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Utah POST K-9 Program: Patrol Dog Training

May 2 - June 23

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Click on the the Inquiry-Registration Packet link below or Contact Sgt. Wendell Nope via email at wnope@utah.gov or cell phone 801-209-5790.

K-9 Program Inquiry-Registration

In-Service Training – K-9 Program

General Information:

The K-9 Program provides training and POST certification for Patrol, Narcotics, Cadaver, Explosives, SWAT, Search/Rescue, or Tracking/Trailing Dogs.  Training and certification standards are Reality -Based.  Handlers, Instructors, and Judges are trained simultaneously within each scheduled course.  Handler, Instructor, or Judge certifications are offered.  Courses are 8 weeks duration.  Dormitory rooms and an on-site kennel are available. No tuition is required for Utah officers.


A training course for K-9’s, Handlers, Instructors, and Judges of Patrol Dogs. The curriculum is founded in Reality-Based training concepts and includes in-depth instruction for Handlers training their own Patrol Dogs, Instructors training Patrol Dogs or Handlers, and Judges training Patrol Dogs, Handlers, or Instructors and also evaluating/certifying Dogs, Handlers, and Instructors. Handlers are supervised closely as they train their own dogs, with the intent that the Handlers may be autonomous upon graduation. Instructors are supervised closely as they train Handlers and Patrol Dogs, providing considerable “student teaching” opportunities. Judges are supervised closely as they evaluate Patrol Dogs, Handlers, and Instructors throughout the course. All three skill levels are taught simultaneously via an innovative “Tiered Skill Level” training environment. Considerable time is spent in report writing and preparation for criminal/civil court testimony. Certification may be acquired in each of these skill-sets via Single-Blind examinations. The Handler may choose to train his/her Patrol Dog in either the Detaining concepts, Handler Control concepts, or may teach both skills to the same Dog. This new protocol is intended to provide a wider variety of options for Agencies and Officers in their Patrol Dog applications.


May 2
June 23


Utah POST K-9 Program


Salt Lake City, UT