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Detection Training with Don Blair (Hollis, NH)

  • Canine Search Initiative Hollis, New Hampshire USA (map)

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. 

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

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