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2016 Police K-9 Conference Classes
Unraveling the Fundamental Misunderstandings and Misconceptions about Scent Training Aids: Why a good Pseudo is better than Real
What is odor? What does a K-9 actually smell within explosives, narcotics, firearms or cadaver? How does the nose work? Even with these unanswered questions, there is an institutionalized understanding that real materials make the best scent training aids for the imprinting and maintenance training of detector K-9s. However, recent findings from our laboratory and field data indicate that most of the shortcomings observed within the actions of operational detector K-9s (e.g., false alerts, ignoring large hides, generalization of items during detection) are actually caused by the use of these real materials, and of their misconceived, misconfigured analogues, as scent training aids (for example, real materials mixed with inert materials), and brings to question the viability of using these real materials as gold standards for their own detection.
Using scientific data, user videos, operational feedbacks, and client testimonials, this class will discuss the properties of real materials that can cause non-desirable shortcomings within detector K-9s, and provide insights on how the use of next generation chemically formulated training aids, CFTAs, (aka pseudo) can circumvent these problems, and provide detector K-9s with scent-and-detect capabilities that are superior to those of K-9s trained on real materials.
This is scent detection at its most fundamental, and presented in a way that brings a new understanding to the essential characteristics of ideal scent training aids, clarifying some of the misconceptions found in some published scientific papers and reports, and is a must-attend class for all active trainers and handlers!
Instructor: David AdeBimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem
Decoy and Bite Work
A brief introduction stressing the importance of proper decoy techniques and K-9 communication. Over the last 20 years, great strides have been taken in educating agencies and handlers in the benefits of well-trained decoys, but it is still commonplace for most to subject their K-9 partners to work with untrained agitators. Although those who volunteer to decoy are well intended, it is simply a “setup for failure.” Physical and physiological damage caused by untrained decoys are often irreversible and on occasion career ending, not to mention the danger of potential injury we often expose these untrained, well intended decoys to. A properly trained decoy is not only mechanically sound, but must also be well versed at recognizing size of stress. The role of the decoy is vitally important in the success or failure of any program.
Instructor: Franco Angelini
Bart Bellon® and the NePoPo® Training System
NePoPo® is the language of modern dog training. In NePoPo® system, the dog will always do the behavior he is asked to do, on cue, with heart and soul.
The NePoPo® system is palatable in every country as it is effective, politically correct, and humane. Bart Bellon will speak about the system he invented and for which he is known throughout the world.
Instructor: Bart Bellon
Tactical Obedience Training Methods
This is a new class building on last year’s introductory presentation. Through use of video examples and demonstrations, this class will discuss how to create a rock solid obedience foundation and explain the training progressions for tactical obedience skills that are used in police K-9 deployments. An extremely simple but effective reinforcement and punishment system will be discussed. The student will learn how to break down obedience routines and skills into component mini skills and how to master the proper reinforcement of these mini skills. A variety of methods will be explained including proper use of food reinforcement in the acquisition phase, using verbal and clicker markers, how to use toy rewards including a magnet ball system and a tug reward system, and how to blend the e-collar into the training process.
Instructors: Jerry Bradshaw & Sean Siggins strong>
Preparing Your K-9 for Combat
High Drive K-9 has created a course dealing with K-9 engagement issues relating to K-9 bite building and problem solving strategies. This course will help each handler to gain a better understanding of how to build, strengthen, and prepare K-9 teams for real life combat. During this course, you will be provided with advanced training techniques, exercises, and a tactical mental approach to succeed under the extreme stress you will face during a K-9 engagement. You will be instructed with a positive, open minded approach, providing you with all the necessary tools for success. This course dives into topics such as muzzles, hidden sleeves, ground fighting, and much more. This course will build and strengthen K-9 teams, preparing and providing them with the awareness and skills to perform at a combat level.
Instructor: Scott Clark
Boost Your K-9 Athlete’s Performance: K-9 Healthcare from Kennel Environment to Nutrition
In this class you will learn how what happens off duty can affect your dog’s performance on the street. We will discuss appropriate kennel management for working K-9s including the right cleaning schedules, cleaners, environments, and “watch outs” for your dog while in the kennel or a crate. Also, we will discuss easy fixes to improve a working k-9’s diet, when to feed, how to feed, and how to prevent diarrhea and common skin issues. After this class, you will know how you can improve his care with a few small changes to make him healthier, easy to get along with, and better at his job.
Instructors: Jill Cline, Phd & Rick Kesler, DVM
Perimeters and K-9 Search Team Tactics
The perimeter portion of the class will provide the student with instruction on how to contain and capture suspects who have fled to evade arrest by effectively establishing a perimeter, communicating tactical broadcasts during foot pursuits, the responsibilities of responding units, what the suspect is thinking, his tricks to evading arrest, perimeter management, as well as command and control. The goal is to increase your dog’s chances of getting out of the car and being utilized to search for outstanding suspects and increasing your dog’s find ratio.
