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David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem
Using a combination of his unique theories pertaining to mammalian olfaction and the mechanisms of scent generation from materials, David developed the first-and-only official inert replacements to the United States Navy’s MN01 and MN 76 Canine Kits for Explosives Detection. He also invented the world’s first non-hazardous scent-training aids for the detection of TATP, HMTD, Dynamite, PETN/ETN, PCP, MDMA, Bed-Bugs, and developed the “ScentLogix™ ScentKit Collection,” which currently stands as the world’s most-comprehensive collection of operationally-proven non-hazardous explosives and narcotics training aids for the imprinting, scent-training and certification of working dogs.
David serves as a consultant to numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies such as the Departments of Defense (US, Brazil, India), Justice (Australia), Customs (Chile, Singapore), and the Interior (Mexico, Nigeria), amongst others, in matters pertaining to detector K-9 scent kit utility and training protocols. As a result of client ratings and K-9 performances, ScentLogix™ ScentKits are now regarded as the “gold-standard” for training aids used in the imprinting and maintenance training of working dogs, and are now being utilized within numerous elite military, law enforcement and private working dog programs, worldwide, as superior replacements to using real materials as training aids, and as certification standards.
David’s qualifications include a Doctor of Science degree, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and a B.Sc. with Honors in Biochemistry with Psychology. Additionally, he has attended a number of FBI and US-DOJ certification programs in explosives detection and terrorist preparedness. He is a member of IABTI, a founding member of S.O.U.R.C.E and serves on numerous national and international advisory boards. His current professional interests includes “learning the art of applying a scientific knowledge of odor, scent engineering and biological olfaction, towards (i) the fabrication of electronic noses, and (ii) improving the portfolio of practical educational tools, utility scents, and training standards for the detector K9 community.”
ScentWire™, his most recent R&D effort in developing next-generation scent-training aids, is specifically geared towards the enhancement of K-9 performances within working-dog programs solely reliant on the use of traditional scent-training aids.
Unraveling the Myths and Misconceptions of Using Real Materials as Training Aids
There is an industry accepted misconception that real materials make the best scent training aids for the imprinting, maintenance training and certification of detector K-9s. However, and interestingly so, recent findings strongly suggest that the major shortcomings currently observed within the actions of operational detector K-9s, such as (i) false positives; (ii) false negatives; (iii) the generalization of target materials during detection; (iv) ignoring/missing large target materials during a search; and, (v) giving a final indication a considerable distance away from a (large) target material during a search are actually caused by the use of these real materials and their “pseudomaterial” analogues (real materials mixed with inert materials), not “pseudoscents” (real odor mixed with inert materials), as scent training aids for the imprinting and field training of these detector K-9s.
Using scientific data, videos, operational feedbacks and testimonials from a cross section of trainers and handlers worldwide, this class will (i) discuss the properties of real materials that can cause these operational shortcomings, and, (ii) provide insights on how the use of chemically engineered scent training aids (CETAs aka pseudoscents) can circumvent these problems and actually provide detector K-9s with scent and detect capabilities that are far superior to those of K-9s imprinted and trained on real target materials.
This is scent detection at its most fundamental, and presented in a way that brings a new understanding to the essential characteristics ideal scent training aids, clarifying some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings rampant within both the industry’s training doctrines and some published scientific papers and reports, and is a must attend class for all active trainers and handlers!
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30 PM in the Dogwood Classroom
Sgt. Anderson has been a canine handler/trainer since 1991. He worked a dual-purpose patrol and detection dog for 15 years and spent 5 years in narcotics working a dual-purpose canine. Since 1994 Sgt. Anderson has been President of N.P.C.A., National Police Canine Association. He is also an Executive board member for SWGDOG and NEDCAB.
High Risk K-9 Patrol Operations and K-9 SWAT Deployment – S.K.I.D.D.S./CATS
For those that have a misconception as to how beneficial K-9s 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 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.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30 PM in the Willow Classroom
Rick currently is the national elected President of the North American Police Work Dog Association, (NAPWDA) one of the largest K-9 associations in the country with over 3500 members and former nationally elected Trustee (6 years). He is a nationally accredited master trainer in Explosive/Narcotic Detection and Patrol with NAPWDA, where he has certified 800 plus canines to the high standards set forth by NAPWDA that are recognized by all courts at all levels.
