K9 Detection Seminar with Don Blair (Front Royal, VA)
Apr
10
to Apr 13

K9 Detection Seminar with Don Blair (Front Royal, VA)

This seminar will focus on the use of operant conditioning training techniques to shape behaviors in working canines used for law enforcement, military or sport applications. Additionally, seminar lecture will cover detection training components, canine selection and shaping fundamentals.

There will be a limit of 10 working slots. To hold a working slot, attendees MUST ATTEND Tuesday April 10th lecture as this will outline Don’s training approach and philosophy.


Seminar Outline is as follows:

Tuesday April 10th, 2018: Lecture/Presentations/Demo
- Introductions
- Applications of Operant Conditioning Techniques to Working Dogs
- Fundamentals of Detection Training
- Lunch
- Trainers Game
- Q&A with Don

Wednesday April 11th, 2018: Detection Sessions
- Q&A from Tuesdays lecture
- Morning Detection Work
- Lunch
- Afternoon Detection Work
- Q&A with Don

Thursday April 12th, 2018: Detection Sessions
- Q&A from Wednesday Detection Sessions
- Morning Detection Sessions
- Lunch
- Afternoon Detection Sessions
- Q&A with Don

Friday April 13th, 2018: Detection Sessions
- Q&A from Thursday Detection Sessions
- Morning Detection Sessions/Scenarios
- Lunch
- Afternoon Detection Sessions/Scenarios

Please be aware that, other than demo dogs, few if any dogs will be worked on Tuesday. All working slots will have an opportunity to work dogs on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.


Seminar Fees:

- Working slot: $700 (Working slots must attend the lecture portion on Tuesday April 10th, 2018)
- Auditor slot: $200 ($50 per day)


Registration & Payment

All working slot fees will be due by Tuesday March 20th, 2018 to hold your working slot. Registration forms may be emailed to: tim.terry@detectionk9.us

Please note on the registration form if you wish to pay via PayPal (PayPal fees will apply) or if you wish to send a check. Checks should be payable to: Detection K9, and mailed to:
Detection K9
PO Box 572
Front Royal, Va. 22630

All auditing slot fees must be paid by Tuesday April 3rd, 2018.
Auditors wishing to pay on the day of the seminar must pay by cash. Checks will not be accepted on seminar day.


Cancellation Policy

Working Slots may be cancelled without fees up to Tuesday March 27th, 2018. Cancellations received after March 27th, 2018 will incur a 10% cancellation fee off the price of the Working Slot.
Audit Slots may be canceled at any time and will receive a full refund.



 

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Apr
11
to Apr 13

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Apr
17
to Apr 18

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Apr
20
to Apr 23

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May
3
to May 6

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May
5
to May 6

Canine Wellness Workshop

  • Search Dog Foundation, National Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Canine Wellness Course Description: The target audience for this workshop is trainers, handlers, and program managers responsible for the maintenance and physical conditioning of working canines.

Three primary aspects of canine wellness will be the focus:

a) K9 Fitness - This is an opportunity to build a repertoire of exercises that will enhancing the working canine’s performance and endurance as well as minimize their risk of injury. It will cover core strength, flexibility, proprioception (limb awareness), agility, strength building, and pre– and post– work stretching.
b) K9 Nutrition - Participants will learn about ingredients, diet selection, and supplements. They will also leave with an understanding of dietary impact on olfaction and GI Upset in the field.
c) Decontamination - Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the types of
contaminants, improved practices, required supplies, timing of decontamination and the
impacts of failed decontamination.

Course Dates: May 5-6, 2018
Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018
Hours: 16
Handler Participant: $360 per student/lunch provided daily
Observer: $150 per student/lunch provided daily
Lodging: SDF’s Handlers’ Lodge or a local hotel of your choosing (see page 2)
Location: NTC, 6800 Wheeler Canyon Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060

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Jun
18
to Jun 19

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This course is highly beneficial for prospective handlers, experienced Canine Search Specialists and support personnel assisting with the training of a live find disaster search dog.

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Participants will engage in group activities and discussions as they rotate through a sequence of work stations. Stations are designed to allow participants opportunity to be both interactive, observe, and conduct multiple repetitions with search dogs of various ages, breeds, levels of experience.

Each exercise is designed to improve both the helper and the dog’s performance. Participants will advance their knowledge of how to develop, communicate and execute customized training plans to meet defined training objectives for individual dogs participating in the course.

Participants will assist with transitional prop design and construction using light debris materials as they advance through a variety of training evolutions.

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20
to Jun 21

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  • Wide area
  • Potentially water ops. TBD
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1
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