The K-9 search team tactics portion will cover K-9 search team configurations (patrol, all K-9, SWAT), the individual K-9 search team member responsibilities, effective REAL WORLD K-9 search team tactics, and K-9 search tactics for yard to yard and building environments. The instructor will debrief actual K-9 incidents, and provide information that will enable you to provide teach backs for members of your own department or agency.
Instructor: Sergeant Mike Goosby
The Four Parts of K-9 Aggression Instinct and the Pack/Bonding Instinct
This class covers the 4 parts of K-9 aggression instincts. This is to simplify the many questions that handlers and trainers have in properly identifying aggression in their K-9 partners.
This class will assist them in identifying the aggression to assist them in the selection of future working dog applicants and to resolve current issues they may have relating to behavior dispositions.
Instructors: Tony Guzman & Robert Suarez
Developing a Reliable “Out”
The goal of every patrol canine training program is to produce dogs that will perform on the street under the most extreme levels of stress. In order to do this, we must have a program that is built on basic but highly effective training methodology.
One of the most problematic areas in canine training is the “out” or the release off the bite. This is in part due to the traditional approach of correction emphasized training. This approach will often cause conflict within the dog resulting in less than desirable behaviors on the street. Handlers begin to compensate for their dog’s inability to perform and thereby expose themselves to higher degrees of risk.
This class will discuss how to utilize basic canine learning theory to create efficiency in streamlining the release off the bite by the canine. By implementing an approach emphasizing a reward based philosophy, the dog will release with a higher degree of reliability when under stress.
Having an understanding of the dog’s drives and traits and knowing how to engage and manipulate the dog is imperative to condition the correct response for the street. Learn how to develop a reliable out with a comprehensive and eclectic training program that will ultimately condition a street worthy canine.
Instructor: Mark Haywood
Advanced K-9 Tactics Integration Course
This advanced K-9 tactics integration presentation is designed to expose the modern police service dog team to training and communication concepts enabling them to successfully integrate with members of a SWAT/tactical team. This presentation will explain the proper communication skills needed between the K-9 team, tactical operators and command staff, pre-deployment planning strategies involving tactical arrest teams, containment teams, entry team assignments, barricaded vehicle operations, hostage rescue operations and high risk area search missions.
This presentation will provide the canine handler contemporary canine integration techniques. These techniques will prepare the canine team and tactical operators for unplanned events during a variety of missions. The training and techniques discussed during the presentation, while designed for SWAT deployments, are applicable to all facets of K-9 deployments. The advanced K-9 tactics integration presentation will provide the training and techniques used to train and deploy a safer more reliable police service dog.
Instructors: Romeo Ingreso & Ernest Wolosewicz
K-9 Program Management
The K-9 program management class is designed for the working patrol/SWAT canine handler who is locating and apprehending suspects by means of a police service dog. This course will provide the canine handler with contemporary risk management reduction methods, addressing areas of training, documentation, and deployments. This course is instructed by staff with years of actual deployment experience who understand the complex nature of police service dog handling.
Instructors: Romeo Ingreso & Ernest Wolosewicz
Officer Involved Shootings
Officer involved shootings occur every day in the United States. Learn what makes controversial shootings, how your body reacts to stress, and how to survive physically, emotionally and legally. Having been in a shooting, Danny will teach from personal experience and the experience of dozens of officers he has debriefed or assisted.
Instructor: Danny King
Detector Dog Behavior
Ken Licklider has dedicated his entire life to the betterment of dog training. He is not just an ordinary dog trainer, but also a philosopher of canine behavior. Ken’s success in this profession has resulted in international acclaim. Ken will cover a variety of topics such as his theories on dog’s drives and character traits, how dogs learn, odor – what it is, odor contamination and imprintation, variable reward and why it’s important. Seminar content will also include: interior/exterior vehicle searches, search patterns: advantages & disadvantages, environmental factors, recognition of physical internal stress, problem solving: methods & distractions, enhancing response, storage & maintenance of training aids, and the importance of record keeping.
Instructor: Ken Licklider
Introduction to Improvised Explosive Formulations
This class will give an overview on precursor’s used in the formulation of peroxide based explosives, as well as a host of other energetic materials. Are you and your K-9 prepared for this threat?
Instructor: Ryan Morris
Bomb Technician Awareness
The bomb technician awareness class will give the attendee a better understanding of the tools and protocols utilized by bomb technicians. The opportunity to try on a bomb suit as well as learn about EOD/K-9 integration techniques will be covered.
