C.N.C.A / N.A.C.S.W. Civilian K9 Seminar
Wednesday – Registration Begins – 1300 – 1700 hours
0700 – 0800 – Registration
Key Note Workshop
Chemistry of Scent – Ken Furton
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.
Key Note Workshop 2
Fitness from Nose to Tail – Cynthia Otto
Dogs seem to be natural athletes, but surprisingly, many dogs lack components of a balanced fitness plan. Fitness encompasses not only the stamina to chase a ball incessantly, but also includes strength, body awareness (proprioception), balance, flexibility and mental acuity. The development of a fitness plan will enhance the performance and safety of a dog whether it is a weekend warrior or top level working dog. This presentation will provide an introduction to components of a balanced fitness plan with practical tips on how to get started. The health benefits of fitness will be highlighted.
1200-1300 – LUNCH
K9 101 – Joe Oberding
“101” usually means basic or introductory, and while we will examine some very basic concepts of K9 scent work and training, our goal is to look at and apply some advanced theories and motivational based training techniques to help dogs and their handlers become successful K9 Nosework teams. We will also talk about avoiding and/or working through some of the common handling mistakes and training errors that I’ve seen as a Police K9 and K9 Nosework trial judge.
Search and Rescue Canines – Sheila McKee
This class will be an overview of the use of canines in the SAR world, including breeds used, types of training and how handlers who are interested can become involved in serving their community.
Search and Rescue canines are used worldwide in many different capacities for a variety of different missions. SAR dogs are used to locate trapped live victims in disasters, follow scent specific tracks of mission persons, find human remains to resolve a search or assist with a crime scene, cover large areas during a wilderness search or even find evidence needed to help solve a crime.
K9 Overview – Amy Herot, Scott Blom & Mark Taylor
Discussion about detection between the sport world and law enforcement
Competing in detection trials….A judges perspective
Pest Control Detection Canines – Deanna Kjortien
See her TEDx talk “Using Dogs in Urban Pest Control”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghBJUtLNVqE
HOSTED APPETIZER, NO HOST BAR RECEPTION WITH GUEST SPEAKER Q & A SESSION- VENDOR DISPLAY ROOM
Key Note Workshop 1
Working Dog Problem Solving – Jacy Kelley NACSW
Problem solving to attempt to save a dog’s career from behavior issues, fear issues and how some training methods can help the working handler to understand better what is going on with their dog and to see what their dog is trying to say.
Key Note Workshop 2
Tactical Tracking – Jeff Shetler
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.
Working Dogs in Ecology and Conservation – Lauralea Oliver
Brief history of working dogs in ecology then move to the formation and structure of the Harvey Dog Program. Training methodology will be discussed along with the background of the Harvey Dogs; how they were acquired and what they do. As examples, a few past and current projects will be highlighted which help to demonstrate the validity and benefit of using dogs in ecological detection. Examples will include work in renewable energy sites and targets which include reptiles, mammals and botanicals. Questions will be taken at the end of the class.
Accelerant Detection – James Bowers
The class will provide an overview of accelerant detection canine use in the private sector and how their training and deployment differs from other disciplines.. The session will cover:
- History of Accelerant Detection Canines
- Selection, socialization, training and certification
- Deployment, on-scene challenges, evidence collection, and how deployment differs from other disciplines
- Private sector (insurance companies) deployment issues such as bad faith lawsuits and private sector and public sector dogs working the same fire scene
Shaping Behavior – Randy Hare
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.
K9 Training Fundamentals & K9 Aggression – Mike Ritland
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.
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