Aug
16
to Aug 18

K9 Challenge Event

Have you been looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself and your k9 partner? Do you want to get out of the “usual routine” with your training drills?  Join us at Camp Atterbury, Indiana to push the limits of your training!  This seminar is designed for intermediate to advancedArea Search teams and Disaster dog teams (both live and HRD) . This is a unique training event, in that there will be less ‘instruction’ and a greater focus on scenarios and challenges for the K9/handler team. Your obedience, agility, directability, search skills and ability to work as a team will all be tested during this event. There will also be  team debriefing with instructors and participants.  This event is open to 10 dog/handler teams.  K9s must have a reliable trained final response and ideally will also have experience working real searches.  

Topics Covered:

  • Unique training scenarios

  • Double blind searches

  • "Skills" challenges

  • Team exercises/search problems

Trainers:  
Jackie McCarty 
Lynn Packard
Matt Noar
 
Details: 
When:   Aug. 16-18, 2019
(Event Hours:  0900-1700 Friday, Saturday;  0900-1200 Sunday)
  
Where: Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, Indiana
 
Cost:   $275 per handler with dog; $150 per handler without dog.

Lunch will be included Friday and Saturday on site.

Register at http://www.sdona.org/k9-challenge-event.html

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Sep
20
to Sep 22

Urban Search Techniques for Wilderness Teams

This seminar will serve as both an excellent introduction to urban search and rescue techniques, as well as a weekend of fun, challenging scent pictures for experienced K9s. This event is open to tracking/trailing and HRD K9s of all experience levels. We will be training at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and will have access to multiple fully operational buildings, introductory rubble, vehicle line-ups, confined space scenarios, and many other challenges for your K9s to be able to experience. The trailing K9s will also spend time in the urban environment of Oklahoma State University’s campus. This seminar equally beneficial for the novice dog looking to work foundations as it is for the experienced dog looking to hone their skills on complex scent puzzles and new techniques for navigating a more urban environment. 

Topics Covered:

  • Techniques for searching buildings and vehicles.

  • Motivational components to maintain focus in distracting environments.

  • Skills for deploying in an urban environment.

  • Challenging scenarios for more experienced K9s.


Trainers:
Cindy McArthur
Brianna Acevedo
Heather Suedkamp
Jason Suedkamp
 
Details: 
When:   Sept. 20-22, 2019
(Event Hours:  0800-1700 Friday, Saturday and 0800-1200 Sunday)
  
Where:  Fire and Emergency Services Training Center, Stillwater, OK

Cost:   $275 per handler with dog; $150 per handler without dog.

Lunch will be included on site Friday and Saturday.

Register at http://www.sdona.org/urban-search-techniques-for-wilderness-teams.html

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Sep
28
to Sep 29

Ready for Certification! (Santa Paula, CA)

  • National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019

Registration: https://searchdogfoundation.org/workshops/

Hours: 16

Handler Participant Registration Fee: $450 per student

Observer: $200 per student

Optional Room & Board Fee: $155 includes 2 night’s stay at SDF’s Handler’s Lodge and meals

Get ready to put all your hard work to the test! This phase will concentrate on bridging the gap from FSA to the CE.  Focus will be given to building the search team’s confidence by highlighting search skills and putting energy into problem solving. Instructors will observe, offer feedback and really focus the weekend’s training elements on the needs of the individual search teams.

OVERVIEW

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), in conjunction with Instructors Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, are pleased to announce that we are opening the gates of our National Training Center (NTC) for a series of US&R Live Find team training weekends throughout 2019! These training weekends are an opportunity to work with your canine partner in a variety of real-world scenarios on 125 acres. You will receive quality one-on-one instruction delivered by Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, to include problem-solving and feedback. These two-day training weekends will be largely field-work, concentrating on disaster search that may include foundation training elements and wide area search scenarios, building and rubble search areas.

The description and objectives of each training weekend will vary. Each time, we will be able to accommodate up to sixteen (16) canine teams on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, up to ten (10) Observers may register for the full workshop in a hands-off capacity (no dogs), at a discounted rate. These training weekends are customized for and available to US&R Live Find canine teams only. Various levels of experience will be accommodated. 

PREREQUISITES

  1. All dogs must be:

  • Under control and well-behaved

  • Healthy

  • Dog may not be in heat

  • Non-aggressive

  • Trained indication on LF

  • Handlers must be affiliated with a recognized agency.

 

NOT required – Completion of Type II/FSA or Type I/CE certification(s).

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Oct
29
to Oct 30

Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3)

  • Franklin, TN United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3) course is a two-day HANDS-ON, intensive training focusing on treatment of working dog emergencies in the field. The course incorporates current TCCC and TECC guidelines with K9 specific anatomy and physiology to provide the most up-to-date life saving information available for working dogs. Training includes multiple interactive, casualty response situations in simulated tactical environments, using canine mannequins and other realistic training aids in dynamic scenarios. 

Participants: The interactive course is suitable for K9 handlers, tactical medics, veterinary and animal care personnel of all skill levels.  Training is broken down into skill levels.  No one will leave feeling overwhelmed or under-challenged! 

