Police K9 Decoy Seminar, Hagerstown, MD PD Sep 19-21, 2012

Police K9 Decoy Seminar

Hagerstown Police Department

Hagerstown, MD

September 19-21, 2012

A lack of decoy skill will reflect in the poor performance of patrol dogs. There is no way around it, decoy skills in the police K9 world need to improve to have the performance of patrol K9s improve. The good news is, these skills can be taught.
This class will take place over 3 working days, 24 hours of instruction, and be open to Law Enforcement/Military participants. The class will be open to up to 15 participants. Supervisors are welcome to attend. The class will comprise both classroom instruction and practical decoy work. Classroom work will cover reading K9 behavior during controlled aggression, drive manipulation, and goal setting for training sessions. Practical instruction will include proper technique in the suit and hidden sleeve. Proper mechanics for safely catching police dogs in training, and techniques to work dogs to their goals in foundation and skills training will be covered in depth.

Specific Skills Taught

Decoy as an instrument of operant conditioning.
Alert on passive suspects with no equipment
Bringing out civil aggression.
Drive channeling
Eliminate equipment orientation in any dog.
Proper sleeve mechanics: sleeves don’t create equipment orientation, decoys do.
Proper Bite suit targeting and “catch” mechanics.
Proper use of hidden sleeves and muzzle fighting.
Explanation of decoy technique for training and maintaining control commands: out, guarding, hold & bark, redirects, and call-off (recalls).
Integrating fundamentals into police K9 training scenarios.

Top level decoy work will increase the ability of your patrol K9s to make apprehensions with confidence, protect your handlers, eliminate equipment orientation, and be an asset in preparing your handlers for success in certification with clean, conflict free outs, and recalls.

Improve the efficiency of your limited training time with your decoys by learning how to integrate fundamental & skill exercises into real-world scenarios.
Jerry Bradshaw, Training Director
Tarheel Canine Training Inc.
Police K9 Services
230 W. Seawell Street
Sanford, NC 27330
Tel. 919-774-4152
Fax. 919-776-3151
Cell. 919-244-8044 (Sales & Scheduling)



Registration Form

Please send this in to register for the seminar. A schedule of events will be provided upon receipt of the registration. Payment can also be made by Faxing in this form 919-776-3151 and calling Office Manager, Tarheel Canine at 919-774-4152 and paying with a credit card. Municipal PO also accepted for payment.

Send to: Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. PO Box 1694, Sanford, NC 27330.

Name _________________________________________________________________

Agency Affiliation _______________________________________________________

Yes, I am bringing a patrol K9 _______ No, I am unable to bring a patrol K9 ______.

K9 Certified with ________________________________________ (Agency or Organization)

Address ___________________________________ State__________ Zip ____________

Tel # ____________________ (C) ____________________ (W) E-Mail________________

Handler participating $225
Spectator participating $100
No pro-rated attendance.

$_______ is enclosed. Make Checks Payable to Tarheel Canine Training, Inc.

This release is intended to discharge Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. and their owners, officers, employees, agents, sponsors, and the Hagerstown Police Department from and against any and all liability arising out of or in connection with my participation in any of the seminar events for which I am registered or in which I am participating.
I understand that serious accidents can occur during police dog training, events, and other dog-related activities. Participation in such activities may occasionally result in serious personal injury and/or property damages. Knowing and appreciating such risks, nevertheless, I hereby agree to assume those risks and full responsibility for the actions of my dog(s) and myself.
By signing below I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to this hold harmless agreement.

_____________________________ __________
Applicant’s Signature Date




Training Site:

Washington County Ag Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro MD 21713


From I-70 East or West: Exit #29 (Sharpsburg Pike-MD Route 65) South approximately 7 miles on left.

From Hagerstown Center Square: Potomac Street (MD Route 65) South approximately 10 miles on left.

From Sharpsburg: Maryland Route 65 North approx. 4 miles on right.

From PA and Points North: I-81 South to I-70 East to Exit #29 ( Sharpsburg Pike-MD route 65) South approximately 8 miles on left.

From Virginia/west Virginia and Points South: I-81 North to I-70 East to Exit 29 (Sharpsburg Pike-MD Route 65) South approx. 8 miles on left.

Points of Contact

LOCAL: Patty Shantz, Hagerstown Police Department, MD, pshantz@hagerstownpd.org 301 790-3700

SEMINAR INFO: Jerry Bradshaw, Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. 919 244-8044, jbradshaw@tarheelcanine.com

Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. 919 774-4152, (Registrations/Payments)


Hotel Information

Sleep Inn and Suites
18216 Colonel Henry Douglas Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
$78 a night but if they mention they are coming for this school it is $72 and $10 for the dog.
This is closest to the main training sight.

If you are coming in on I-70 you take Exit 29 , SR-65 South. Hotel is right behind Cracker Barrel. From I-81 take I-70 East to Exit 29.

Holiday Inn Express
241 Railway Lane
Hagerstown MD. 21740
$79 a night and $25 for the dog.

Hotel is located off I-81 at exit 5A. Turn left onto Wesel Blvd at first light. Turn left at first light onto railway lane. Follow to end of street.