December 2014/January 2015




On the Cover:

  • K-9 Feature: Meet the Trainer: The Navy SEAL Way: A One-on-One with Mike Ritland by Sarah Lynch
  • K-9 Cover Story: Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • K-9 Legal Advice: K-9 and Public Relations: It Matters Now More Than Ever by John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
  • K-9 Featured Department: The Maine State Police K-9 Unit by Seth Edwards
  • Cover Photo: courtesy of Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Inside Cover Photo: courtesy of Activision Publishing, Inc.


  • K-9 Advice & Opinion: Training with Gunfire for Patrol and Tactical K-9 Units by Mike Pennington | Photos by Laura Fogerty Tactical Photography
  • K-9 Bitework: Evaluating the Bite and Hold for the Street by Steve Sprouse
  • K-9 Tracking/Trailing: An Argument for Scent Articles – Part 2 by Jeff Schettler
  • K-9 Medic: K-9 Medical Kit – Part 2: What’s in Your Bag? by Jo-Anne Brenner, KaLee Pasek DVM, and Dr. Lee Palmer
  • K-9 Military: MARSOC Multi-Purpose Canine Handlers Train for the Unforeseen by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox
  • K-9 Scent Detection: Applying Science to the Art of Detection Canines: Unannounced Testing by Battelle staff members: K. Good, N. Knebel, S. Lawhon, L. Siers, D. Winkel
  • K-9 Scent Detection: Individual vs. Soup Method: Canine Detection Training by Paul Hammond
  • K-9 Training: A Modern Approach to Training – Part 2 by Lazaro “Laz” Cabrera
  • K-9 Training: K-9 Stress Inoculation Prior to Deployments by Rodney Spicer
  • K-9 Spotlight: Battle-Ready Working Dog Clones? Meet Ghost and Echo by Josh Dean, excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek’s publication
  • End Quote: “Lord, I ask for courage, Courage to face and conquer my own fears, Courage to take me where others will not go…” | Photo by Carla Blazek | Spokane, WA Police Officer Dan Lesser and K-9 Rav

Editors’ Top Ten: 

  • 1. Clothing: GAK9NTC Manhunter Long Sleeve Handler’s Shirt |
  • 2. Garmin: Fenix 2 Full Featured Training Watch |
  • 3. Garmin: Tempe |
  • 4. Reward Toy: Elite K-9 Nobby Toy with Loop Handle |
  • 5. Conference: Police K-9 Conference & Vendor Show |
  • 6. Training Equipment: Arminleggan Rubber Arm |
  • 7. Glock 42 .380ACP |
  • 8. Charity: Warrior Dog Foundation |
  • 9. Flexi Lead |
  • 10. Book: War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel |

Working Dog of the Month

  • October 2014 WDOM: Officer Michael Dewald and K-9 Rock | Sandy Springs, GA PD
  • November 2014 WDOM: SGT Alva and MWD Perro | Kabul, Afghanistan