Rick has spent the last five-plus years imprinting/training explosive detection canines that have deployed to the Middle East to support our military and has deployed on two separate occasions to Afghanistan as an FSR (Field Service Representative) and part of an MTT (Mobile Training Team) for the British Military. He has worked on two LOE’s (Limited Objective Experiments) for the Office of Naval Research on HME’s (Homemade Explosives) developed and instructed the class, “Introduction to Explosive Odor,” that was taught to many USMC K-9 handlers that were deploying to the Middle East. Rick instructed, “How Environmental Factors Affect Odor,” at multiple seminars and for law enforcement officers from around the country, has spent 1000’s of hours instructing/teaching/training K-9’s and handlers all around the country, and has consulted with many agencies across the country to establish their first K-9 divisions.
How Environmental Factors Affect Odor
To enable a working canine to detect a target odor on which it has been trained, it must locate the source of the scent. You, as a handler, are in a position to assist the canine by making an assessment of the environmental conditions and deploying your canine in the most productive locations. By understanding how odor is affected under what conditions, you are in a position to better locate the target scent. Without this understanding, you risk missing a potentially locatable find. Are you confident you fully understand how odor is affected by the environment?
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 10:15 AM in the Dogwood Classroom
Advanced Tactical Training Methods: Obedience and Aggression Control
Through expanded video examples, this class will discuss how to create tactical obedience skills that are used in police K-9 deployments. The student will learn how to break down obedience routines and skills into component mini skills and how to master the proper reinforcement of these mini skills. A variety of methods will be explained including proper use of verbal and clicker markers, how to use toy rewards including a magnet ball system and a tug reward system. A modern and clear method of e-collar integration (both positive punishment and negative reinforcement styles) will be explained and when and why to use each. Different brands of e-collars and qualities of stimulation will be discussed, and how it applies to differing dog temperaments. Training techniques including applying a heeling stick as a boundary, developing directional control, and how to achieve high performance of aggression control (out/guard, out/recall, recalls, drive capping,) under extreme levels of distraction and while the dog is fighting subjects will be discussed.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 10:15 AM in the Willow Classroom
K9 MEDIC™ has an epic vision to change the world for every Operational K-9, ensuring that they have access to the same pre-hospital care as their human counterparts. To join our mission, e-mail us info@K9MEDIC.com, visit us at K9MEDIC.com, or friend us at Facebook.com/K9MEDIC
This will be two separate talking sections – 1 hour each
Part One – Keeping it Cool: Overcoming Heat and Hydration Challenges in the OpK-9
Unfortunately, heat injuries are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in K-9s. The good news is that, together, we can change this statistic. Learn the real-world details of managing heat and hydration challenges in a variety of working conditions. We will cover awareness and prevention strategies that keep your K-9 safe and highly effective. We will review emergency treatment/transport techniques you need when time is of the essence. Education saves lives! Make sure you are prepared to support your K-9 in this essential class.
Part Two – Top 10 Substance Exposures for OpK-9 and What You Can Do About Them
The duties of a working K-9 put them in potentially dangerous environments every day. Do you work a narcotics K-9 with exposures to Fentanyl (and a myriad of other drugs)? What about field exposures to rattlesnakes, bees and other critters? What about the hazards that might be lurking in your home or even in your own Go-Bag (like Xylitol)? There are many things that K-9s can get into, and so this lecture will review how to recognize and avoid some of the most common substance exposures. As for those things that your K-9 still gets into…? We’ll cover how to decontaminate and provide treatment to your K-9.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 8:00 AM and
Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30 PM in the Holly Classroom
Scott Clark has been a Police Officer for the City of Coral Springs Police Department (FL) since January 1999. Since 2001, he has been assigned to the K-9 Unit where he currently serves as an active K-9 Handler & Head Trainer. He has been working and training patrol and detection dogs since 2002. He is a current certified State of Florida FDLE K-9 Team Instructor and FDLE K-9 Team Evaluator. In addition, Scott is the K-9 Unit Head Trainer, Multi-Jurisdictional K-9 Head Trainer, SWAT K-9 Team Leader, Trainer and SWAT K-9 Handler, Firearms Instructor, HK MP5/MP7Instructor, Sig Rifle Instructor, and has trained hundreds of K-9 Teams in South Florida and Across the Country. Scott obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) majoring in both, Criminal Justice and Psychology, from the University of North Florida. He is a current and active writer for Police K-9 Magazine & K-9 Cop Magazine, where several articles of his have been published. Scott serves as an Instructor for the Broward College Institute of Public Safety, National Instructor for the Law Dog Conference, K-9 Cop Magazine & Police K-9 Magazine Conferences. He is currently working his second dual-purpose patrol/narcotics dog.
