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Selecting a K9 Handler
Things a Department Should Consider
By Jay Brock
On the first day of police service dog school, I teach students three important points. The first is that a dog and handler are a team like no other. Handlers will spend more time with their working dogs than they will spend with anyone else in their lives during the time they have this assignment…
Scenario Based Training
Role-Playing Aggressive & Passive Subject Engagement Issues
By Jerry Bradshaw
Patrol dogs encounter suspects of all kinds. They can be passive, aggressive, standing, seated, or prone on the back or belly, or partially obscured by brush, blankets, sheets, and may attempt to fend off police dogs with any type of object. We will look at two…
Scent Cones and How Scent Moves
By Dondi Hydrick
How much do you really know and understand about scent? How and why does it act in the manner it does? Why does it travel to certain areas, and how and why do hot and cold temperatures affect it? We all know that hot air rises and cold air sinks, and that this is what happens to scent…
Feeding Practices for Your Working Dog
By Dr. Alexis Newman
When it comes to the best feeding for your K9, there is not just one answer. There are hundreds of foods to choose from and multiple factors to consider when making feeding decisions for your K9…
Dry Dog Food
Safely Handling and Storing Kibble
By Chelsea Kent
First, keep in mind that your canine’s food is just as perishable as your own.
After you purchase your food, it is important to remember that, like a loaf of bread, just because it comes in a bag and has an expiration day a year or so long…
Maryland Heights Police Department Canine Unit
“Hi, I’m K9 Officer …. and this is my partner …. ” Introductions like this are made on a daily basis by the K9 officers of the Maryland Heights (MO) Police Department whether they are during criminal investigations or while showing our partners off to the community…
By Simon Prins and contributions by Kimberly Artley
This article isn’t about positive or negative, reinforcement or punishment, force or no force, so let’s squash any misconceptions or assumptions up front.
Many dog owners associate clicker training with pet dogs and the purely positive…
C&G Holsters is a family-run business that was started in 2008 by Christopher J. Burns. Frustrated by his inability to find a quality Kydex holster, Chris decided to design and construct a Kydex holster that would be functional, practical, and reliable. Initially, Chris only made a few holsters in his garage…
Return to Ferguson
By John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
August 9 will mark four years since the Michael Brown shooting that rocked the nation, became a media feeding frenzy and led the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to descend upon the small Missouri city of Ferguson. What has Ferguson’s experience been since? The news is not good…
Military Working Dogs
Care Even Better With Opening of Rehab Facility and Recovery Kennels
By Ms. Karla Gonzalez
Recovering four-legged warriors are getting enhanced rehabilitation therapy thanks to the new Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Facility at the Lt. Col. Daniel E Holland Military Working Dog Hospital on Joint Base San Antonio — Lackland…
K9 SWAT Deployment
By Brad Smith
On December 5, 2015, at 1635 hours, the Bakersfield (CA) Police Department SWAT team responded to an incident in which a female victim reported her boyfriend had assaulted her, made criminal threats against her life and wanted to blow her up with a bomb…
Accelerant Detection Canines
An Arsonist’s Worst Nightmare is Man’s Best Friend
By Heather Paul
Arson is a difficult crime to solve, but four-legged crime fighters are making it a little easier for fire investigators. Such was the case for Firefighter David Seidl with the Beaver Falls Fire Department in Pennsylvania. David spent four weeks…
K9 Care and Maintenance
Ways to Beat the Heat
The dog days of summer don’t have to be unbearable. Practicing healthy hydration and understanding the signs of heat stress and how to deal with it can help reduce the dangers of overheating in your active and hardworking K9s…
The Canine Athlete
4 Simple Ways to Enhance Working Dog Fitness
By Erica Boling, PhD
When it comes to enhancing fitness for working dogs, I’ve seen two major roadblocks that frequently prevent people from taking action. First, many people don’t have the knowledge and skills that are needed to safely design fitness programs that enable…
Handler Fitness & Nutrition
Muscle Misfire — Why You Aren’t Building Muscle
By Marissa Oliver
Muscle hypertrophy is the technical term for muscle growth. The most common type of muscular hypertrophy occurs as a result of physical exercises such as weightlifting. The required rep ranges used in training to build muscle is a topic of constant debate…
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Police Fitness & Nutrition
Shift Tip: Is a Calorie a Calorie?
By Sergeant Wilson Alequin
Eat less and exercise more is bullshit. It hasn’t worked for the past 50 years (since the obesity epidemic began). Instead of focusing so much on the weight you have gained, let’s start focusing on…
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