros and cons of each along with modern training techniques used for training both. The true science of odor and how the atmospheric conditions play a role in permeation of narcotic substances. Common mistakes made by handlers in both handling and maintaining canines. Techniques to handling that are considered to be counterproductive to street applications.
Class: Scenario Based Training: Pitfalls and Deep Practice in Creating Street Ready K9s
Jerry Bradshaw - Tarheel Canine Training
Patrol Training is the only discipline in dual purpose K9 work where we cannot replicate in training what we ask the dog to do in real life, which is take a real/live bite in a highly charged often life and death situation. In this class we will discuss many avenues to creating the habit of engagement so that we reduce the likelihood of dogs failing to engage street apprehensions. We will discuss why no single training approach is the answer, no one K9 temperament selection will yield the answer, and how we can create a critical mix of approaches in a scenario based training format that will yield a very high probability of engagement. We will discuss civil agitation, muzzle work, bite suit, hidden equipment (sleeve/suit), primary and secondary targeting, and how poor preparation for certification, poor role playing in training, failure to concentrate on foundation of grip/power in biting, and overuse of muzzle work can often be the reasons you are preventing your dog from making an engagement he may otherwise have not failed.
Class: The Chemistry of Odor and Odor Detection
Dr. Lauryn E. DeGreeff
In this class, intended for the dog handler/trainer, odor will be described on a molecular level as it relates to the detection of a target. This will include the basics of odor development from an odor source into an odor plume that is detectable by the dog. We will describe how odor emanates from a target object and how the dog might perceive this odor. We will then discuss the variety of factors that affect how the dog experiences the target odor, such as target mass versus odor quantity, differences between manufacturers, changes with time and environmental conditions, challenges related to wrapping and burial. Factors affecting odor availability and methods to prevent contamination of training materials will also be covered.