Topics Covered: 

Canine aid bags and emergency kits 
Gunshot and penetrating wounds 
Blunt trauma 
Blast, burn, and smoke inhalation injuries 
IV fluid therapy 
Heat Injury 
Gastric dilation-volvulus 
Exposure to explosives and drugs 
Emergency planning and MEDEVAC 
Management decisions with the critically injured K9 

Hands-On Skills Labs including: 

Airway and respiratory management (ET intubation, surgical airway, needle decompression of tension pneumothorax) 
Needle decompression of gastric dilation-volvulus 
IV, IO, and SQ Fluid Administration 

Course materials and certificate of attendance for 16 contact hours are included in the course.

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1285694526908059138

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Nov
4
to Nov 6

HRD K9 – Foundations

This land-based workshop allows participants to work search areas including grassy fields, woods, urban environments, and buildings. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition. Classroom instruction will include the human decomposition process, bone identification, forensic taphonomy, and much more.

Space is limited to 36 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots are available.

Schedule: Day 1 – focus on solidifying the final response and reward systems, which will immediately coincide with small group exercises to reinforce the trained final response.

Afternoon Day 1 - Day 2 we will maintain our distinct approach with three field exercise periods that include stations that reinforce team techniques in building searches, area search, and working on full body decomposition.

Day 3 - a full day of training and will feature additional final response training, and an additional opportunity to work on full body decomposition and isolated large source remains.

Instructors: Lisa Higgins, Brad Dennis, Paul S. Martin, Deana Hudgins, and others.

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $375, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training.
2. Dog must have a reliable trained final response for HRD.
3. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted. 

Register at https://thecfte.com/product/hrd-k9-foundations-november-4-6-2019/

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Nov
8
to Nov 10

HRD K9 – Burials

Formerly known as Level 2, this workshop will provide teams a concentrated focus on training for the detection of buried human remains. Teams will be able to work through three unique stations over the course of the three day workshop:

Burials that haven’t been contaminated by surface decomposition

A cemetery including exposure to Ground Penetrating Radar

Real world scenario based work.

Stations will also be set up throughout the course to provide continuous opportunities for exposure to large scale surface remains and solidifying the final response. This course is for intermediate and advanced teams.

Space is limited to 36 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots are available.

Instructors: Lisa Higgins, Brad Dennis, Paul S. Martin, Deana Hudgins and others

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $375, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training.
2. Dog must have a reliable trained final response for HRD.
3. You must have completed the Foundations workshop prior to attending the Burials workshop. This could have been completed through attendance at one of the 2017 or 2018 HRD Specialized K9 Trainings in Ohio or at one of the Level 1 classes at Western Carolina University from 2012 – May 2016.
4. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted.

Register at https://thecfte.com/product/hrd-k9-burials/

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Dec
6
to Dec 7

Human Remains Detection Advanced Scenario Training

The Center for Forensic Training and Education will be offering a unique training opportunity for HRD teams to spend two full days working through six unique full body scenarios. Teams from local, state and federal levels will experience scenarios designed to mimic recent Human Remains Detection deployments including; wide area, shoreline, vehicles, primary and secondary searches. At each station handlers will have the opportunity to practice their search strategy briefing skills with the group leader, work the scenario as a single blind or known exercise, and report their recommendations based on the results of their search.

This is not an instructional workshop. It is an advanced scenario training opportunity for Urban and Wilderness handlers to challenge themselves and their canines through exposure to real world, full body exercises designed to elevate their handling and search strategy skills.

You can register at www.thecfte.com/courses/

Space is limited to 24 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots available.

 

Schedule: December 5 – Mandatory Briefing @ 1800

December 6 – Scenarios 0900 – 1600

December 7 – Scenarios 0900 – 1600

 

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $400, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training at the time of the workshop.
2. You should have, or be preparing to take a HRD Land certification from a national or state agency. If you have a current certification a copy can be uploaded during the registration process.
3. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted. Information can be found at:

https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/aaha_guidelines/aahas_canine_vaccination_guidelines.aspx

Copies can be emailed to info@thecfte.com and must be provided at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Payment must be received for registration to be complete. Once the registration form is complete you will receive a receipt and email confirmation.

REGISTER AT: https://thecfte.com/product/human-remains-detection-advanced-scenario-training-december-6-7-2019-in-xenia-oh/

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Dec
7
to Dec 8

Beyond Certification: Deployment-Readiness (Santa Paula, CA)

  • National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2019

Registration: https://searchdogfoundation.org/workshops/

Hours: 16

Handler Participant Registration Fee: $450 per student

Observer: $200 per student

Optional Room & Board Fee: $155 includes 2 night’s stay at SDF’s Handler’s Lodge and meals

Start changing the way you train! How you and your canine partner search on deployment is different from how you train to pass the CE/Type I. We will take you out of the Test Box! We will be focusing on deployment-readiness exercises utilizing many of the disaster props at the NTC to give search teams exposure to as many different deployment scenarios as time allows. Instructors will observe, offer feedback and help you get to that next level of Search!

OVERVIEW

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), in conjunction with Instructors Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, are pleased to announce that we are opening the gates of our National Training Center (NTC) for a series of US&R Live Find team training weekends throughout 2019! These training weekends are an opportunity to work with your canine partner in a variety of real-world scenarios on 125 acres. You will receive quality one-on-one instruction delivered by Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, to include problem-solving and feedback. These two-day training weekends will be largely field-work, concentrating on disaster search that may include foundation training elements and wide area search scenarios, building and rubble search areas.

