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Introduction to Hard Surface Tracking (HST) for Police K9s

May 19, 2015 - May 21, 2015

Tarheel Canine Presents a 3-Day Intensive Seminar
 Introduction to Hard Surface Tracking (HST) for Police K9s
Huntington WV Police Department – Huntington, WV
May 19 – 21, 2015

Urban and suburban areas are becoming more and more the place where police K9 tracking dogs are being deployed, yet many dogs, through being trained only on soft surfaces, may be ineffective in such environments. In this 3 day seminar, you will learn how to teach your dog to perform efficiently on hard surface tracks resulting in more apprehensions in the toughest conditions.

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 with K9s. Observers and supervisors are welcome to attend, and there is no limit on their attendance. The class will comprise both classroom instruction and practical work.

In this 3 day seminar students will:

  • Learn the history of tracking/trailing as it pertains to Police K9s
  • Understand what drives and temperament characteristics are needed to train a HST K9
  • Understand how this style of tracking fits into the modern K9 environment.
  • Learn a complete training progression for developing a HST K9
  • Understand what equipment is required and what training aids are needed for successful training of HST
  • Learn through hands on training how to lay tracks in a HST environment
  • Understand how environmental factors affect the laying and running of HST at all levels
  • Learn through hands on training how to handle their dog on HST tracks, at the critical points on the track.
  • Learn how to read dogs in training and on HST Tracks
  • Understand how to move through the training progression and troubleshoot problems
  • Learn how to deploy a HST K9 in a tactical environment

Students should come to the seminar with the following equipment: a flat collar, properly fitting prong collar, 6’ leash, 15’ leash, and food for the dog. We recommend chicken hot dogs in a fairly large quantity for the 3 day seminar (3-4 large packages).

REGISTRATION FORM for participants and auditors

Contact Information

Sgt. Levi Livingston – K9 Unit Supervisor
Huntington Police Department
Work (304) 696-4404
Cell (304) 544-8442
Email llivingston@hpdwv.com

 Cpl. Mike Chornobay – Training Coordinator
Huntington Police Department
675 10th Street Huntington WV 25701
304-696-5560 Ext.1044
304-544-4646 Mobile


May 19, 2015
May 21, 2015


Huntington WV Police Department
Huntington, 25701 United States + Google Map