December 2015 – March 2016




On the Cover:

  • K-9 Advice & Opinion: Creating a Successful K-9 Unit: Keys to Making an Honest Assessment by Brad Smith
  • K-9 Legal: Contracts Essential for Protection: Rules for K-9 Vendors and Customers by John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
  • K-9 Conditioning: Cold Weather Care for K-9s: Pro Tips for Every K-9 Handler and Trainer from Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Cover Photo: by Derek Cain |
  • Inside Cover Photo: by Dawn Rabinowitz |


  • K-9 Medic: The ABCDs of Trauma: A Stepwise Approach for Triaging Your Injured K-9 by Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC, NREMT, WEMT
  • K-9 Featured Department: ATF Special Response Team: A Unique K-9 Team for a Unique Federal Agency by Jan Kemp, ATF Public Affairs Division | Photos by ATF Photographer Boyd Craun, Visual Media Branch
  • K-9 Bitework: Got Leg Bites? Training Leg Bites for Reality by Steve Sprouse
  • K-9 Feature: Meet the Trainer – Steve Sprouse: Reality of the Street
  • K-9 Spotlight: New York’s First Pit Bull Police Dog by Bernice Clifford
  • K-9 Tracking/Trailing: Crime Scene Scent Evidence Processing: Production, Protection, and Presentation – Part 2 by Jeff Schettler
  • End Quote: “When you walk in front of me, I shall always have your back. When you walk behind me, I shall always be willing to lay down my life for you. And so long as you walk beside me, I shall always call you my brother.” – Photo by Carla Blazek | Spokane County, WA Sheriff’s Office

Editor’s Top Picks

Working Dog of the Month

  • WDOM October 2015 | K-9 MRAP, Forest County, PA
  • WDOM November 2015 | PD Rudi, Scotland, UK
  • WDOM December 2015 | K-9 Piper, Cherry Capital Airport (MI) Traverse City
  • WDOM January 2016 | Deputy Billy Daniel and K-9 Cezar, Washoe County, NV Sheriff’s Office