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Introduction to the E-Collar and Off Lead Search Tactics


Classroom Instruction (Presentation)

Introduction to the E-Collar / K9 Search Team Tactics

Instruction will include a power point presentation on Introduction to the E-Collar, followed by K9 Search Team Tactics. The class will also cover developing techniques in the utilization of canines for high risk as well as advanced directed deployment incidents.

E-collar Work – Foundation Training / Direction and Control Work and Advanced Search Work (Classroom).

This course is formatted to working K9 teams – attendees should have a basic understanding of K9 handling. This course offers an essential understanding of the E-collar and its use and development in the Police and Military K9 Communities. The classroom portion of this presentation will provide a two hour class on the principles of E-collar work. You will learn and understand the principles of escape training and the importance of control over the working K9. This course covers areas that are paramount to proper E-collar use. It will cover the beginning foundation work of E-collar training as well as advanced training and K9 maintenance. Direction and control will be covered as well as how to use the E-collar in the real world (off-leash searching). Pros and cons will be covered as well as the E-collars development over the years. Search techniques and Department policy issues will be covered (find & bark vs. handler control – what is the industry standard). E-collar and real world events will be discussed and given as examples.

Topics for discussion and learning are included in this course, such as off-leash searching with detection canines. This will depend on each Department’s direction and the audience. Tactical K9 has developed off-leash search techniques with detection K9’s utilizing the E-collar with outstanding results. The canine

works both on and off-leash searching large open areas for narcotics, bombs and weapons in much the same way an off-leash controlled patrol canine works.

Outside Field Based Instruction (Four and a Half Days of Field Work Instruction)

E-collar Training (hands on)

This very specific and personal training involves hands on E-collar work. The instructor/ student ratio must be maintained (no more than 10 students to one instructor). The proper use of the E-collar will be discussed and training is tailored to each specific K9 team. Each team will be married with his canine and the E-collar. The goal of the instruction is for the handler to learn how to effectively use the E-collar and obtain the ability to problem solve with his K9 partner. The amount of time needed for success will vary based on the experience of the handler and his/ her familiarity with the E-collar. A minimum of three days of instruction is suggested for proper canine imprinting to occur and for handlers to understand the tool.

Please review this outline, discuss it with the appropriate personnel and let us know what your specific needs are. Tactical K9 takes great pride in providing top notch instructors and training (all instructors are California POST certified). The hands on portion of this training can be tailored to your Department’s needs, policy and environment. Again, this course is limited to 10 K9/ Handler teams. A comprehensive appraisal of Tactical K9 LLC can be reviewed thru their web site. If you have any additional questions, please contact them at your convenience.

For more info, visit www.tacticalk-9.com