Utah POST K-9 Program: Patrol Dog Training
January 23 - March 16
Handlers, Instructors and Judges are trained concurrently during this course, although only one skill level may be enrolled in at a time. During Patrol Dog training either or both of the two most common K-9 “capture” philosophies, FIND/BITE and FIND/BARK, may be taught (at the Handler’s option) to the same dog. The POST K-9 Program also teaches the DISENGAGE (shut-down) behavior to all Patrol Dogs, offering a “fail-safe” option in exigent circumstances. K-9 skills taught include: tracking/trailing of suspects/victims, criminal evidence recovery with a passive indication that does not contaminate the evidentiary value, obedience/agility and criminal apprehension. Dogs are also taught to discriminate between a fleeing or hostile suspect and a surrendering or innocent person.
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.