2021 class descriptions coming soon!

Jerry Bradshaw - Tarheel K9 Training 

Class: 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 

Class: Canine Police Worn Body Cameras Going Viral in a Good Way


This class is structured to assist members of the modern canine unit from policy makers to new handlers. Instruction will be offered in training concepts and methods to make BWC evidence more efficient and effective. Trends in how BWC evidence is utilized and stored will be covered as well as best practices and policy. Even if you’re not wearing a BWC now you’re still being recorded.


Brian Burdette & Dave Blosser

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.


Mark Carr - Tydewater Strategic Services LLC 


Class: Officer Involved Shootings and Dealing with PTSD

This class will explore the personal and professional stressors of being involved in Law Enforcement Critical Incidents and dealing with the lasting effects after the incident is all over and forgotten by others.

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.

Nick Cortes - Pennsylvania State Police

Class: 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


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

Daniel Gumm - Wichita Police Department

Class: K9 Rooster – A Critical Incident Debriefing

On 3-17-2017 Officer Gumm was involved in a K9 apprehension that led to both the suspect and the K9 being killed. Gumm will discuss the event from start to finish, including 911 audio and body worn camera footage. Gumm will also cover the incident from the point of view of other officers involved, and lessons learned.


Jim Hagerty - ATF SRT K9 Trainer


Class: 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


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 industry advancements in body-worn explosive detection and provides a detailed look at Vapor Wake® detection canines, and their 18 month training process.


Ray Herndon - Diamondback Training LLC

Class: 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.

Bradley Gillespie

Class: 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.

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.

Danny Parker - Vohne Liche Kennels

Class: 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​

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.

Stephen A. Mackenzie, Ph.D. ⠀⠀

Class: Why Double Blind Training and Testing Are Important ⠀⠀⠀

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.



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

Ryan Morris - Tripwire Operations Group

Class: Explosive Materials Overview for the K-9 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.

Cory Nordin - Eukanuba

Class: Performance Health and Nutrition

Maximizing your K9’s ability to do their job now and in the future. Includes one on one consultations as well as Q&A for your specific needs.

Jim O’Brien - NC K9 LLC 


Class: 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

Class: 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.

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

Class: Scent Theory for Tracking, Trailing and Detection


What is Scent

Where did it come from

Understanding how scent moves

Understanding scent vs environments

Learn and understand how each dog is different in relation to Scent

Learn the capabilities of different dog breeds when trying to locate scent

Learn how to maximize the teams performance when it comes to tracking trailing and detection


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 K-9 Services, Inc.

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.


Don Slavik - Executive Director - United States Police Canine Association


Class: 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

Class: “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? 


Mark Wynn - Boulder Creek Performance K9 LLC 

Class: Common Mistakes in Manhunting - Training to Find the Man, Not Excuses

Learn how to increase your street find percentages by adjusting your and your units training to start making the street finds that you have been missing. This class will cover the most common mistakes that we all have made and still make at times. Also learn how applying semi-known and unknown training tracks/trails can help, along with understanding the suspects scent at the end of the track/trail, how to work through that to the end making the apprehension/find.

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 & Dave Dourson - 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

Scott Dunlap & Brent Schoenfeldt - Medic

Class: 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.

Danny Lane & Frank Reda

Class: Report Writing, Record Keeping and Courtroom Testimony

A Handlers Perspective


The Report Writing, Record Keeping and Courtroom Testimony course 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.


Todd Wilber & Paul Orcutt - Precision Explosives

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

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. ⠀

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Marty Mahon & Britt Elmore - Trident K9

Class: K9 Management & Supervisor Course

This is a course involving the administrative and supervision side of effectively running a K9 Unit. The course will cover Handler and K9 Selection and purchasing K9s from Vendors. The cover will also discuss K9 Unit Policies and Procedures, Fair Labor Standards Act and Record Keeping. Whether you are a direct supervisor, a trainer or an administrator, effective K9 supervision is a must for a productive K9 Unit.



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