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Issue 7 | January/February 2018

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Advice & Opinion

Advice & Opinion

The Only Thing Two Dog Trainers Can Agree Upon is What the Third Trainer is Doing Wrong

By Dr. David J. Ferland

In my travels visiting with dog handlers, trainers, administrators, and so on, I have found some common themes worthy of sharing. First, the world of police and SAR K9 is small and many people know each other or know of each other…

Training to Avoid Liability

Training to Avoid Liability

Part Three

By Brad Smith

In parts one and two of Training to Avoid Liability, we discussed how you can prepare for the real world. Now we are going to discuss how you can prove and verify to the court and to a jury that you were prepared and ready for the streets…

Proper Bite  Placement

Proper Bite Placement

Teaching K9s How and Where to Bite

By Dondi Hydrick

In training dogs to apprehend and immobilize individuals effectively, they must first learn how and where to bite. Teaching this is based solely on the trainer’s discretion but must relate to the mission and type of training program the dog is to…

Explosives Detection Canines

Explosives Detection Canines

An Examination of the Stew Training Technique

Authors: Jenna Gadberry (Former Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office Seta Support Contractor), Kevin Good (Battelle), Sara Lawhon (Battelle), and Lee Siers (Battelle)

To reduce the time and effort required to train detection canines, some trainers physically co-locate multiple target materials and present them to the animal…

Vet Check

Vet Check

Vaccinations for Your K9

By Dr. Alexis Newman

Vaccines have been used for many years to prevent disease in dogs. Without vaccinations as puppies, many dogs would not be able to live long, healthy lives. I would venture to say that many opponents of vaccines have never cared for a dog who…

Equipment

Equipment

K9 Armor Protection

By LOF Defence Systems

It’s a well-known fact that working dogs are a force multiplier for police, law enforcement, and militaries. Their heightened senses allow them to sniff out drugs, explosives, and suspects, thus reducing the number of resources required while protecting their handlers…

Canine Legal

Canine Legal

Roadside Reward and K9 Reliability

By John Peters, Attorney at Law

A decision out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals two years ago received little notice. It should have set off alarm bells for the issues it raised regarding the training and reliability of police K9s…

Military Working Dogs

Military Working Dogs

SFS Keeps K9s Deployment Ready

By Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer

From local work at Langley Air Force Base to deployments overseas, the 633rd Security Forces Squadron K9 teams continuously train to ensure the safety of service members and civilians.

To prepare for world-wide contingencies, the military working dog section keeps at least two MWDs ready to deploy…

Police Dog Training

Police Dog Training

Automatic Door Release

By Jerry Bradshaw

Many K9 patrol vehicles are outfitted with an automatic door release. The door release is controlled by a button on the K9 officer’s duty belt, and if an emergency situation arises, the officer needs to have his dog come to his aid…

Mission K9 Rescue

Mission K9 Rescue

Canine Vets Return to Civilian Life

By Donna Hill

When you talk to Kristen Maurer, founder of Mission K9 Rescue, she proudly explains everything they do: rescue, reunite, re-home, repair, and rehabilitate.

At the Veteran K9 Rescue Ranch in Magnolia, retired heroes of the furry kind now…

The Canine Athlete

The Canine Athlete

Treadmill Use

By Erica Boling, PhD

Recently there has been a surge of interest on the topic of using treadmills for canine fitness. I frequently get asked questions regarding what kind of treadmill to purchase and ways…

Handler Fitness & Nutrition

Handler Fitness & Nutrition

Creating Healthy Habits

By Marissa Oliver

As prominent American self-help author Robert Collier wrote, “Success is the sum of small efforts — repeated day in and day out.” Nowhere is this truer than in the quest for good health. The consistent effort and daily choices you make will…