The description and objectives of each training weekend will vary. Each time, we will be able to accommodate up to sixteen (16) canine teams on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, up to ten (10) Observers may register for the full workshop in a hands-off capacity (no dogs), at a discounted rate. These training weekends are customized for and available to US&R Live Find canine teams only. Various levels of experience will be accommodated. 

PREREQUISITES

  1. All dogs must be:

  • Under control and well-behaved

  • Healthy

  • Dog may not be in heat

  • Non-aggressive

  • Trained indication on LF

  • Handlers must be affiliated with a recognized agency.

 

NOT required – Completion of Type II/FSA or Type I/CE certification(s).

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Jan
18
to Jan 19

TEEX FEMA K9 Open

  • College Station, TX USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Applications will be accepted August 1, 2019 through September 1, 2019. Applications may be submitted via email to Christy Bormann at Christy.Bormann@teex.tamu.edu. An email confirmation of receipt of each application will be sent as it is received. Each application will be assigned a number based on the order in which it was received. There is no limit to the number of teams that may submit applications from each FEMA Task Force. On Sept 3, 2019 numbers will be drawn via random lottery to determine the order in which teams will be invited to participate. All available slots in the training will be filled on Sept 3, 2019 and emails will be sent to those handlers that have spots in the training. The remaining teams will be assigned to a waiting list in the order in which their numbers are drawn. The teams on the waiting list will be notified regarding their position on the waiting list on Sept 3, 2019. If space becomes available to allow the participation of a wait listed team, that team will be notified when space becomes available for them. There will be no substitutions. If a team cannot attend the training, the next team on the waiting list will be offered the spot. Notification date is subject to change should TX-TF1 be deployed on Sept 3, 2019.

Application can be found in https://www.facebook.com/groups/955503007820932/

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Jul
12
to Jul 14

Water HRD K9 Workshop

This workshop is designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of Human Remains Detection dogs and handlers working in a still water environment. During the three day training we will focus on improving both the K9 and handler’s search strategy and skills in a still water environment. We will cover special considerations for water searches and minimum handler and K9 safety recommendations. There will be multiple opportunities each day to work large training sources from boats and along the shoreline.

Teams will benefit most from this course if they have had at least some experience working from a boat prior to attending.

Space is limited to 10 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots available.

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $375, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training.
2. Dog must have a reliable trained final response for HRD.
3. All handlers participating in the training must have a current land certification. A copy must be uploaded during the registration process.
4.Handlers must bring a PFD to the training. K9 PFD is optional.
5.Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted.

Register at https://thecfte.com/product/water-hrd-k9-workshop/

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Jun
29
to Jun 30

Back to Basics (Santa Paula, CA)

  • National Distaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019

Registration: https://searchdogfoundation.org/workshops/

Hours: 16

Handler Participant Registration Fee: $450 per student

Observer: $200 per student

Optional Room & Board Fee: $155 includes 2 night’s stay at SDF’s Handler’s Lodge and meals

This weekend will focus on strengthening training skills that are the bedrock of Search Dog work! Training elements from the FEMA Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) / SUS&R Type II test will be folded in to help both green teams preparing to test and seasoned teams who could use a refresher, as well as those who may need help in specific areas. The stronger the foundation, the better the team! In addition, a portion of the weekend will focus on Advanced Reward Systems, once referred to as “Drive & Decoy” training. Handlers will learn how to develop and channel drive, as well as better motivate a variety of breeds, so as to get the most out of each Search Dog on their task force.

OVERVIEW

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), in conjunction with Instructors Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, are pleased to announce that we are opening the gates of our National Training Center (NTC) for a series of US&R Live Find team training weekends throughout 2019! These training weekends are an opportunity to work with your canine partner in a variety of real-world scenarios on 125 acres. You will receive quality one-on-one instruction delivered by Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, to include problem-solving and feedback. These two-day training weekends will be largely field-work, concentrating on disaster search that may include foundation training elements and wide area search scenarios, building and rubble search areas.

The description and objectives of each training weekend will vary. Each time, we will be able to accommodate up to sixteen (16) canine teams on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, up to ten (10) Observers may register for the full workshop in a hands-off capacity (no dogs), at a discounted rate. These training weekends are customized for and available to US&R Live Find canine teams only. Various levels of experience will be accommodated. 

PREREQUISITES

  1. All dogs must be:

  • Under control and well-behaved

  • Healthy

  • Dog may not be in heat

  • Non-aggressive

  • Trained indication on LF

  • Handlers must be affiliated with a recognized agency.

 

NOT required – Completion of Type II/FSA or Type I/CE certification(s).

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Jun
21
to Jun 23

HRD K9 – Foundations

This land-based workshop allows participants to work search areas including grassy fields, woods, urban environments, and buildings. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition. Classroom instruction will include the human decomposition process, bone identification, forensic taphonomy, and much more. 

Space is limited to 36 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots are available. 

Schedule: Day 1 – focus on solidifying the final response and reward systems, which will immediately coincide with small group exercises to reinforce the trained final response.

Afternoon Day 1 - Day 2 we will maintain our distinct approach with three field exercise periods that include stations that reinforce team techniques in building searches, area search, and working on full body decomposition.

Day 3 - a full day of training and will feature additional final response training, and an additional opportunity to work on full body decomposition and isolated large source remains.

Instructors: Lisa Higgins, Brad Dennis, Paul S. Martin, Deana Hudgins, and others.

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $375, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training.
2. Dog must have a reliable trained final response for HRD.
3. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted.