Instructor: Ryan Morris
K-9 Healthwatch: Reading Your K-9 and Temperature Control
What signs to look for and when to take it seriously… Keeping your partner healthy is the best way to ensure a long, productive career. Dogs do not show obvious signs of pain or illness. We will examine how to read your partner for the subtle, non-verbal signs that something could be wrong. Be ready to identify the normal vs abnormal through actual case studies. We will also cover some of the more commonly diagnosed problems and what that means for your partner.
Heat related deaths were the number one cause of line of duty deaths (LODD) for working K-9s last year. Work with Dr. Newman to change this trend through proactive measures to control a K-9’s temperature. Learn how to read your partner’s symptoms, what is too hot and what is too cold. We will cover methods of taking a dog’s temperature and signs & symptoms corresponding with hyper/hypothermia. Field triage and treatment are becoming increasingly prevalent and necessary. In the time it takes to travel to an emergency room, your dog can suffer irreparable damage. We will review administration of subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids for prevention or treatment of hyperthermia.
Instructor: Dr. Alexis Newman
K-9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
Truth or Myth? Answering Common Concerns for Operational K-9s. We get a lot of similar questions from K-9 Handlers… Is it true that a chocolate chip cookie can make my dog sick? What is ‘Xylitol’ and can it really kill my dog? What really causes bloat? Should I withhold water from my dog to prevent GDV? Does my K-9 need to exercise to stay in shape? Are there ways I can prevent sports related injuries in my K-9? Also, this class will include a longer Q&A session to address your questions and concerns, so bring on your toughest questions – we’re ready to get down to the mystery of truth or myth!
Tactical Trauma Care for Operational K-9s. You hear the gunshot, followed by a squeal of pain from your K-9. When the sh*t hits the fan, what do you do next? This seminar teaches you both the knowledge and hands-on skills you need to make that decision and then take the best treatment action. Whether your K-9 is bleeding profusely or was stabbed in the chest, we’ll teach you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it with plenty of hands-on practice.
Instructors: Lee E. Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC & Jo-Anne Brenner
Detector Dog Selection Testing
With over 33 years of canine experience, Ken Pavlick owns and operates the highly successful Pacific Coast K9 facility which produces some of the most enthusiastic and energetic detector dogs in the industry. Pacific Coast K-9 has placed over 900 detector dogs throughout North America and the world in the last 10 years. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is Ken’s business. There is nothing worse than trying to train a detector dog that simply doesn’t have the correct drives and genetic makeup for this kind of work. Come listen and learn as Ken describes and thoroughly details tried-and-true methods of selecting the proper canines for detection work.
Instructor: Ken Pavlick
A dynamic and interactive class on the law affecting canine operations. Topics covered will include:
Session 1: A.M. Session
• 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Overview
• Vehicle Sniff Issues
• Tracking Evidence
• Use of Force in Deployment of K-9
• Pre-Deployment Warnings
• K-9 After the Legalization of Marijuana
Session 2: P.M. Session
• Mutual Aid Agreements Involving K-9
• Failure to Train Issues
• Supervisory Liability – Case Study: Campbell v City of Springboro
• Avoiding and Defending the Civil Lawsuit
• K-9 and Public Relations – Why It Matters
Instructor: John Peters, Attorney at Law
The Future of Detection Dog Training
An Examination of Methods for Creating Better Detection Dog Teams
In an age where illegal drug trafficking is at its all time high and smugglers are using state of the art equipment to mask their activities, it is important for law enforcement and government agencies to have the best available resources to assist in their drug interdiction efforts. Another harsh reality of our global society is that we are all faced with the ever increasing threat to physical security from acts of terrorism and as a result, explosives detection dog reliability is at its peak of demand. In addition, defense attorneys are learning progressively more about the operations of narcotics detection dogs and are learning new ways to defeat K-9 related cases.
This class takes an in-depth look at techniques and methods for improving the overall reliability of detection dogs. This class examines the steps of developing reliable detection dogs from imprinting through the processes of proofing and effective handling to eliminate many of the common problems faced by detection dog teams.
As a canine handler, one of our biggest concerns is not what contraband we are finding but what we are missing. This class will identify training methods and opportunities to greatly reduce what you and your dog leave on the streets. If you have ever questioned the capabilities of your detection dog, this is the class you must attend.
Instructor: Jason Purgason
Service Dog Procurement from 1970 into the 21st Century
Early importing for Police Service Selective breeding by country testing techniques, developing “Confrontational Behavior” and finished “Confrontational Behavior.”
