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  • The Poison-Proof Dog, Part 2

    The Poison-Proof Dog, Part 2

    K9 Health 01/14/2014 at 2:42 pm

    In our last issue, we began a discussion of how best to protect working dogs in law enforcement from accidental poisoning. We put particular focus on the dog, especially on normal vital signs, in hopes that by recognizing normal values we could more swiftly identify the abnormal ones. In this […]

  • The Poison-Proof Dog: Part One

    The Poison-Proof Dog: Part One

    K9 Health 11/22/2013 at 4:18 pm

    Recently, the American College of Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care reported that each month, six percent of canine emergencies in the U.S. are accidental poisonings. Would you be ready to deal with an intoxication if your dog was involved? Would you know what signs to look for if your […]

  • E-Collar Basics

    E-Collar Basics

    General Topics, K9 Health 11/14/2013 at 9:11 am

    Electronic is an interesting adjective that Webster’s defines as: 1. of or having to do with electrons; 2.operating, produced, or done by the action of electrons or other carriers of semiconductors, vacuum tubes, etc.; or 3. carried on by or making use of electronic equipment. The word “electronic” conjures up […]

  • Using play drive in bite work

    Using play drive in bite work

    General Topics, Patrol 11/01/2013 at 9:28 am

    When training police dogs to perform certain tasks, we use the dog’s inherent drives. That’s why, when we test a dog for police work, we must be sure that he has the appropriate drives for the task. For example, in scent work — whether it is for tracking, narcotics or […]

  • K-9 Announcements: Dos and Don’ts

    K-9 Announcements: Dos and Don’ts

    Patrol 10/25/2013 at 8:29 am

    How many of you have experienced this at training during searches: “OK, Officer Jones: bring your dog, give two announcements and send him.” All too often this exact scenario occurs multiple times throughout the day during maintenance training sessions. This is what I like to call the “training mode” mindset. […]

  • Trailing versus tracking: The keys to success

    Trailing versus tracking: The keys to success

    Narc & Explosive Detection, SAR 10/16/2013 at 9:30 pm

    Trailing frequently is confused with tracking, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Tracking is based on the human visual perception of an event through visible tracks or spoor. I believe that the term is used mistakenly to describe our human interpretation of events that only the dog can […]

  • Paper Protection

    Paper Protection

    General Topics, Patrol 10/09/2013 at 6:08 pm

    My K-9 instructor consistently repeated, “If it’s not on paper, it didn’t happen.” Being naive, I never truly appreciated this piece of advice until I pulled down my first load of narcotics that went to court. When I apprehended my first load, I had been a handler for about a […]

  • Reading Your Dog

    Reading Your Dog

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 10/01/2013 at 1:17 pm

    Have you ever wished your dog could talk? What we do not stop and realize is that our dogs talk to us all the time. They talk to us through the little indicators they give us. As handlers and trainers, it is very important for us to learn our dog’s […]

  • Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Hard Surface Tracking: One Approach

    Narc & Explosive Detection, Patrol, SAR 09/25/2013 at 9:18 am

    While debriefing a training session in the K9 office one evening, members of our K9 unit were holding forth on some different approaches to one particular dog’s problem with a clean release and recall. While our agency, like most had designated “Trainers,” we often took the committee approach when holding […]

  • Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    Fit for Duty: Handler and Dog

    General Topics, K9 Health 09/19/2013 at 10:29 pm

    “Lack of activity destroys the good conditioning of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” ~ Plato K9 handlers across the country are challenged daily with high stress deployments. Dealing with the stresses takes a mental and physical toll on both the handler […]