Register at https://thecfte.com/product/hrd-k9-foundations/

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Jun
12
to Jun 13

Human Remains Detection & Live Find Canine Training Course: Level 1

  • Center for Forensic Anthropology Research @ Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This two-day intensive workshop is designed to expose experienced K9 teams to the continuum of advanced decomposition. This is the first time the CFAR has made their facility available for canine training. This workshop is focused on HRD, however limited enrollment is available for live find K9 teams. Field exercises include exposure to whole body human remains in various stages of advanced decomposition, including unprocessed human skeletal remains.

Scenarios are modeled after those frequently encountered in search missions and include: (a) whole body exposure; (b) rubble pile search; (c) water shoreline search; (d) abandoned building search; and (e) clandestine concealment in industrial barrel search.

Field exercises will be supplemented by two “lunch and learn” lecture modules. Lectures include: Understanding the Importance of Region-Specific Decomposition Models: Decomposition in Southern Illinois and Legal Qualifications and Documenting your Experience and Training

Instructor and Training Staff:

  • Christiane Baigent, M.Sc. – SIU Department of Anthropology

  • Jennifer Brobst, J.D. – SIU School of Law, Assistant Professor of Law

  • Gretchen Dabbs, PhD - SIU Department of Anthropology, Associate Professor and Director of Complex for Forensic Anthropology Research (CFAR)

  • Deana Hudgins – Center for Forensic Training and Education, FEMA HRD/Live Find Handler & Instructor; NASAR Evaluator; AERIE Evaluator

  • Kathleen Kelsey – Working Dog Enterprises, FEMA HRD/Live Find Handler, Evaluator & Instructor; NSDA HRD/Live Find Disaster and Land Evaluator; AERIE Chief Disaster Evaluator, McLean County EMA (IL) HRD Handler

  • Erin Perry, PhD – SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, Assistant Professor, Animal Science Food and Nutrition, FEMA Search and Rescue Live Find Handler, Evaluator & Instructor

Enrollment

Location: Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.
Cost: $425/handler (one dog only)

Enrollment includes snacks, water, lunch, facility and classroom access, all training materials (including hard copies of classroom materials), and a t-shirt.

Prerequisites: Out of concern for our active research and our human donors, applicants are required to apply for participation by submitting: (1) an application; (2) proof of current National Certification or a letter of support from a sponsoring team or law enforcement agency; and (3) a photograph of your canine partner.

COURSE APPLICATION: https://form.jotform.com/90376404282153 Please submit supporting documentation in a single email to Christiane Baigent (Christiane.baigent@siu.edu). Please allow one week for response following the submission of materials. Application does not guarantee a spot in the course. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received until the course capacity has been filled.

** If the course does not have suitable enrollment on May 31, applicants will be notified of course cancellation**

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Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop: Nebraska
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop: Nebraska

These events are designed for intermediate to advanced K9 teams that are looking for non-instructional training opportunities. Our open workshops are a mixture of simple to complex motivational scent evolutions and realistic scenarios to encourage thoughtful search strategy development. While there is no formal instructional component to these events, our highly experienced group leaders are always happy to offer training or management advice upon request.

Register: https://superfitcanine.com/new-page-2/

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May
25
to May 27

Area Search (Live/HRD) Scenario Challenges

Ready to test your skills as a team and push your training to the next level?   This is the seminar for you and your K9 partner. We will be utilizing diverse training areas which will allow us to have a variety of challenging scenario exercises focusing on realistic search scenarios for both live and HRD dogs.
 
This seminar is designed for intermediate to advanced Area Search teams (both live and HRD). 

This is a unique training event, in that there will be less ‘instruction’ and a greater focus on scenarios and challenges for the K9/handler team. There will also be sufficient time for team debriefing with instructors and participants to work through the various scenarios and activities.  
 
Topics Covered:

  • Effective search strategy

  • Teamwork

  • Training and working through unique and challenging distractions

  • Environmental acclimation to various challenging conditions

Trainers:  
Brianna Acevedo
Courtney Brown

Details: 
When:   May 25-27, 2019
(Event Hours:  Seminar daily schedule will vary.  The seminar will conclude at noon on Monday)

Where: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost:   $300 per handler with ONE dog.    
$175 Audit (no dog).  This also includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

**Due to the focus of this seminar, we are limiting this to one dog per handler so you can focus on getting the most out of the exercises and scenarios over the entire weekend.

Register at http://www.sdona.org/az-area-livehrd-scenarios-may-2019.html

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May
9
to May 11

HRD Advanced Scenario Training

The Center for Forensic Training and Education will be offering a unique training opportunity for certified, operational HRD teams where you will spend two full days working through six unique full body scenarios.

At each station handlers will have the opportunity to practice their search strategy briefing skills with the group leader, on their, work the scenario as a single blind exercise. Handlers will also have the opportunity to practice their debriefing and receive individual feedback from each exercise to include ways to improve communication of their search strategy and findings.

This is not an instructional workshop. It is an advanced scenario training opportunity for handlers to push themselves and their operational canines through exposure to real world, full body exercises.

Space is limited to 60 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots available.

Schedule: 
May 9 – Mandatory Briefing @ 1800
May 10 – Scenarios 0900 – 1700
May 11 – Scenarios 0900 – 1700

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $350, Auditor Spot $150

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

Prerequisites:
1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training at the time of the workshop.
2. You must have a current HRD Land certification from a national or state agency. A copy must be uploaded during the registration process.
3. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted.

