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Classes for LAST YEAR’S EVENT, January 2017

Six Steps to Successful Canine Scent Detection – Roger Abrantes, PhD

From the acquisition of indication behavior (alert) to the identification of a location with a masked target scent, all steps are clearly shown and explained in video clips and illustrations. A new and highly efficient approach to animal assisted scent detection.  Test handlers and dogs (and Guinea pigs) pass the final double blind tests after 16 hours of training over a four day period.

A Scentific Look at Scent Training Aids – David Adebimpe

Against the backdrop of an institutionalized understanding that real materials make the best scent-training aids for the imprinting and maintenance-training of detector K9’s, recent findings propose that most of the shortcomings observed within the actions of operational detector K9s (e.g., false alerts, ignoring large hides, generalization of items during detection) are actually caused by the use of these real materials and their analogues (real materials mixed with inert materials) as scent-training aids.

Using scientific data, videos, operational feedbacks and testimonials, this class will discuss the properties of real materials that can cause these shortcomings, and provide insights on how the use of next-generation chemically formulated training aids, CFTA’s, (aka pseudos) can circumvent these problems, and provide detector K9’s of scent-and-detect capabilities that are superior to those of K9’s 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!

Supervision of a K9 Unit – Chris Bertoli & Marty Mahon

Quick Dog Food Fixes that can Improve Performance – Jill Cline, PhD, Royal Canin

Does your dog have loose stool? Itchy skin? Over heat really fast? This class will help you learn how simple changes to your dog’s diet or meal time will prevent diarrhea, decrease the risk for bloat, and other frustrating food related issues like chronic ear or skin infections.  In addition, you will learn how incorporating certain nutrients into the diet during training will improve stamina, heat intolerance and cognition in your K9 to improve overall working ability for both detection and patrol.

Narcotic Canine Search & Seizure Legal Update – Ted Daus

Preparing the handler for Court Testimony & Updates of new laws
Important questions to ask at the outset of the investigation
Formulation of accurate, clear and concise notes
Objective testimony with maximum impact

Criminal Patrol/Hidden Compartments – Eddie Dutchover & Danny Nunez

Trends of smuggling in large quantities on the highway
Learn the new trends of the smugglers
Identify smuggling compartments on vehicles
How to deploy the K9 team on the highways

Understanding the K9 Olfactory – Mel English

Learn how the movement of air & scent is processed in the K9 mind
Discussion of airflow & aerodynamics of the K9 nose
Working with your Vet to maintain your dog’s primary weapon
Insight on why it’s important to expose your K9 to different levels
Recognize problems with odor before they become a problem

Chemistry of Scent – Ken Furton, PhD

Identification of dominant odor chemicals emanating from source targets for use in developing optimal training aid combinations and mimics for K9 detection training.
Expanding forensic means to investigate K9 scent discrimination
Surveying organic compounds used in training aids
Match-No Match thresholds in relation to training

K9 First Aid – Bill Grant, DVM

Recognizing what is an emergency
Providing emergency life support
Handling sudden illness
Wounds and bleeding
Overdose and counter procedures

Parcel Interdiction – Rob Havice

Interdiction of Drugs & Currency
Utilize investigative and knock and talk and consensual encounter techniques to initiate investigations.
Identify the need for interdiction programs and what types would be most appropriate for individual jurisdictions.
Identify required sources and equipment for a domestic IP.

Vehicle Hidden Compartments – James Hugar and Raphael Vega

Trends of smuggling in large quantities on the highway
Learn the new trends of the smugglers
Identify smuggling compartments on vehicles
How to deploy the K9 team on the highways

Advanced Tactics for the Patrol K9 Handler – Romeo Ingreso and Ernest Wolosewicz

The class is designed for the K9 handler deploying in a patrol environment.  It will include discussion on practical techniques as well as pre-deployment concerns, search deployment tactics and strategies, arrest team tactics, contingency planning and post deployment actions.  This presentation is designed to prepare the K9 handler for the most complex and demanding deployments.

Leadership Challenges in teh K9 Unit – Bill Lewis

Open forum discussion to identify administrative issues resulting in lawsuits
Know when to send your K9 into a building
Know how to minimize your liabilities
How to protect your K9 teams from lawsuits
Shared suggestions based on lessons learned by attendees

EOD K9 Training in Theory (What Dogs Need) – Ken Licklider

Comprehensive overview of what and why a detector dog does what he does.
The breakdown of the needs of a detector dog and the mistakes that are made by both new and experienced handles and trainers.