K-9 Officer Down
“Officer Down!” Two words that evoke discomfort and confusion in any officer’s mind. This is becoming a trend in today’s world of policing. A complex scenario has turned into an extreme challenge for the K-9 handler and backup officers involved. How will the deployed K-9 team handle this scene that is rapidly unfolding in front of them?
High Drive K-9 has the answer. We have created a clear cut training course that will remedy this stressful and chaotic event. This course is devised to train, educate and support both K-9 handlers and all other officers in your agency. This course will cover real life practical applications and scenarios, providing you with a better understanding of the difficulties involved in a K-9 handler down situation. In addition, this course will provide you with numerous options and strategies so that your agency can put a concrete plan in place if this were to occur in your agency. By the end of this course, handlers and officers will be more secure and prepared in the event an “Officer Down” issues arises.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 1:15 PM and
Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30 PM in the Dogwood Classroom
Jill Cline, PhD
Boost Your K-9 Athlete’s Performance: K-9 Healthcare from Kennel Environment to Nutrition
In this class you will learn how what happens off duty can affect your dog’s performance on the street. We will discuss appropriate kennel management for working K-9s including the right cleaning schedules, cleaners, environments, and “watch outs” for your dog while in the kennel or a crate. Also, we will discuss easy fixes to improve a working K-9’s diet, when to feed, how to feed, and how to prevent diarrhea and common skin issues. After this class, you will know how you can improve his care with a few small changes to make him healthier, easy to get along with, and better at his job.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30 PM and
Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00 AM in the Holly Classroom
Paul has 15 years of continuous canine operations in Northern Ireland deployed with the British Military Army Dog Unit …during some of the most challenging and hostile times in its history; completing 2,342 recorded operational explosive detection tasks, against live devices.
Paul completed 6 years as a working dog adviser in support of the British Government Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and more recently worked alongside Auburn University`s Canine Research & Development Program on various US Canine Defense & Research projects.
Operational Based EDD Training & Importance of Search Intel & Vapor Wake Dogs – Body Worn Explosive Detection
This will be two separate talking sections – 1 hour each
Part One – Operational Based EDD Training & Importance of Search Intel
Paul has just completed a two-year advanced EDD study at AMK9`s Academy in which 100 plus EDD dog teams were tested on an operational based training and intel gathering exercise across multiple agency EDD teams. The results will surprise you and reinforce why this speaker session is a must to attend. Correct operational based training and use of task intelligence is the number one factor for EDD team success during operational tasks.
Part Two – Vapor Wake Dogs – Body Worn Explosive Detection
Understanding the very latest K-9 technology in body worn explosive K-9 detection. The Vapor Wake® science, developed and patented by Auburn University, the training breakthrough, genetic breeding program, environmental conditioning, and the operational requirement to fill a current domestic terrorism security gap, against the new terror threat.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00 AM in the Dogwood Classroom
Ken has developed kennels and kennel support in Holland and Brazil, with branches in Turkey and South Africa. He has trained/worked with over two thousand five hundred (2,500) dogs in his career. VLK trains more than five hundred (500) dogs per year for local, state, federal and private organizations. He currently has dogs in over eight hundred (800) law enforcement agencies to include the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon Police, U.S. Secret Service, over forty-eight (48) states and more than twenty (20) countries, including hundreds of teams in Afghanistan and Iraq with recently deployed teams to Brazil.
Detector Dog Behavior
Ken Licklider has dedicated his entire life to the betterment of dog training. He is not just an ordinary dog trainer, but also a philosopher of canine behavior. Ken’s success in this profession has resulted in international acclaim. Ken will cover a variety of topics such as his theories on dog’s drives and character traits, how dogs learn, odor – what it is, odor contamination and imprintation, variable reward and why it’s important. Seminar content will also include: interior/exterior vehicle searches, search patterns: advantages and disadvantages, environmental factors, recognition of physical internal stress, problem solving: methods and distractions, enhancing response, storage and maintenance of training aids, and the importance of record keeping.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th
at 3:30 PM in the Cochran Classroom
Introduction to Improvised Explosive Formulations
This class will give an overview on precursor’s used in the formulation of peroxide based explosives, as well as a host of other energetic materials. Are you and your K-9 prepared for this threat?