Register at https://thecfte.com/product/hrd-advanced-scenario-training-2/

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May
7
to May 9

Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3) *3 DAY*

  • Spring City, TN United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3) course is a three-day HANDS-ON, intensive training focusing on treatment of working dog emergencies in the field. The course incorporates current TCCC and TECC guidelines with K9 specific anatomy and physiology to provide the most up-to-date life saving information available for working dogs. Training includes multiple interactive, casualty response situations in simulated tactical environments, using canine mannequins and other realistic training aids in dynamic scenarios. 

Participants: The interactive course is suitable for K9 handlers, tactical medics, veterinary and animal care personnel of all skill levels.  Training is broken down into skill levels.  No one will leave feeling overwhelmed or under-challenged! 

Topics Covered: 

Canine aid bags and emergency kits 
Gunshot and penetrating wounds 
Blunt trauma 
Blast, burn, and smoke inhalation injuries 
IV fluid therapy 
Heat Injury 
Gastric dilation-volvulus 
Exposure to explosives and drugs 
Emergency planning and MEDEVAC 
Management decisions with the critically injured K9 

Hands-On Skills Labs including: 

Airway and respiratory management (ET intubation, surgical airway, needle decompression of tension pneumothorax) 
Needle decompression of gastric dilation-volvulus 
IV, IO, and SQ Fluid Administration 

Course materials and certificate of attendance for 16 contact hours are included in the course.

Host: Gun Dog Development, Inc

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4980396639639024897

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Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop: Northern CA
May
4
to May 5

Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop: Northern CA

These events are designed for intermediate to advanced K9 teams that are looking for non-instructional training opportunities. Our open workshops are a mixture of simple to complex motivational scent evolutions and realistic scenarios to encourage thoughtful search strategy development. While there is no formal instructional component to these events, our highly experienced group leaders are always happy to offer training or management advice upon request.

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

Mass Casualty HRD Dog Workshop

Fort Riley gives a wide range of venues to challenge all teams. This training is geared to all levels of HRD dogs and handlers. Instructors have carefully planned each prop to allow handlers the opportunity to work residual to large source. Instructors will provide feedback and coaching for students based on training goals outlined prior to each exercise.

Possible environments include:

Close Quarters – Whether it be an automobile line up or a building search, our training scenarios will focus on odor movement to challenge the handler’s understanding of scent theory and to teach their K9 partner about sourcing strongest point of odor. Large scent sources down to trace amounts will be provided.

Rubble piles – Access to rubble will allow students to provide the amount of technical difficulty needed for their dog. Again, focus will be on odor movement, completion of the trained final response while out of sight and agility. Larger scent sources will be used.

Wide Area Search – Allowing a dog to stretch its legs and provide longer nose time, these scenarios will allow handlers to watch body language from a distance. Larger scent sources and trace amounts will be used across multiple stations.

Throughout the three days, handlers will enjoy new scenarios for each type of environment and short classroom sessions over lunch.

Classroom topics will include reward systems and strengthening the trained final response, odor availability and environmental movement, and documentation requirements for training logs and search reports.

All instructors are nationally known and have extensive experience working with students of all skill levels.

Instructors include: Greg Cole, Brad Dennis, Lisa Higgins, Robin Greubel, Paul Martin, and others pending

Assistant Instructors: Jennifer Hirakawa, Amanda O'Banion, Gary Swift, Heather Swift

Logistics: Kassandra Gallaghan, Paul and Lori Schneegass

A collaboration between: K9Sensus Foundation, HRD Specialized K9 Training, TASKS K9 and Snow Alley Search and Recovery

Registration: https://www.k9sensus.org/events/2019-mass-casualty-hrd-dog-workshop-ks

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Apr
23
to Apr 24

Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3)

  • 670 N. Eastern Boulevard Fayetteville, NC 28301 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3) course is a two-day HANDS-ON, intensive training focusing on treatment of working dog emergencies in the field. The course incorporates current TCCC and TECC guidelines with K9 specific anatomy and physiology to provide the most up-to-date life saving information available for working dogs. Training includes multiple interactive, casualty response situations in simulated tactical environments, using canine mannequins and other realistic training aids in dynamic scenarios. 

Participants: The interactive course is suitable for K9 handlers, tactical medics, veterinary and animal care personnel of all skill levels.  Training is broken down into skill levels.  No one will leave feeling overwhelmed or under-challenged! 

Topics Covered: 

Canine aid bags and emergency kits 
Gunshot and penetrating wounds 
Blunt trauma 
Blast, burn, and smoke inhalation injuries 
IV fluid therapy 
Heat Injury 
Gastric dilation-volvulus 
Exposure to explosives and drugs 
Emergency planning and MEDEVAC 
Management decisions with the critically injured K9 

Hands-On Skills Labs including: 

Airway and respiratory management (ET intubation, surgical airway, needle decompression of tension pneumothorax) 
Needle decompression of gastric dilation-volvulus 
IV, IO, and SQ Fluid Administration 

Course materials and certificate of attendance for 16 contact hours are included in the course.

