Franco Angelini - K9 Bite Dr.

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.


Jerry Bradshaw - Tarheel Canine Training

Defense Table Work & Drive Capping Applications 

In this class, you will see how to use defense tables and drive capping to achieve improved K9 alerts, civil aggression, passive biting, targeting fundamentals, impulse control, as well as lay strong foundations for advanced exercises such as Building Searches, skills transitions, outs and stopped attacks (call-off).  We will also introduce the bungee table as an additional step in table work transition. 

John Brannon - Shallow Creek Kennels 

Running & Maintaining a Successful Canine Unit


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.

Brian Burdette & Dave Blosser

Basic Training Introduction and E-Collar Basics

Discuss basic commands, escape training versus avoidance training.
Covers the three action introduction which properly prepares a dog to understand electrical stimulation in training.

Scott Clark - High Drive K-9

“Building Search Deployments: Building a Street Beasts”

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.

Nick Cortes - Pennsylvania State Police

Hidden Compartments

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. 


Matt Devaney - CBP Canine Program

Narcotics related:

  • Recent Civil Actions Against Law Enforcement Based on Extending Detentions for Canine Sniffs

  • Defense Expert Witnesses and Tactics

  • Deployment Implications Post U.S. v. Jones

  • Future Implications For The Marijuana Trained Canine


Patrol Related:

  • Patrol Critical Incidents

    • McKay v. City of Hayward (CA Fatality after track)

    • James Boyd Shooting (Albuquerque)

    • Lee Hoogveldt Incident (Utah Face Bite)

    • Fidencio Duran Fatality (Albuquerque)

    • Phillip White Fatality (Vineland NJ)

    • Montgomery AL Fatality

    • St. Paul Accidental Bite

    • Maricopa County AZ (jail bite)

    • Lowry v. City of San Diego

  • Length of Engagement as a Liability Factor

Ricky Farley - Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Training Center

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. 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:  Why muzzle train?
Advantages to muzzle training are …
1. Combats equipment fixations
2. Enhances genetic fight drive
3. Safely re-enact any street scenario
4. Picture training – Showing the dogs different situations that are normal to us but abnormal to him.  Once your canine learns to not question what the agitator or agitators are doing or what they are wearing but is only to go do his job then we have a K-9 that will perform on the street.

This is a highly sought-after class for specialized K-9 Units throughout the world

K-9 Narcotics Detection

This class discusses the advantages and disadvantages of primary and secondary reward systems.

• Both passive & aggressive indications are discussed.
• Pros and cons of each along with modern training techniques used for training each.
• The true science of odor & how the atmospheric conditions play a role in the permeation of narcotic substances.
• Common mistakes made by handlers in both handling and maintaining canines.

Bradley Gillespie


Detection: "Train the odour not the sit"


Brad will speaks to fundamental principles of detection specific to working dogs in based on years of training and lessons learned.  He will speak to the fusion of fundamental training and its transfer to operational applications. (K9 teams don’t search boxes and walls for a living). Techniques for helping to generalize odour and reduce false positives will be discussed.



K9 Team Operational Optimization Training : “ Train the dog, Train the handler, Train the team”


Often in Police K9 training, the dog training occupies the vast majority or all of the training time. Training blocks are focussed on dog training / conditioning / behavioural issues and the rest of the team is left behind. Operational employment of a K9 team fundamentally is about decision making of the handler, conditioning of the dog and operationally relevant skill sets of the team. The key to complex and difficult situations is mastery of fundamental skills. Too often the term reality based training is used to represent training that has nothing to do with operational realities. Brad will discuss techniques to assess what the operational outcomes and objectives are and how to establish a training program that develops not only the dog, but the handler and the team.

Matt Godwin - DNA K9, LLC

Bridging foundational bite work into civil man aggression.

*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.

Jim Hagerty 

Use of Laser as a Directional Device


Explosive searches, Patrol Work including internal and external. Long range sends and transitions at a distance from one point to the next.


Starting a dog on Laser, equipment used and problem solving steps.

Paul Hammond - Vapor Wake K9 

Operational Based Explosive Dog Training & Importance of Search Intel 


A 2yr Advanced EDD study was conducted at VWK9 Academy, in which 100+ Police, Military and Private Sector EDD dog teams were tested on an operational based training and Intel gathering exercise.  This is a must-attend speaker session, where the results of the study are presented. This result of the study will not only surprise you but reinforce the significance of properly executed operational based training,  and how the use of task intelligence to prioritize the search is the number one factor for EDD team success during operational tasks.

Ray Herndon - Diamondback Training LLC 

Commercial Vehicles 

This course is designed to give the attendees a basic overview of how the trucking/transportation industry operates and provide them with the basic knowledge and confidence necessary to identify, apprehend and successfully prosecute those that exploit the industry for criminal gain.  It will primarily focus on commercial motor vehicle concealments, how to search by operating systems and the most efficient use of the K9 regarding CMV’s.