K9 Aggression in the Training Environment – Robert Lukason

K9 case study reviews of K9 aggression in the ‘training enviornment’.  This class provides an individual or group an activity that goes on over the duration of the class, resulting in a ‘collective’ solution, protocols, and techniques to address discussed behaviors identified by the participants.  Classroom participation of various ‘Aggressive Dog’ problems by viewing a videotimeline, milestones, and other aspects of the case study allow the students to hear multiple solutions to a given issue, as every canine/canine issue is different.

The classroom ‘participation’ format provides an environment that can be used to help students improve their problem-solving, develop their k9 instructional ‘Tool-Box’, and build on their own previous work experiences.

The ‘Trinity’ of Suspect Apprehension…Patrol, Air Support, and K9! – Joe Oberding

We’ll discuss how to effectively integrate Air Support during K9 and other tactical based missions.  We’ll talk about when Air Support should be requested, what information they’ll need while en route, what to expect once they are on scene, and how all three components of suspect apprehension become exponentially effective when they are working together with the common goals of officer safety and suspect apprehension at the foresight.  Finally, we’ll talk about setting up perimeters, suspect psychology, and current suspect trends.

This is a good class for Handlers of smaller agencies who utilize Air Support from other jurisdictions, for Supervisors who are responsible for requesting and managing resources during dynamic or high-risk calls for service, and for anyone who is required to provide in-service training on these topics to their Department’s officers.

Crystal Meth / Drug Trends Update – Robert Pennal

Narco Culture – Nick Ramos

Narcotic Culture in Mexico, Central America & South America
How to stay safe during high risk searche
Learn the use of concealment measures used by cartels
How cartels are organized, run & operated
Understanding & recognizing tactics used by cartels
Military and Police organizations & their part in the cartels

Tactical Training and Advanced E-Collar – Doug Roller

When and when not to use the E collar
How to use the E collar
When the use of the E collar is not appropriate
How K9s respond to the E collar both positive and negative
Tactical advantages of using the E collar

EDD Team Training Issues and Solutions – Frank Romano

A breakdown of Training & Deployment Issues with Solutions
Training aid issues
Building a great training program
Real world deployments vs the way you train

Fundraising and Promoting K9 Units – Shawn Rosner

The goal of this course is to educate canine leadership staff on the multi-faceted benefits canine demonstrations and educational events can bring to their agency. It covers “best practices” on format and content for presentations that provide maximum content for your audience and minimum liability for the agency. It discusses the bridge that can be established by an agency and the local community as a result of these demonstrations and events. It provides options for off-setting costs to an agency through various means, including partnerships with not for profit organizations that support the dogs and handlers, and specialized fundraising events.

The Anatomy and Fluid Dynamics of Canine Olfaction – Alex Rygg

This course provides an overview of the remarkable anatomy of the dog’s nose and the fluid dynamics and odorant transport aspects of canine olfaction.  Beginning with the dynamics of odor sources in various ambient environments, the details of scent acquisition are presented.  This includes a review of chemical plumes and their interaction with cross-flow.  The external aerodynamics of canine sniffing, which is reposible for the canine’s ability to tract odors, is then discussed.  The complex internal structure of the canine nasal airway is shown and a three-dimensional model of the nasal cavity reconstructed from high-resolution MRI scans is used to reveal the unique location and configuration of the sensory region.  Finally, the fluid dynamics of odorant transport to the olfactory part of the nose is described and the functional significance of nasal airlow is reviewed.

Tactical Ops for the Courtroom – Brad Smith

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.

Myth…..Show Dog vs Police K9 – Manuel Villanueva

This class will help the student learn firsthand from the mistakes of other k9 handlers. The lesson is an interactive class and will motivate students to share some of the minor or serious mistakes they have made during patrol or detection work. We will hear it directly from the “horse’s mouth”, as we will have speakers and the video testimonies of k9 handlers sharing their errors. We will also touch on the topic of “Handler errors during training”. This topic will cover common mistakes new handlers make and which will subsequently develop into bad habits in the working k9.  The course will cover the following topics:

  1. K9 errors during deployments
  2. Handler errors during street scenarios
  3. Motivation vs. compulsion training
  4. Off leash control during obedience
  5. Control with a decoy present
  6. Control when conducting a door pop deployment
  7. Controlling your k9 during man-work
  8. How to control your k9 during building searches
  9. Control during a high-risk vehicle stop
  10. Techniques for releasing the bite
  11. Verbal, Tactical, V-tac “OUTs”

Military Working Dog Program / Afganistan – Master Sergeant Chris Willingham