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The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.
Role of the K9 Unit Supervisor
By Jay Brock
When I began as a K9 handler in the early 1990s, I was fortunate to have a K9 unit supervisor who had a wealth of K9 experience himself, both as a handler and as the unit supervisor for several years. He was extremely patient with new handlers like myself and provided a great deal of guidance…
Advanced Canine Athletic Program
By Sean McPeck, DVM, CCRP
When I speak with working dog handlers, I find many individuals don’t realize the canine is subject to the same rules of conditioning that we are. Only after I start presenting the analogies of ourselves, and using human conditioning experiences as examples, do people start to view the canine as …
K9 SWAT Deployment
CS Gas Environments: Joplin (MO) Debrief
By K9 Officer Adam Brannin and Sergeant Nick Jimenez
On December 14, 2017, at 1736 hours, the Joplin (MO) Police Department SWAT team responded to an armed and barricaded homicide suspect from Ohio. Members of the Joplin Police Department Investigations Bureau and the United States Marshals had found…
The Story of a Marine and His Dog
Always a writer at heart, RJ Nevens, Jr., was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1974. His interest in military working dogs stemmed from his love of the Doberman breed. Having Dobermans his entire adult life, RJ admires their stoic and loyal qualities. But, it wasn’t until a photograph surfaced on the internet that sparked the idea for RJ’s story…
K9 Duke Works the Streets of California
Duke, a European Doberman, was born on March 28, 2015, in San Jose, California, at West Coast Dobermans, which is owned and operated by Tony Alves. I brought Duke home at eight weeks old as a personal pet and companion. When Duke was 12 weeks old, I enrolled him at Bay Area K9 (BAK9) in Santa Clara, California…
By FurHaven Pet Products
Recent, well-publicized sleep studies have drawn attention to the importance of sleep and its effects on people’s health. The impact of sleep is no different for your K9 partner. In a 24-hour day, the average dog spends…
ReLEntless Defender Apparel
ReLEntless Defender Apparel was established in January 2015, during the peak of animosity and distrust against law enforcement. Being a company owned and operated by a family of police officers, their first mission was to stand up for the hundreds of thousands of officers who went to work every day with the goal of protecting…
Marijuana Legalization – Does K9 Need to Panic?
By John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
There is an unmistakable march toward marijuana legalization in various forms. Ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Thirty-three states have legalized some form of marijuana…
K9 Care and Maintenance
Helping Your K9 Combat the Cold
It’s important to stay vigilant about keeping your K9 safe in chilly conditions. Cold weather can be harmful for a dog. It can affect his or her immune system, making the dog prone to disease and injury. By following these tips…
The Canine Athlete
Enhancing Performance for Detection Dogs
By Erica Boling, PhD
Throughout the world in these tumultuous times, we are seeing an increased need for dogs trained in detection work. The demand for highly trained and highly proficient detection dogs will continue to grow as people begin to recognize…
Handler Fitness & Nutrition
Step Away From the Scale
By Marissa Oliver
Losing weight can be a frustrating and sometimes difficult process. For the majority of us, it will require dedication in the gym, discipline with what we are putting in our mouth, and generally just saying yes to a lot of things we’d rather say no to…
Police Fitness & Nutrition
By Sergeant Wilson Alequin
Eating right and being physically fit does not necessarily mean you are healthy. There are many factors that contribute to health and overall wellbeing. An important factor repeatedly getting overlooked in our profession…
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