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Canine Wellness Workshop

  • Search Dog Foundation, National Training Center 6800 Wheeler Canyon Road Santa Paula, CA, 93060 United States (map)

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