Patrol

  • 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. […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Dog Psychology: A Vital Training Tool

    Dog Psychology: A Vital Training Tool

    Patrol 09/13/2013 at 8:16 pm

    Training a dog without understanding what affects his behavior will greatly reduce your likelihood of success. Early in my K-9 career, while training dogs in a large warehouse late one evening, I found myself hiding in a small storeroom with high ceilings. There was a ladder leading to a roof […]

     
  • Police Dog History

    Police Dog History

    General Topics, Patrol 08/28/2013 at 2:48 pm

    They are among the most loyal and steadfast officers of any police force. They are highly trained and immensely dedicated. And they are usually the only police officers that are routinely called “adorable.” They are the four-legged officers of the K-9 unit, and whether they are searching for missing children […]

     
  • Training for the Real World

    Training for the Real World

    Patrol 07/30/2013 at 10:37 pm

    In our careers as law enforcement professionals, we are expected to be aware of the latest and greatest techniques used in crime fighting.  How much training you get may depend on your agencies training budget or your willingness to spend your own money on something you feel is important to […]

     
  • Are we truly VALIDATING our training for Working Dogs with the currently available “certifications”?

    Are we truly VALIDATING our training for Working Dogs with the currently available “certifications”?

    General Topics, Patrol, SAR 07/03/2013 at 9:36 pm

    Combining my 28 years in research and quality operations and my 35+ years’ experience with “down in the dirt” dog training experience, I have often wondered if our current system, which hasn’t changed much in my 35 years of dog work, of so-called certifications truly “validates” our training as it applies to […]

     
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