This class is Wedneday, November 16th at 10:15 AM in the Dogwood Classroom
Bomb Technician Awareness
The bomb technician awareness class will give the attendee a better understanding of the tools and protocols utilized by bomb technicians. The opportunity to try on a bomb suit as well as learn about EOD/K-9 integration techniques will be covered.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 1:15 PM in the Dogwood Classroom
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Norwich University in Vermont and is a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He was a Region 9 United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Champion in 2009. Jim is currently a Law Enforcement K9 Instructor focusing on Multi-Purpose Canines for K2 Solutions, Inc.
Apprehension Work Beyond the Bite Suit
This course will detail training scenarios to ready the canine for street apprehension with an emphasis on muzzle training and civil agitation.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 8:00 AM in the Willow Classroom
John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
A dynamic and interactive class on the law affecting canine operations. Topics covered will include:
Session 1: A.M. Session
• 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Overview
• Vehicle Sniff Issues
• Tracking Evidence
• Use of Force in Deployment of K-9
• Pre-Deployment Warnings
• K-9 After the Legalization of Marijuana
This class is Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th
at 10:15 AM in the Holly Classroom
Session 2: P.M. Session
• Mutual Aid Agreements Involving K-9
• Failure to Train Issues
• Supervisory Liability – Case Study: Campbell v City of Springboro
• Avoiding and Defending the Civil Lawsuit
• K-9 and Public Relations – Why It Matters
This class is Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th
at 1:15 PM in the Holly Classroom
Jason has been a sworn Police Officer since 1995 and served Reidsville Police Department in North Carolina for over 10 years as a Police Canine Handler, a K-9 Unit Supervisor, Vice Narcotics/Interdiction Unit Supervisor and an Operator on the SWAT team. Using his professional background, Jason conducts police canine handler courses and seminars throughout the United States including Police and Military personnel at NASA and the Pentagon as well as for Special Forces units of the United States Military and for foreign Military and Police Departments. Jason has been an Instructor/Speaker at both the Police K-9 Conference and the K-9 Cop Conference on an annual basis for several years. Additionally, Jason provides oversight of all other trainers’ courses offered at Highland Canine Training, LLC.
The Future of Detection Dog Training
at its all time high and smugglers are using state of the art equipment to mask their activities, it is important for law enforcement and government agencies to have the best available resources to assist in their drug interdiction efforts. Another harsh reality of our global society is that we are all faced with the ever increasing threat to physical security from acts of terrorism and as a result, explosives detection dog reliability is at its peak of demand. In addition, defense attorneys are learning progressively more about the operations of narcotic detection dogs and are learning new ways to defeat K-9 related cases.
This class takes an in-depth look at techniques and methods for improving the overall reliability of detection dogs. This class examines the steps of developing reliable detection dogs from imprinting through the processes of proofing and effective handling to eliminate many of the common problems faced by detection dog teams.
As a canine handler, one of our biggest concerns is not what contraband we are finding but what we are missing. This class will identify training methods and opportunities to greatly reduce what you and your dog leave on the streets. If you have ever questioned the capabilities of your detection dog, this is the class you must attend.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 1:15 PM in the Willow Classroom
Post retirement, Bosko obtained his Brevet in French Ring Sport. Justin begins a new chapter in his career with K-9 Zeke. Zeke is a three-year-old GSD who has been raised from a puppy by Justin and is showing great potential as a police service dog.
Justin is a Corporal and trainer for his agency, who has 60 dogs department-wide. Justin is a former member of the Davie Police Department and their K-9 unit where he was the handler for K-9 Vader; who was produced from his own breeding program. Justin has been training dogs professionally for nearly 25 years and is the head trainer for K-9 Services Unlimited LLC.
During his professional dog training career, he has trained with hundreds of police K-9 teams, competed in Schutzhund, Ring Sport and other dog sports. He has also trained dogs for celebrities, professional athletes, and thousands of pet dog owners. Justin has recently graduated and been awarded a diploma in the NePoPo Gold training system, the modern language of dog training by Bart Bellon. Justin is currently the President of the Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association flecak9.com and was one of the founding members. He is also a judge and instructor for FLECA.
Justin has recently been retained as an expert witness in K-9 training and deployment, which marks a new chapter in his career. He has had the opportunity to certify and train hundreds of Police K-9 teams. Justin continually pursues further knowledge of dog training in many different applications by training with some of the top canine trainers in the world.
