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Issue 5 | September/October 2017

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Training to Avoid Liability

Training to Avoid Liability

Part One

By Brad Smith

FTO Programs

Think back to when you graduated from the police academy. Were you ready to hit the streets on your first day at work, or did you need several weeks or months of additional training with a field training officer before you felt comfortable…

Chinese Police K9

Chinese Police K9

Mountain Area Search Techniques

Authored by Buwu Liu, Jiang Li, & Chaofeng Liang

Canine mountain area search techniques are used by the police to legally use K9s in complicated wild mountain areas. Police rely on K9s’ sense of smell and their energy, movement, and attack abilities in conjunction with various techniques and resources to track in and search mountain and forest areas….

Tracking and Drones

Tracking and Drones

New Technology in K9 Training

By Jeff Schettler

Hello to all my fellow tracking and trailing aficionados! Welcome to another human scent dog article. I am excited to be writing my second article — about a technology new to our field — for Working Dog Magazine, a magazine chock-full of fresh, non-repeated content that is high speed and low drag…

Applying Science to the Art of Detection Canines

Applying Science to the Art of Detection Canines

Unannounced Testing

Authored by Battelle Staff Members: K. Good, N. Knebel, S. Lawhon, L. Siers, D. Winkel

Organizations with detection canine programs all have extensive pre-deployment training regimens. Then, maintenance training and periodic evaluations are conducted to ensure continued…

Keeping New York Safe

Keeping New York Safe

NYPD’s Transit Bureau Canine Unit

By Joshua Philipp, Epoch Times

On your average weekday, the New York City subway sees more than 5.6 million people pass through it, and in all of 2016, it saw more than 1.7 billion riders. These trains sometimes have people packed elbow-to-elbow, yet your average…

Vet Check

Vet Check

Common Toxins: Part Two

By Dr. Alexis Newman

In Part Two of Common Toxins, we will discuss potential toxins that your K9 may encounter when off duty in a home environment. As with any toxin exposure, an attentive handler can usually limit exposure, or at least seek medical care early on…

Equipment

Equipment

Bite Suits

By Jerry Bradshaw

There are as many different companies selling bite suits as there are companies selling sleeves. K9 units should carefully consider making the right investment in the best suit possible given budgetary conditions. However, many departments are at a loss as to what suit to choose. The first point…

Bite Work

Bite Work

Aspects of Training Police Dogs with a Bite Suit

By Jerry Bradshaw

Using bite suits in training police K9s is to a certain extent taken for granted. However, the proper use of the bite suit is often in question, unless a K9 unit has had proper instruction on this piece of equipment. Let’s not forget, just like hidden sleeves, visible grip building sleeves, and muzzles, a bite suit is still…

Canine Legal

Canine Legal

Will Pseudo Cause Us to Lose Our Place?

By John Peters, Attorney at Law

The Scenario:

A certified narcotics K9 alerts on the exterior of a vehicle during a roadside detention to investigate reasonable suspicion of criminal activity on the part of the vehicle occupants. A thorough search of the vehicle yields evidence of narcotics. However,…

The Canine Athlete

The Canine Athlete

Endurance Training

By Erica Boling, PhD

You have a high drive working dog who has energy that can last for days. Your dog is a natural athlete, and his speed, power, drive, and intensity seem to come naturally. When you have such an amazingly athletic partner, why would you spend your time designing a structured fitness program…

Handler Fitness

Handler Fitness

Cross-Training

By Sinead Imbaro

Part of being a well-equipped officer is maintaining peak physical condition. Today’s officers realize that by keeping fit they will be better prepared to handle the physical and mental stress associated with their jobs. Gone are the days of the stereotypical, overweight cop eating doughnuts and…

Handler Nutrition

Handler Nutrition

Eating Healthy on Duty

Working Dog Magazine shares a few healthy reminders to help you stay on track while on duty.

1. Avoid processed junk foods.

Skip the soda, chips, and candy – they provide empty calories that will cause your energy levels to crash later, and they encourage your body to store fat…