Host: Fayetteville Police Department

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3451011152651099905

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Apr
12
to Apr 14

Building and Vehicle Search Strategies and Legal Considerations for HRD K9s

  • Coconino County Sheriff's Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The seminar will consist of classroom and field instruction.  Steven Warburton & Donal Trusty will be covering LE aspects of search for detection K9s.  Bill Dotson will be focusing on SAR related information surrounding best practice for structured building and vehicle search.  John Walker will lead a group discussion on legal issues surrounding K9 SAR search and give concrete advice regarding legal testimony.  The seminar will provide a legal interview and debrief for working handlers to maximize individualized learning potential.  This mock courtroom legal interview will be invaluable in the event that you get subpoenaed to court.

Topics Covered:

  • Search strategies for buildings and vehicle searches for detection K9s

  • Legal considerations 

  • Best practices for courtroom testimony (preparation, documentation, etc..)


Trainers:
Bill Dotson
Steve Warburton
Donal Trusty
 
Details: 
When:   April 12-14, 2019
(Event Hours:  0800-1700 Friday, Saturday and 0800-1200 Sunday)
  
Where:  Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, 911 East Sawmill , Flagstaff, Arizona 

Cost:   $275 per handler with dog; $150 per handler without dog.

Lunch will be included on site Friday and Saturday.

Register at http://www.sdona.org/building-vehicle-for-hrd-k9s.html

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Mar
19
to Mar 20

Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3)

  • North Net Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tactical Canine Casualty Care (TC3) course is a two-day HANDS-ON, intensive training focusing on treatment of working dog emergencies in the field. The course incorporates current TCCC and TECC guidelines with K9 specific anatomy and physiology to provide the most up-to-date life saving information available for working dogs. Training includes multiple interactive, casualty response situations in simulated tactical environments, using canine mannequins and other realistic training aids in dynamic scenarios. 

Participants: The interactive course is suitable for K9 handlers, tactical medics, veterinary and animal care personnel of all skill levels.  Training is broken down into skill levels.  No one will leave feeling overwhelmed or under-challenged! 

Topics Covered: 

Canine aid bags and emergency kits 
Gunshot and penetrating wounds 
Blunt trauma 
Blast, burn, and smoke inhalation injuries 
IV fluid therapy 
Heat Injury 
Gastric dilation-volvulus 
Exposure to explosives and drugs 
Emergency planning and MEDEVAC 
Management decisions with the critically injured K9 

Hands-On Skills Labs including: 

Airway and respiratory management (ET intubation, surgical airway, needle decompression of tension pneumothorax) 
Needle decompression of gastric dilation-volvulus 
IV, IO, and SQ Fluid Administration 

Course materials and certificate of attendance for 16 contact hours are included in the course.

Host: Anaheim Police K9 Unit

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6006867713963171586

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Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop (Tulsa, OK)
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Superfit Canine Disaster Live Find/HRD K9 Workshop (Tulsa, OK)

These events are designed for intermediate to advanced K9 teams that are looking for non-instructional training opportunities. Our open workshops are a mixture of simple to complex motivational scent evolutions and realistic scenarios to encourage thoughtful search strategy development. While there is no formal instructional component to these events, our highly experienced group leaders are always happy to offer training or management advice upon request.

Register: https://superfitcanine.com/new-page-2/

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Feb
16
to Feb 17

Fun Hunts & Advanced Reward Systems (Santa Paula, CA)

  • National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019

Registration: https://searchdogfoundation.org/workshops/

Hours: 16

Handler Participant Registration Fee: $450 per student

Observer: $200 per student

Optional Room & Board Fee: $155 includes 2 night’s stay at SDF’s Handler’s Lodge and meals

We will kick off 2019 with a variety of “Fun Hunts” that will test each Handler’s ability to safely navigate themselves and their canine partners through a variety of disaster scenarios designed by Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett. As Instructors, Teresa and Deborah will observe and critique the teams’ ability to locate live victims for rescue, and apply problem solving techniques. In addition, a portion of the weekend will focus on Advanced Reward Systems, once referred to as “Drive & Decoy” training. Handlers will learn how to develop and channel drive, as well as better motivate a variety of breeds, so as to get the most out of each Search Dog on their task force.

OVERVIEW

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), in conjunction with Instructors Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, are pleased to announce that we are opening the gates of our National Training Center (NTC) for a series of US&R Live Find team training weekends throughout 2019! These training weekends are an opportunity to work with your canine partner in a variety of real-world scenarios on 125 acres. You will receive quality one-on-one instruction delivered by Teresa MacPherson and Deborah Burnett, to include problem-solving and feedback. These two-day training weekends will be largely field-work, concentrating on disaster search that may include foundation training elements and wide area search scenarios, building and rubble search areas.

The description and objectives of each training weekend will vary. Each time, we will be able to accommodate up to sixteen (16) canine teams on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, up to ten (10) Observers may register for the full workshop in a hands-off capacity (no dogs), at a discounted rate. These training weekends are customized for and available to US&R Live Find canine teams only. Various levels of experience will be accommodated. 

PREREQUISITES

  1. All dogs must be:

  • Under control and well-behaved

  • Healthy

  • Dog may not be in heat

  • Non-aggressive

  • Trained indication on LF

  • Handlers must be affiliated with a recognized agency.

 

NOT required – Completion of Type II/FSA or Type I/CE certification(s).

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Disaster K9 Worksop (Santa Paula, CA)
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Disaster K9 Worksop (Santa Paula, CA)

  • National Disaster Search Dog Foundation's (SDF) National Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2 day Live Find/HRD disaster K9 workshop hosted by Superfit Canine at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation's (SDF) National Training Center in Santa Paula, CA. SDF's National Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility that occupies 125 acres of land in the Santa Paula Foothills, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. 

