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2018 Classes Scheduled


Seth Cimino – California Marijuana Legal Update for Handlers
In November 2016, the California voters passed PROPOSITION 64 (THE MARIJUANA ADULT USE ACT). This class will discuss the new law, the changes to the Health and Safety Code and potential strategies for law enforcement in our investigations of marijuana-related crimes.  The course will include not only the current legal issues facing investigators, but what to expect with further implementation of the law when for-profit state-licensed marijuana activities start at the beginning of 2018.
The course will also provide information on the latest trends in marijuana, discuss street contacts and enforcement and tackle new 4th Amendment (Search & Seizure) issues as they pertain to marijuana.  **Bring a USB Thumb Drive. The instructor will share his materials with his students.**


Jill Cline, PhD, Royal Canin – The Art and Science of Feeding Your Dog…Impact Beyond the Bowl
Let food be thy medicine (Hippocrates, 370 BC).  The science of nutrition is continually evolving.  This class will provide the latest information on the most important scientific discoveries in working dog nutrition and environmental maintenance.  Topics in this class include: the best nutrients for detection dogs and patrol dogs; the right food and supplement intervention based on the dogs daily environment; preventing and managing injury with food/supplements; when is the best time to feed etc.  Don’t be stuck in the “this is how we always have done it” …. Learn how the newest science can improve your dog’s street performance and lengthen his career.


Lane Crister – Police Service Dog Tactics
The course will cover enhancing officer safety while conducting suspect searches with police service dogs. Topics will include simple yard to yard search strategies and containments to using technology such as night vision to enhance your searching techniques.

Ted Daus – Narcotic Canine Search & Seizure Legal Update
Preparing the handler for Court Testimony & Updates of new laws
Important quesIntegrated EOD Concepts’ presentation will focus on the most common IED’s encountered in the United States, Los Angeles in particular as well as suspect profiles and emerging trends in the IED field.tions to ask at the outset of the investigation
Formulation of accurate, clear and concise notes
Objective testimony with maximum impact

Mike Digby & Gary Morgan – (Retired, LASD Bomb Squad) – Threat Briefing
Integrated EOD Concepts’ presentation will focus on the most common IED’s encountered in the United States, Los Angeles in particular as well as suspect profiles and emerging trends in the IED field.

Darryl DiSanto – Training Day Planning and Preparation
This class will present and provide recommendations to prepare for ongoing training and properly document it.  K9 training and its documentation are one of the most important aspects of a courtroom presentation and defense. Continued basic training drills and providing K9 teams with unusual and extreme field problems prepare handlers and police dogs for most any situation they may face in the field. The training and documentation of that training within a handler’s personal training files are critical in providing your City or County attorney documentation to defend against lawsuits and accusations of misconduct when deploying a police dog.  Trainers, K9 supervisors and handlers responsible for planning and documenting the “training day” are encouraged to attend this class.


Mel English – Understanding the K9 Olfactory
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


Terry Fleck – Patrol K9 Legal Update
Latest case law on Patrol K9’s and areas of recent attack in Court.


Ken Furton, PhD – Chemistry of Scent
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

Nathan Gibson

Robert Gillette – Sports Conditioning


Bill Grant, DVM – K9 First Aid
Recognizing what is an emergency
Providing emergency life support
Handling sudden illness
Wounds and bleeding
Overdose and counter procedures

Randy Hare – Shaping Behavior
Randy will be lecturing on the importance of manipulating environment combined with proper reinforcement to greatly increase the likelihood of improved accuracy. The relationship between the trainer / handler with the dog and how that relationship (utilization of eyes, ears, nose) defines both the handler and the dogs partnership and responsibilities toward effectiveness. Understanding TRUE reinforcement and how it is misunderstood in the behavior-reward relationship.


Rob Havice – Parcel Interdiction
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.


Bill Lewis – ‘Reasons We Get In Trouble’
“Trouble” isn’t always related to incidents or predicaments that directly result in lawsuits, claims or discipline. Often times, the actions or inactions of handlers, supervisors and trainers are missed, deliberately overlooked or downplayed which may lead to nothing or can later lead to mistakes or bad incidents with minimal to serious repercussions. This presentation provides a collection of issues related to K9 programs based on actual incidents that have occurred where trouble has followed and offers recommendations to avoid similar trouble in the future.  The instructor is Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) with over 38 years of law enforcement and instructor experience related to patrol operations, K9, SWAT and supervision.  He has published various articles relating to legal trends, case decisions, K9 teams and K9 program as well as authors the “Reasons We Get in Trouble” periodicals and teaches “Canine Liability 360” across the country.  He started working with K9 teams in 1980 as a decoy and later as a handler, supervisor, instructor, trial judge, consultant, unit evaluator, certifying official and expert witness – over 28 years of K9 experience.  Bill also serves as a Director for the California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA).


Ken Licklider – 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.


Rob Lukason – Vehicle Hidden Compartments
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


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

Cynthia Otto – Optimizing Performance from Nose to Tail
Dr. Otto is the founding director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, a national research, training and education center for detection dogs. The PVWDC has raised and trained over 50 dogs that are currently working around the country in detection fields including narcotics, explosives, search and rescue, bed bugs, arson and medical detection. In addition, several of the graduates are dual trained law enforcement canines. The PVWDC collects data on the dogs at the center and performs research with support of government agencies, industry and foundations. Dr. Otto will highlight some of the research that supports ways to improve the health and performance of your working canine. Police canines are true athletes; therefore, we need to consider what steps we can utilize to keep them fit and help with injury prevention or injury recovery. Dr. Otto will highlight some of the tools you can use to keep your canine in top working form. Not only does their body need to be fit, but their nose needs to be functioning. Dr. Otto will provide some of the data to support potential causes of decreased olfactory function. Results of a recently funded study on the effects of naloxone (Narcan) route of delivery (intranasal vs intramuscular) on canine recovery from fentanyl exposure and on olfaction will be presented.

Robert Pennal – Narcotic Safety:  Avoiding the Chemical Bullet


Mike Ritland – K9 Aggression and Shaping
From the Battle Field to the Home Front – how Americas hero K9’s work to keep people safe. During Mike’s lecture, he will cover what it takes for a dog to make it as part of the most Elite fighting team in the world…The Navy SEALs. Some of the lessons learned in preparation for combat can have some everyday applications.  The dogs on the SEAL teams are not just dogs, but members of an elite group of fighters confronting some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Mike has also dedicated his life to ensuring that these Elite K9 service members get the respect and retirement they deserve. Through his Warrior Dog Foundation, he works to find loving homes stateside for our retired K9 Warriors, many of whom suffer similar emotional scars due to combat as their human counterparts.  Mike will share stories of these amazing dogs and his work with the Warrior Dog foundation.


Jeff Schettler – Tactical Team Tracking
Jeff will discuss how to apply his concepts of “proximity alert training” for the sport detection canine and in non-law enforcement applications. Tracking work, which is Jeff’s specialty, 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 a lack of proper training needed for “closing the deal”. His course has been refined and has evolved into a practical process to make tactical tracking safer (we all want safe outings with our four legged partners) and the key to that process is learning the 4 stages of the Proximity Alert.

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