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Issue 9 | May/June 2018

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Selecting a K9 Handler

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

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…

Detection Training

Detection Training

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…

Vet Check

Vet Check

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

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…

Featured Department

Featured Department

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…

Equipment

Equipment

Clicker Training

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…

Gear Junkie

Gear Junkie

C&G Holsters

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…

Canine Legal

Canine Legal

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

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

K9 SWAT Deployment

Bakersfield Debrief

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

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

K9 Care and Maintenance

Ways to Beat the Heat

By Purina

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

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

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

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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