Brian Burdette *

Class: 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 *

Class: “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.


Bob Eden - KATS K9 Platinum*

Class: Managing Extreme Bite Behavior


In recent decades, law enforcement has seen an increase in the number of dogs brought into training that exhibit extreme resistance to the traditional methods of corrective training.  One major problem many agencies face is that of extreme bite behavior. The dog refuses to release a bite in training regardless of whether it be on a bite sleeve or a bite suit, resulting in the inability of the dog to pass certification and this issue often transforms to similar issues in street performance. These extended contacts by the dog result in extensive and sometimes unnecessary injury to suspects, which in turn increases officer, supervisory and agency liability.  As trainers, historically we have resorted to traditional corrective measures which often result in little or no solution, short term solutions, or often exacerbate the problem. This class will give you insight as to what is happening with the dog physiologically, and the internal conflicts the dog is dealing with that interferes with successful training, and options to overcome those conflicts. Understanding how hormones are affecting the dogs thinking and ability to perform, and how traditional training methods increase steroid hormones that exacerbate the issues will give you new insight as to how to overcome these significant training problems, build a better bond with your dog, and get the responsive performance you need out of your dog both in training and on the street in high stress situations.  This lecture dovetails into Eden’s K9 Learning Concepts and Problem Solving class and philosophies.



Ricky Farley - Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Training Center 

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. 


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

Paul Hammond - Vapor Wake K9*


Class: 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.


Class: Body-Worn Explosive Detection Canines


Understanding the difference between Traditional Explosive Detection Dogs, People Screening Dogs and Mass Pedestrian Screening. The threat of a body-worn explosive attack is current & real. The key is understanding the types of EDD used for body-worn detection, potential training shortfalls, and why their capabilities are imperative to determine effective use and deployment for their detection success. This informative presentation takes a detailed look at the various types of EDD’s, history and current K9industry advancements in body-worn explosive detection and provides a detailed look at Vapor Wake® detection canines, and their 18 month training process.


Bradley Gillespie *

​Class: 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.


James Ljunggren​ *

Class: 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.



Weird Science: A 12-Step Program


Class Description:

This class will cover the basic science of canine olfaction as it relates to detection work, what we've learned about maintaining training aids, and ways to enhance your training and operations. Handlers will learn specifically about:

  • Odor basics & K9 Olfaction

  • Factors that Affect Odor Availability and Odor Profiles

  • The balance between generalization and discrimination

  • Training aid handling, care, and contamination

  • Outcomes of Department of Defense K9 Studies​​


JC Richardson - Delmarva K9 *

Class: Patrol Mechanics*

Learn how to identify the needs for your patrol teams

Learn techniques on how to train for your geographical area

Learn training techniques to train the outs and recalls.

Learn when and when not to utilize the power of reward for patrol

Learn how adding stress into training will help you on the street

Justin Rigney - K9 Services Unlimited *

Class: Powerbiting 


“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 K9 Services


Class: K-9 Selection, Imprinting, Search Patterns, Communications & Full Overview of Starting & Finishing a Detection K-9   


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.



Howard Young - White Beard K9 Inc.


Class: 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. 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.


John Howard - Kinetic Performance Dog Food*


Class: 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 *


Class: Building the Street Dog Through Scenarios

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The importance of doing various training scenarios to make your K9 partner street ready



Todd Wilber ​ - Precision Explosives

Class: Primary explosives and HME explosive compounds and related safety.


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FINE TUNING THE TRAINED FINAL RESPONSE Leave this talk with an understanding of the dance between timing, criteria and rate of reinforcement and how your observation and mechanical skills are crucial to getting the behavior you want.


THE FOUR ‘D’S OF DETECTION WORK Incrementally increasing your distance, duration, difficulty and distraction in your search chain is as easy as a nursery rhyme. Leave this talk with concrete steps to develop training plans and scenarios to cement your detection work.



Course Topics:

Basic K9 exam and vital signs


Canine Individual First Aid Kit Contents - when and how to apply these contents in the field.


Canine CPR and when to use Narcan


Day 1 - Lecture


Day 2 - Hands-On


Michael Kmiecik *


Canine Legal Updates:  Patrol Dogs

 This block of instruction will focus on criminal and civil litigation related to police service patrol apprehension dogs.  Specific attention will be placed on use of force and current trends throughout the United States Court of Appeals.

 Canine Legal Updates:  Narcotic-contraband Detection Dogs

 This block of instruction will focus on criminal and civil litigation related to narcotic-contraband detection dogs.  Specific attention will be placed on current trends throughout The Supreme Court and The United States Court of Appeals.ca




Class: Odor Pays: This class covers the how to start dogs in detection work and use “Delayed Conditioning” which is the Key component of making odor higher value and the ONLY pathway to reward and reinforcement.  This class will cover the mechanics, communication and step by step method from starting and conditioning a dog on odor.  We will also cover how to maintain your dog and going even further to fully prepare you to meet the new higher levels of scrutiny and evaluations K9 teams face today.


Carlos Ramirez *


This course covers an instructional breakdown of operant and classical conditioning which is crucial for successful development. Carlos will discuss how to develop skills with proactive and reactive dogs through properly timed cues and markers that will help patrol dogs develop exceptional technique, grip and drive while explaining how to be your dog’s battle buddy rather than his enemy during bitework sessions. Carlos will also discuss how to evaluate your dog, establish a baseline, and develop a training plan to take both your handling and decoy techniques to the next level.


Doug Wannemacher *

Building search / Tactics 


Learning to modularly train building search from beginning to end including imprinting the alert behavior of human odor as well as teaching a consistent trained final response, all while incorporating tactics that will save lives.

Dave Wynne






This class is designed to identify numerous ways handlers can improve their tracking capabilities whilst tracking on operational deployments. This class will discuss line handling techniques, line pressure, reading your dogs indications on tracks, casting patterns, hard surface tracking, cross tracks, scent discrimination and much more. 

Brad Smith


High Risk K9 Patrol Operations and K9 SWAT Deployment - S.K.I.D.D.S. / CATS 


For those that have a misconception as to how beneficial K9’s can be in a high-risk patrol operation or to a SWAT team this class is for you.  We encourage all patrol officers, military, SWAT and supervisors to attend this class.  You will learn how to utilize your dog to find the suspect quicker, yet safer, while maintaining your tactical advantage and officer safety.  

We will discuss what to look for during your selection of a Tactical Patrol dog or SWAT dog as well as the handler.  Learn how a properly trained patrol dog and the handler can be utilized during a in a high-risk patrol deployment or SWAT operation when it comes to tracking, barricaded suspects, approaches, entries, blind corners, room clearing, hallways, stairs, attics, crawl spaces, vehicle assaults, arrest techniques and even in a gas environment.