  • A variety of operational areas: Rubble, Train Crash, Collapsed Freeway, Wilderness/Wide Area, Indication Stations, Agility
  • Limit 1 dog per handler for working spots (HRD OR Live Find)
  • Dogs should be comfortable on rubble and have a reliable final response
  • As this workshop is designed for deployment-ready disaster K9 teams, priority registration is given to FEMA/SUSAR Certified Teams. All teams associated with a federal, state, or local agency (certified and not-certified are encouraged to apply for registration).

This non-instructional workshop will allow handlers to expose their dogs to a variety of search problems in a supportive environment.

Superfit Canine prides themselves in providing training opportunities designed to strengthen deployment ready K9 teams. While most of their workshops are not formally instructional, they only utilize highly experienced working K9 handlers and other professionals to provide leadership to the teams that attend our events.

Meals

  • Lunch and snacks will be provided on both workshop days
  • Other meals are the responsibility of the registrant

Lodging

  • Lodging is the responsibility of the registrant.
  • On site barracks lodging is available by reservation only and at the cost of the registrant. Details TBD.

Air Travel

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
  • Burbank Airport (BUR)

Registration

  • Working spot (with K9) $395
  • Audit Spot (no K9) $195
  • To register: Complete the Registration Form to put your name on the list. An invoice will be emailed to you upon acceptance of your registration. Your registration is not complete until your payment is received.
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K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Normal, IL)
Nov
1
to Nov 4

K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Normal, IL)

This class brings in one of the top detection trainers, Mike Suttle from Logan Haus Kennels, to present a comprehensive class on detection theory and application. This class is suitable for all levels of K9s doing detection work in Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other related venues (HRD, narcotics, explosives, accelerants, etc..). This class focuses on the foundational skills and drills necessary for a reliable detection dog which means there will not be high levels of reps for the working dog spots. Time will be split between lectures, working on timing and criteria setting (using chickens as the teaching tool), and working the dogs that have a working spot.

Hosted by Search Dogs of North America (SDONA)

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K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Harrodsburg, KY)
Jul
26
to Jul 29

K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Harrodsburg, KY)

This class brings in one of the top detection trainers, Mike Suttle from Logan Haus Kennels, to present a comprehensive class on detection theory and application. This class is suitable for all levels of K9s doing detection work in Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other related venues (HRD, narcotics, explosives, accelerants, etc..). This class focuses on the foundational skills and drills necessary for a reliable detection dog which means there will not be high levels of reps for the working dog spots. Time will be split between lectures, working on timing and criteria setting (using chickens as the teaching tool), and working the dogs that have a working spot.  Hosted by Search Dogs of North America (SDONA)

This class is not suitable for dogs doing live find SAR dogs unless they are being transitioned to add HRD odor.  

Topics Covered:

  • The concept of how animals learn through the four quadrants of Operant Conditioning  
  • How to correctly use classical conditioning to prepare the dog for marker training
  • How to properly motivate the dog for training
  • Drive theory in training
  • Reward VS reinforcer
  • Timing of reinforcement
  • Primary/secondary reinforcers
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • Stimulus control
  • Behavior chains
  • K9 selection
  • Fundamentals of training an odor detector dog based on timing, criteria, and rate of reinforcement
  • Training tools and techniques to develop accurate and reliable detector dogs
  • How to teach dogs to ignore all distractor odors with no punishment
  • How to teach a focused Trained Final Response (TFR).
  • How to teach a dog to search a pattern independently of his handler

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Disaster K9 Workshop (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jul
23
to Jul 24

Disaster K9 Workshop (Salt Lake City, UT)

2 day Live Find/HRD disaster K9 workshop at Camp Williams, a National Guard Training site near Salt Lake City, Utah. 

  • A variety of search areas
  • Limit 1 dog per handler for working spots (HRD OR Live Find)
  • Dogs should be comfortable on rubble and have a reliable final response

This non-instructional workshop will allow handlers to expose their dogs to a variety of search problems in a supportive environment. 

Meals

  • Lunch and snacks will be provided on both days
  • Other meals are the responsibility of the registrant

Lodging

  • Lodging is the responsibility of the registrant

Air Travel

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

 

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Detection Training with Don Blair (Hollis, NH)
Jul
11
to Jul 15

Detection Training with Don Blair (Hollis, NH)

  • Canine Search Initiative (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don Blair is returning to NH to provide a series of semi-private / private sessions on July 11 and 12, and to provide a working detection seminar from July 13-15th. 

There will be 8 private/semi-private slots that will be filled on a first come first served basis. These slots will be 2 hours in length and will focus on the key issues that the handler would like to target. 

The 3 day working detection seminar will encompass lecture, demonstration and field work and will include information on diagnostic evaluation of the detection sequence, the "power" of the point to point, scent discrimination, and search sequence training. Handlers and dogs of all training levels are invited to participate. Available seminar aids include HR and nosework. Handlers working with narcotics, explosives, bedbugs, etc. will be asked to provide their own aids for the seminar. 

Cost: 
Semi-Private Sessions: each 2 hour session will cost $330 and can be shared across 1-4 handlers. 

Auditors for the semi-private sessions will be at the discretion of the attendees and when allowed will be for $50.00 each day. 