Power Biting is a combination of training techniques which has been systematically designed to enhance your K-9 partners while greatly reducing the risk of injury during intense training for the dog as well as the decoy. There are many benefits to employing this system such as; increased depth and bite pressure, reduction/elimination of handler conflict, stops transfer bites, greater speed of entry, reflex response to pressure, improved targeting, and tremendous cardiovascular conditioning.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 1:15 PM in the Willow Classroom
Ritland has trained hundreds of working dogs for combat and specializes in private protection dog training, military dog training and police dog training. He has over 18 years experience in importing, breeding, raising, and training multiple breeds of working dogs.
He is the author of three New York Times Best Selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, Navy SEAL Dogs, and TEAM Dog.
Mike Ritland has provided private protection K-9s for celebrities, private individuals, and government agencies:
● Department of Defense (DOD)
● Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
● Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
● U.S.Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
● Private Individuals
● *Other Government Agencies
He is an active content contributor for numerous journals, blogs and publications such as S.O.F.R.E.P, Men’s Journal, Police K-9 Magazine and K-9 Cop Magazine. He has been a keynote speaker at Purdue University’s Discovery Lecture Series, Book TV C-SPAN2 Live, K-9 training conferences and has been interviewed on dozens of media affiliates such as CBS 60-Minutes, ABC, NBC, FOX and PBS.
Mike and Rico (his personal K-9) recently collaborated with the Xbox crew to create the latest iteration of “Call of Duty: Ghosts.” The video game brings lifelike characters and immersive worlds together on a new, next-generation engine. The dog in Call of Duty works together with his team to fulfill missions. The official release was November 5, 2013.
Mike Ritland also founded the Warrior Dog Foundation, a non-profit Special Operations K-9 retirement foundation. The Warrior Dog Foundation is dedicated to serving working military K-9s, special operations community, and their families. With the Foundation’s state of the art kennel facility, these dogs are given the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with dignity and grace and attended to with compassion to both their mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
Ritland currently resides in Dallas, TX and dedicates his time daily to working with his K-9s at Trikos International and the Warrior Dog Foundation. When he is not traveling on business he enjoys spending quality time with each of his dogs, staying fit and perfecting the art of BBQ.
Mike Ritland will be kicking things off at the K-9 Cop Conference & Vendor Show between 4:00-5:00 PM in the Cochran Classroom. Directly after, the Vendor Hall will be opening it’s doors to all registered attendees for our Icebreaker Social! Join us for an exciting night of networking, idea sharing, world class equipment, socializing, food, and fun!
Mike will be speaking Monday, November 14th at 4:00 PM in the Cochran Classroom
K-9 Aggression and Decoy
This course will cover the basic fundamentals of aggression in working K-9s and address common principles and issues with bitework training.
The following topics will be covered:
• How to properly select a dog for your program
• How to properly select and develop a decoy for your program
• Body language (both K-9 and human)
• Drive and how relates to bitework (myths and truths)
• Training the correct bite behavior
• Transitioning from training to the real world
• Trouble shooting issues and outing properly
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 8:00 AM in the Cochran Classroom
Police K-9 Training Fundamentals
How to apply the basics fundamentals of operant conditioning and how it relates to police dog training.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00 AM in the Cochran Classroom
Tactical Area Search (Off-Lead)
Many K-9 teams have pondered the idea of a true off-lead K-9 team, but lack the skills and or department backing to work toward this endeavor. This lecture will give the handler and K-9 supervisors a perspective on how to conduct off-lead area and building searches and why they should. This class branches off of Tactical K9’s Introduction to the E-Collar lecture. The class will review basic training methods used to develop the off-lead K-9, while incorporating these skills during actual field searches. Focus will be on developing the canine as well as the handler and K-9 team. E-collar techniques will be discussed on how to take a K-9 team from the basics to advanced levels of direction and control. This lecture will cover basic concepts in the area of off lead search tactics, problem-solving, developing and maintaining the hunt, hand signals, prey toys used to hone in off lead tactics, choke off vs verbal outs and many other areas of concern.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 1:15 PM in the Cochran Classroom
E-Collar: Off Leash Control and Canine Problem Solving
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the e-collar for the Police Service Dog (PSD) and Military Working Dog (MWD). The e-collar was originally designed to enhance already learned behavior with working canines, providing a means of communicating with the canine in an off-leash capacity. Although e-collar training is aversive in nature, the instruction provided will take great measures to instill the positive methods of dog training, providing proper introduction of the e-collar to the canine’s already known commands. This was how the e-collar was originally designed to be utilized. In the past, many police departments and military K-9 programs have misused the tool, leaving the untrained trainer/handler with a negative outlook on the device. The system used by Tactical K9 is one that was developed by the Los Angeles Police K-9 Platoon. The LAPD has utilized the e-collar for longer than any other police agency in the country. Over the years, coinciding with the e-collar’s development, methods have been fine tuned to provide the best industry methods for the e-collar’s introduction as well as advanced tactical canine training for law enforcement and military communities. This class will also cover problem solving issues that most frequently arise with police and military service dog teams. Topics will include: outing issues, search and ranging problems, handler/canine conflicts, balancing the e-collar with conventional training methods, developing a solid shooting platform while working your canine, and other common problems.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 1:15 PM in the Cochran Classroom
He was a certified military trainer, graduating from the prestigious U.S. Army’s Leadership Academy, also known as Drill Sergeant School. He currently trains police officers, military, and search & rescue handlers around the world in the art of K-9 trailing. Jeff raises and trains manhunter K-9s that are working for law enforcement agencies across the USA. They are famous for their human find rates and are much sought after.
