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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K9 Tacitical Emergency Casualty Care (Calvert County, MD)
Apr
17
to Apr 18

K9 Tacitical Emergency Casualty Care (Calvert County, MD)

The K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care 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.

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HRD workshop at Crisis City
Apr
13
to Apr 15

HRD workshop at Crisis City

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.  The following environments will be used:

Close Quarters – Whether it be a train derailment, 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 large heavy rubble and a pallet pile 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.

Join us for a full three days of hands on field work at this exciting venue!

Instructors (Here are the bios)
Greg Cole
Lisa Higgins
Robin Greubel
Paul Martin
Craig Schultz

Host Organizations:

Paws of Life
TASKS Search & Recovery
HRD Specialized K9 Training

 

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Chicken Training Workshop: Learning theory to strengthen working dog teams (Virginia)
Apr
11
to Apr 13

Chicken Training Workshop: Learning theory to strengthen working dog teams (Virginia)

The instructors take the students through the theory of learning, and immediately put the concepts to use with the chicken flock. Chickens are very literal and unforgiving, timing a little off – they will let you know! Push them a little hard – they will flap their wings and leave! Working closely with the instructors, the students master the skills and move straight into the four-legged world, translating the information just learned into meaningful techniques with their own working dog.

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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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