Instructor: David Reaver
E-Collar: Off Leash Control and Canine Problem Solving
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the E-collar for the police service dog (PSD) and military working dog (MWD). The E-collar was originally designed to enhance already learned behavior with working canines, providing a means of communicating with the canine in an off-leash capacity. Although E-collar training is aversive in nature, the instruction provided will take great measures to instill the positive methods of dog training, providing proper introduction of the E-collar to the canine’s already known commands. This was how the E-collar was originally designed to be utilized. In the past, many police departments and military K-9 programs have misused the tool, leaving the untrained trainer/handler with a negative outlook on the device. The system used by Tactical K9 is one that was developed by the Los Angeles Police K-9 Platoon. The LAPD has utilized the E-collar for longer than any other police agency in the country. Over the years, coinciding with the E-collar’s development, methods have been fine tuned to provide the best industry methods for the E-collar’s introduction as well as advanced tactical canine training for law enforcement and military communities. This class will also cover problem solving issues that most frequently arise with police and military service dog teams. Topics will include: outing issues, search and ranging problems, handler canine conflicts, balancing the E-collar with conventional training methods, developing a solid shooting platform while working your canine, and other common problems.
Instructor: Doug Roller
Imprinting Scent Specific Tracking Dogs
This is a must see class in a long line of Jeff Schettler seminars since 1998. Jeff is the number one go to author/source for tracking/trailing work in the world today. No other training entity trains more tracking dogs than Georgia K9 NTC. Jeff’s scent specific tracking program is currently being taught for police, border patrol, and military groups throughout the USA and these NATO countries: Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Poland. This class is specifically designed to identify the qualities of a solid tracking dog and the imprinting stage of training necessary to create a top man hunter. If you want urban, street appropriate, tracking training that escapes the unrealistic, uncontaminated fields of traditional sport tracking, then this could be your best start possible.
Instructor: Jeff Schettler
Tactical Tracking: The Four Stages of the Proximity Alert, Learn Them and Live!
Do you hunt criminals with your tracking dog? The threat to police officers is worse now than ever before. The daily headlines seem to show a new story of an officer killed each and every day. Tracking work is the single most dangerous K-9 deployment possible. No other deployment produces more unknown variables than tracking. Similarly, no other deployment has produced more harm to handlers and their dogs than tracking. The simple reason is complete lack of proper training for closing the deal and reading the proximity alert. Jeff Schettler pioneered tactical tracking training in the United States with his first classes on the subject in the 1990’s. His course has been refined and has evolved into a practical process to make tactical tracking safer and the key to that process is learning the fours stages of the proximity alert. Jeff currently trains police departments throughout the world in this life saving program. He is also considered the #1 source for trailing and proximity alert training for our military.
Instructor: Jeff Schettler
Scent Detection Training
The goal of this training course is to give you, the handler, some insight of ways to condition your dog to conduct a productive search pattern through proper training aid placement. This class will also cover how to imprint and train dogs using the K-9 Behavior Shaping Device (K-9 BSD®).
Instructor: Paul Shaughnessy
High Risk K-9 Patrol Operations and K-9 SWAT Deployment – S.K.I.D.D.S./CATS
For those that have a misconception as to how beneficial K-9s 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 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.
Instructor: Brad Smith
Reality Based Detection Training
This reality based detection training class serves as an essential phase for the modern police K-9 handler in today’s training and deployments. The class will cover a five pronged approach to successful deployments in the following areas with masking agents: food distractors, animal odors, open areas, vehicle and changing environments.
Instructor: Rodney Spicer
K-9 Stress Inoculation Prior to Deployments
This reality based apprehension training class addresses stress and the effects caused by stressful encounters during actual deployments, Training exercises and how inoculating the K-9 to doses of stress through reality based training exercises will increase the K-9’s confidence and effectiveness in overcoming a greater challenge/fight. The course will also cover muzzle utilization, physical apprehensions, focus on the suspect and how to prepare for suspect opposition through proper training exercises. Actual deployments illustrating the importance and the benefits of stress inoculation training will be examined and discussed during the lecture and video presentation.
Instructor: Rodney Spicer
Transferring Bite Work to the Reality of the Street
This class looks at patrol dog aggression and real street bite issues. The class defines the “ideal” bite, highlights why dogs may not engage a suspect, and guides you through proven step-by-step training principles that transition the dog from training to reality. Having worked the street as a K-9 handler for 30 years, this instructor has lived the reality of the street. This class will present facts rather than theory.
Instructor: Steve Sprouse
Training to a Tactical Level
Brett breaks down almost every aspect of the K-9/SWAT world. From beginning of K-9 selection to deploying with a team. This presentation will benefit all patrol K-9 teams, SWAT operators and all levels of supervision.
Instructor: Brett Titus
Can You Recognize a Homemade Explosive (HME) Lab?
This class will provide the necessary information about HME labs in an effort to keep K-9 handlers safe when investigating a clandestine lab. The presentation will include current and emerging HME threats and go beyond the traditional discussions of peroxide-based explosives.
We will cover:
• Explosive fundamentals
• HME precursors
• Safe handling
• HME detection
• Distinguishing between HME production and narcotics processes
Instructors: Dr. Julie Wilkerson & Claire Rayburn
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