Jeff writes for law enforcement & military K-9 magazines, K-9 Cop Magazine and Police K-9 Magazine. He is also the author of these popular books: Red Dog Rising, K9 Trailing: The Straightest Path, Tactical Tracker Teams, and The Tao of Trailing.
Imprinting Scent Specific Tracking Dogs
This is a must see class in a long line of Jeff Schettler seminars since 1998. Jeff is the number one go to author/source for tracking/trailing work in the world today. No other training entity trains more tracking dogs than Georgia K9 NTC. Jeff’s scent specific tracking program is currently being taught for police, border patrol, and military groups throughout the U.S.A. and these NATO countries: Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Poland. This class is specifically designed to identify the qualities of a solid tracking dog and the imprinting stage of training necessary to create a top man hunter. If you want urban, street appropriate, tracking training that escapes the unrealistic, uncontaminated fields of traditional sport tracking, then this could be your best start possible.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 10:15 AM in the Cochran Classroom
Tactical Tracking: The Four Stages of the Proximity Alert, Learn Them and Live!
Do you hunt criminals with your tracking dog? The threat to police officers is worse now than ever before. The daily headlines seem to show a new story of an officer killed each and every day. Tracking work 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 complete lack of proper training for closing the deal and reading the proximity alert. Jeff Schettler pioneered tactical tracking training in the United States with his first classes on the subject in the 1990s. His course has been refined and has evolved into a practical process to make tactical tracking safer and the key to that process is learning the fours stages of the proximity alert. Jeff currently trains police departments throughout the world in this life saving program. He is also considered the number one source for trailing and proximity alert training for our military.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 10:15 AM in the Cochran Classroom
Rodney is directly involved in the selection and training of police service dogs in patrol and detection. Rodney enjoys the unique position of being a certified working dog judge in four different organizations and being a certified agitator in five different working dog organizations as well as a California K-9 POST Evaluator. He also personally conducts over 300 detection sniffs per year.
Reality Based Detection Training
This reality based detection training class serves as an essential phase for the modern police K-9 handler in today’s training and deployments. The class will cover a five-pronged approach to successful deployments in the following areas with masking agents: food distractors, animal odors, open areas, vehicles, and changing environments.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 10:15 AM in the Willow Classroom
K-9 Stress Inoculation Prior to Deployments
This reality based apprehension training class addresses stress and the effects caused by stressful encounters during actual deployments, Training exercises and how inoculating the K-9 to doses of stress through reality based training exercises will increase the K-9’s confidence and effectiveness in overcoming a greater challenge/fight. The course will also cover muzzle utilization, physical apprehensions, focus on the suspect and how to prepare for suspect opposition through proper training exercises. Actual deployments illustrating the importance and the benefits of stress inoculation training will be examined and discussed during the lecture and video presentation.
This class is Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00 AM in the Willow Classroom
Transferring Bitework to the Reality of the Street
This class looks at patrol dog aggression and real street bite issues. The class defines the “ideal” bite, highlights why dogs may not engage a suspect, and guides you through proven step-by-step training principles that transition the dog from training to reality. Having worked the street as a K-9 handler for 30 years, this instructor has lived the reality of the street. This class will present facts rather than theory.
This class is Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30 PM in the Willow Classroom