K9 Course Descriptions

Police K9 Handler Course
Police K9 Explosives Dog Handler Course
Police K9 Instructors Course, Dual Purpose
Police K9 Instructors Course, Detection
Police K-9 Narcotics Supervisor Seminar
Explosives Detection Supervisor Course

Police K-9 Handler Course

This course is provided free of charge with every K9 purchased through Tarheel Canine, and is open to other agencies wishing to retrain a handler with an existing dog that was trained either by Tarheel Canine, or another vendor (pending an evaluation prior to the course). This course provides basic handling techniques, and a series of lectures on Patrol, narcotics or explosives detection deployment, tracking/trailing, apprehension training, maintenence training, case law, record keeping. ( Police K9 Handler Course Outline )

Police K-9 Explosives Detection Dog Handler Course

The handler course will be a 3-week course of training including both lectures (powerpoint presentation) and practical instruction, based out of Tarheel Canine Training Inc. We shall cover the following topics with each handler with the goal that each handler will learn the mechanics of conducting searches with an explosives detection K9 and be able to continue to improve performance, and learn to avoid common problems encountered in maintenance of trained dogs. Remediation procedures will also be covered.
(Police K9 Handler Explosives Detection Course Outline)

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Police K-9 Instructor’s Course – Dual Purpose

This course will prepare you to train and conduct in-service training for Police K-9 functions of scent discrimination trailing, evidence recovery, handler protection, criminal apprehension, building and area search, narcotics detection, explosives detection, and cadaver recovery. Blocks of instruction cover selection and testing police dog candidates, tactical deployment & officer safety issues, setting up training scenarios, search and seizure law, and decoy technique. (6, 8, 12-week courses available).

This course will prepare the student to conduct in-service training for police K-9 functions of trailing, evidence search, handler protection, criminal apprehension, building search, narcotics detection, explosives detection, cadaver detection. Selection testing of police dog prospects, tactical deployment, search and seizure law, and decoy techniques will also be covered. Extensive hands on training of dogs for dual-purpose functions, and detection functions will also be completed during the course. This outline is for the full 12-week course. Shorter courses will not deal with explosives detection. ( Instructor’s Dual Purpose – Course Outline )

Police K-9 Instructor’s Course – Detection

This course will prepare the student to conduct in-service training for police K-9 functions, concentrating on obedience, learning theory, narcotics detection, explosives detection, cadaver detection. Selection testing of police dog prospects, tactical deployment, and search and seizure law will also be covered. Extensive hands on training of dogs for detection functions will also be completed during the course. This is for a 6-week course. ( Instructor’s Detection / Course Outline )

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K-9 Narcotics Detection Supervisor Course

This seminar covers 3 days and 24 hours of instruction, and we can accommodate up to 10 dog teams and supervisors, mixing both classroom and practical work. Evaluations of each team will be conducted. Problem solving alerts, searching behavior, handler cues, false alerting will be addressed. Advanced scenarios, and certification tests can be performed. Classroom work includes methods for handling and keeping training aids, record keeping, maintaining proficiency, search and seizure law, and recent forensic chemistry discoveries impacting detection work. ( Supervisor’s Narcotics Detection Course Outline )

K-9 Explosives Detection Supervisor Course

Explosives Detection Supervisor Course: This is a one week course dealing with the administrative issues of running a K9 unit from proper dog selection, practical issues of equipping and housing the dog, record keeping, handler selection & Compensation, certification, maintenance training, K9 policies, usage, health and first aid, case law, liability & negligence, and courtroom testimony. This is a 2 week 180 hour course including both lecture and observation of K9 teams in training and deployment. ( Supervisor’s Explosives Detection Course Outline )

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