Danny Lane 

Report Writing, Record Keeping and Courtroom Testimony

A Handlers Perspective


The Report Writing, Record Keeping and Courtroom Testimonycourse will give handlers and supervisors a blueprint for all aspects of reports writing, proper record keeping and courtroom testimony. The course content has been reviewed and approved by current prosecutors, evaluating both wording and content, and has been developed over numerous years maintaining currency with our ever-changing profession. 


Departments and K9 teams spend endless hours preparing for street deployments but invest little time planning to improve record quality and/or preparing to defend incidents that result in court appearances.  


This course has been developed from the handler’s perspective, using real-life incidents, obtained from interviewing handlers regarding their experiences.  The outcomes depicted demonstrate best practices with positive results, as well as lessons learned where handlers and departments could have been better prepared.  The course will highlight associated risks and liabilities that handlers and departments will face, and how to ensure the proper mitigation planning is in place.   


At the course conclusion, handlers and departments will be equipped to improve legal defense readiness, through sound incident documentation / record-keeping techniques and courtroom testimony conduct.  The course provides options and guidance, not absolutes, through sharing real-life experiences.

Kenneth Licklider - Vohne Liche Kennels

Obedience to Odor

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.

James Ljunggren

Explosives Odor Imprinting and Post Blast Operations for the K9 Handler

This training program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge of explosive odor imprinting of detection canines with the correct energetic materials to enhance the effectiveness and capabilities of their canine teams. The training allows the handlers to understand the science involved and the ability to locate target odors during a canine search operation. This program also enhances the canine handler’s knowledge of how to search for and locate secondary devices in the post-blast area.

Stephen A. Mackenzie, Ph.D. ⠀⠀

Why Double Blind Training and Testing Are Important ⠀⠀

The class is important because it will discuss the 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.

Ryan Morris - Tripwire Operations Group

Explosive Materials Overview for the K9 Handler


Mr. Morris will cover the basics of energetic materials and will discuss best practices when dealing with the use of the same materials when training Explosive Detection K-9 assets as well as in an operational setting.

Jim O’Brien - NC K9 LLC 


Clear Communication without Conflict


Communicating with our canine partners properly in the foundational stages of training will help ensure we are limiting conflict in training and the relationship as a team. Jim will discuss many ways to work this into your training regimes from obedience, detection, and bite work.

Jason Purgason - Highland Canine Training

Detection for the 21st Century
A Modern Approach to Training Detection Dog Teams

Much has evolved in the way of training, handling and deploying detection dog teams in the 21st century.  Over the years new training and handling methods have been explored and developed with varying degrees of success.  Developing proven systems for training detection dogs and their handlers require us to take an objective look at the current methods and techniques that are being used and create effective plans for improving upon them.  This class will explore ways in which we will improve in both our handling and training of detection dogs.


Justin Rigney - K9 Services Unlimited




“Power Biting” is a combination of training techniques which has been systematically designed to enhance your K-9 partner’s bite, while greatly reducing the risk of injury during intense training for the dog as well as the decoy. There are many benefits to employing this system such as; increased depth and bite pressure, reduction/elimination of handler conflict, stops transfer bites, greater speed of entry, reflex response to pressure, improved targeting and tremendous cardiovascular conditioning.

Paul Shaughnessy - Excel K-9 Services, Inc.

K9 Selection, Imprinting, Search Patterns, Communications &

Full Overview of Starting & Finishing a Detection K9   
This class will include teaching the dog to conduct a productive search pattern during each deployment through the use of training aid placement. We cover the use of different, leashes, equipment, distractor odors / negative training aids. This is set up as an interactive powerpoint with videos, a question/answer time and a seven-page handout.

Don Slavik - United States Police Canine Association 

Air movement and its effects on Scent and Odor

 Law Enforcement Officers using canines as a locating tool should understand how air movement can affect human scent or odor from illicit drugs and explosives emanating from their source. This presentation discusses buildings, open areas, tracks, vehicles, and planes as examples of causes and effects of air influencing a canine search — with examples of behavior changes in dogs that are usually disregarded by handlers that are the scent or odor.

It is essential to understand the causes of air to move and how to adjust your search strategy for success.

Aaron Taylor - Ridgeside K9, LLC


“Monetize your passion and skill set”


How to turn your lifetime of service into revenue. 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?


John Howard & Dave Dourson - Kinetic Performance Dog Food

Feeding the Working K9 Overview
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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.


Eric Stanbro and Ted Summers - VanEssK9 & Torchlight K9

Building the Street Dog Through Scenarios
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The importance of doing various training scenarios to make your K9 partner street ready


Scott Dunlap & Brent Schoenfeldt 

K9 First Aid & More

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.

Howard Young

Building Your Dog in Order to Reach Maximum Potential


This course will cover everything from selection to tailoring your dog’s training to best meet the

high demands placed on law enforcement K9 teams. Every handler has specific strengths and

weaknesses, as do their K9 partners. The course includes discussions regarding a variety of training arrangements and exercises to enhance your dog’s working ability. Hard work and sustained effort are essential ingredients and but are fruitless if training is poorly designed or not practiced to fidelity. This course takes a deeper look into what makes some teams more

successful than others and aims to identify those elements and provide practical training

recommendations for the dual-purpose K9.

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