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Issue 8 | March/April 2018

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Starting a K9 Unit

Starting a K9 Unit

Considerations for a Working Dog at Your Department

By Jay Brock

Modern-day law enforcement agencies face a society that is rapidly changing, volatile, and unpredictable. The adage “needing to do more with less” has become a reality for many departments large and small. Budgetary cuts have caused either reduced staffing levels…

Detector Dog Training

Detector Dog Training

Obedience to Odor Methodology

By Dondi Hydrick

There is a widespread problem in the police and military detector dog training programs. Here is the problem as I see it: The majority of detection dogs currently in use have been conditioned to be too handler dependent, and the next group is being trained…

Vet Check

Vet Check

Adequan: An Amazing Treatment for Osteoarthritis

By Dr. Alexis Newman

I am pretty passionate about assuring that older dogs, as well as younger dogs, with arthritis are treated appropriately and kept comfortable. It cannot be stressed enough that dogs in general, but definitely working K9s, do not complain. They typically do not show signs of…

MARK-9

MARK-9

Medical Assistance for Retired K9s

Most handlers are well aware that when their K9 retires, if they are fortunate to adopt their partner to live out its retirement years, they also adopt any associated expenses. Medical expenses can add up quickly, especially for older dogs who need treatment for osteoarthritis…

Featured Department

Featured Department

Chicago Police Mass Transit Explosive Detection Canine Unit

When people think police canines, they think guardians of the night. Those that leap through windows, storm dark buildings, and take down offenders with one bite as a…

K9 Spotlight

K9 Spotlight

Chicago Police Officer Gina Ibarra & K9 Rozi

I have been a proud member of the Chicago Police Department for 13 years. Ten of those years I spent building my career résumé to obtain the opportunity to apply for a canine partner. Our officers must go through a rigorous testing process to be part of the…

Equipment

Equipment

Long Leads

By David Parker and contributions by Nicholas Ronzo

The long lead is quickly becoming an everyday tool handlers are keeping on the passenger seat next to them, rather than stowed away in the back of the truck or in the trunk. Used mainly for tracking and trailing, the long lead…

Gear Junkie

Gear Junkie

Half Face Blades

Half Face Blades is a small shop in San Diego, California founded by Andrew Arrabito, Navy SEAL (ret.), to meet the need for high-quality, “go to” knives and axes — usable, personalized, functional, versatile tools that work for every person in every walk…

Canine Legal

Canine Legal

Grin & ‘Bare’ It?

By By John M. Peters, Attorney at Law

One of the topics covered in my classes is K9 and public relations. When handlers see this in the class syllabus, it produces some curious expressions. Handlers want to know, what does that have to do with doing my job?

Military Working Dogs

Military Working Dogs

Joint Training Increases K9 and Handler Skills

By Sergeant 1st Class Wynnfred Hoke

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — For almost two decades the military has had to adapt and adopt military tactics for urban combat. For military working dogs and their handlers, it is especially crucial for both…

Maximizing Potential

Maximizing Potential

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Mike Ritland

About two years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approached me to evaluate their K9 program to see if it could be bolstered and maximized to its full potential. They were running a 10-dog nationwide program that had successful standard…

10 Traits of a Good Trainer

10 Traits of a Good Trainer

By Purina

1. Applies objectivity to his/her training to help a dog achieve performance goals. Flexibility and training a dog as an individual are important for success.

2. Keeps training fun! A dog that enjoys training is more likely to succeed…

The Canine Athlete

The Canine Athlete

Strength Training

By Erica Boling, PhD

When it comes to canine fitness and helping our dogs reach their full physical potential, I think one of the first items that comes to mind is how to improve cardio and endurance. Handlers want dogs with stamina so they can work longer, stay more focused, and tire less easily.

Handler Fitness & Nutrition

Handler Fitness & Nutrition

Being Creative With Your Food – A Guide to Preparing Ahead

By Marissa Oliver

Living a healthy and fit life ultimately comes down to your habits and the decisions you make daily. Every time you choose what to eat, you are in effect making a decision about your health. You can pick something healthy that will keep your energy levels stabilized…

Police Fitness & Nutrition

Police Fitness & Nutrition

Shift Tips: Three Key Exercises for LEOs

By Sergeant Wilson Alequin

Three key exercises that are really beneficial to law enforcement officers are the deadlift, pull up, and sprints.

Deadlifts – How often are you required to pick someone up off the ground? Someone resisting, an intoxicated person, a heavy person…