Working Detection Seminar: Working Slot: Full 3 days: $425.00
(limited to 10 working slots)

Auditors: All 3 days: $150.00
Single day rate for auditors: $75.00

Law enforcement personnel will have free audit access to the lecture portion on Friday July 13. 

Special rate: semi-private session and full 3 day seminar: contact the organizer!

Lunch: $12.00 per day (vegetarian / gluten free options available)

Dinner: July 13, 2018: $20.00: seminar dinner with Don (private residence)

For an event registration form: please email caninesearchinitiative@gmail.com

About Don: 
Don began his lifelong addiction to the canine profession at 8 years of age, training obedience on the family dog through a local 4-H program in Colorado. In his 40+ years of experience he has been deeply involved in a variety of canine fields. As a canine competitor and instructor he has titled numerous dog and handler teams to many titles in several disciplines. As a Police K-9 hander, Don and Police K9 “Ranger” had numerous felony apprehensions, hundreds of narcotic seizures and qualified 5 years straight for the United States Police Canine Association National Police Dog Trials. As a U.S. Customs and Customs and Border Protection canine instructor he trained over 60 classes of domestic, international, state and local law enforcement students in various courses. He has continued to instruct courses for other agencies including canine aggression, animal behavior, basic and advanced handling and deployment, detection (all areas) canine selection, decoy work, tracking/trailing and other animal and canine related courses. He has overseen the training and certification of hundreds of local, state, federal and international canine teams and is still active today as a decoy, trainer, Judge and seminar speaker. Don has been utilized as an Expert Witness in U.S. Federal Court for his expertise in canine detection and aggression. Don was detailed to Auburn University as a Chief Instructor for the Canine Detection Training Center and is currently a contract police canine trainer for several U.S. law enforcement entities. Don has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Canada and Mexico training, advising, problem solving and learning. Don holds the following accreditations- CPDT-KA, USPCA Regional Judge (all areas), K-9 Nose Work Judge and an AKC K9 Good Citizen Evaluator. He was a prior SWGDOG member and now serves as a member of the NIST Dogs and Sensors Subcommittee.

This seminar is organized and hosted by Canine Search Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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HURRICANE! Disaster K9 Workshop (VA Beach)
Jun
20
to Jun 21

HURRICANE! Disaster K9 Workshop (VA Beach)

2 day Live Find/HRD disaster K9 workshop in VA Beach, Virginia being held immediately following our 2-day, Enhancing the Reward Event workshop. Other details TBA.

  • Multiple rubble piles
  • Wide area
  • Potentially water ops. TBD
  • Hurricane focused training concepts and scenarios
  • Lessons from the field: The 2017 Hurricane response. Presented by VATF-2
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Enhancing the Reward Event: Channeling drive and building motivation in the Disaster K9 (Virginia Beach, VA)
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Enhancing the Reward Event: Channeling drive and building motivation in the Disaster K9 (Virginia Beach, VA)

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of individuals responsible for training dogs for live find disaster search and rescue operations. The course will focus on creating the proper foundation techniques to develop the skilled canine helper and to develop or enhance the behaviors required for the modern live find disaster search dog.

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.

The course consists of 100% practical field exercises and will be physically demanding for course participants. Course activities focus on canine and human behavior, how dogs learn, proper execution for selection, timing and delivery of rewards. The course emphasizes the importance of developing and executing strategies with individual dogs based on their breed, natural motivators and level of experience. The course is most suitable for dogs 1 year of age and older but flexible enough to accommodate dogs of younger ages and a variety of experience levels.

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.

Lead instructor: Darrell Wilkerson, Program Director/ Head Trainer at Ground Zero Emergency Training Center

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Canine Wellness Workshop
May
5
to May 6

Canine Wellness Workshop

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

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), in conjunction with instructors Dr. Cynthia Otto, Tracy Darling and Dr. Erin Perry, is pleased to announce this outstanding training opportunity! We will be offering a Canine Wellness training workshop at our National Training Center (NTC) in Santa Paula, CA, May 5-6, 2018, as part of our mission to strengthen disaster response in America. This course will only be offered by SDF once in 2018 and is available to twenty (20) canine Handlers on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, up to ten (10) Observers may register for the full workshop in a hands-off capacity. This workshop is being made available to our nation’s Handlers of working canines only.

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

For questions regarding this course, please contact: Kate Horwick at (805) 646-1015 ext. 109 or email kate@searchdogfoundation.org

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K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Normal, IL)
May
3
to May 6

K9 Scent Theory and Detection with Mike Suttle (Normal, IL)

This class brings in one of the top detection trainers, Mike Suttle from Logan Haus Kennels, to present a comprehensive class on detection theory and application. This class is suitable for all levels of K9s doing detection work in Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other related venues (HRD, narcotics, explosives, accelerants, etc..). This class focuses on the foundational skills and drills necessary for a reliable detection dog which means there will not be high levels of reps for the working dog spots. Time will be split between lectures, working on timing and criteria setting (using chickens as the teaching tool), and working the dogs that have a working spot.

Hosted by Search Dogs of North America (SDONA)

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2018 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr
20
to Apr 23

2018 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference (Philadelphia, PA)

Creating the Working Dog: Puppy to Professional

This 4-day educational event that strives to advance the health and performance of our nation’s working dogs through sharing of cutting edge scientific discoveries and applied techniques. Attendees include veterinarians and technicians, trainers, handlers, breeders, and scientists. Registration is limited to 250 attendees to maintain the collaborative and open environment for which the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference is known.

 

 

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