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Check-in & Walk-in Registrations: Tuesday, April 9: 12:00pm - 8:00pm;
Wednesday, April 10: 7:00am - 7:00pm;
Thursday, April 11: 7:00am - 8:00am
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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS - 2024

 

Greg Tawney

Class -  "Training for Street Survival" 

This class goes into detail about how to train and prepare the handler for a critical incident involving a police canine. Gregg will discuss how to develop and implement a K-9 training program that increases the odds for handlers to make good tactical and legal decisions when faced with a rapidly evolving situation. This class will also cover several decision making and training scenarios that trainers and handlers can take with them and use in their training programs.

 

Matt Lunsford 

Class - Combined Arms manhunting;

 

Course goes over manhunting with different tactics and technology.  Introduces students to manhunting using a combination of K9 units in leap frog tracking, use of drones for aerial security and clearance of areas, using a drone to give announcements, hand held thermals and how to use them.  Helicopters when needed and boat insertions.  Also covers a basic tracking team set up and how to re-discover a track if missing clues.  The classroom must be able to use a power point which has a lot of photographs and videos.  Some basic tracking information is included but just so they understand the terms I use.  

𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗞𝗺𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗸

𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨: 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙇𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙡 𝙐𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨:  𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙡 𝘿𝙤𝙜𝙨

 This block of instruction will focus on criminal and civil litigation related to police service patrol apprehension dogs.  Specific attention will be placed on use of force and current trends throughout the United States Court of Appeals.

𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐲 - 𝐊𝟗 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐔𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝

Class - 

NePoPo®️ Class Description 

 

Students attending the NePoPo®️ class will be provided with information, knowledge and skills to apply tools which will enhance a connection with your dog, on a deeper level. The system brings out ignition, desire and passion in the animal, who can execute learned behaviors with Heart & Soul, on command, under high distractions in the real world. The techniques conveyed in this class can be applied to any phase of dog training, including but not limited to: Pets, LEO/MWD, sport competitors, detection, agility and tracking.

 

Mike Lilley

Class - TRACKING CLASS

PowerPoint terminology methodology psychology bite work on tracks? To Do or Not to Do How to implement bites on tracks Tracking training traditional methods vs. article-based vs. odor-based Hard surface tracking Grass and woods tracking Scent discriminatory tracking with distraction Article indications of evidence search Reality based scenarios in tracking and article indication Deployments Perimeters E-collar education

Dan Villarino 

Class - Integrated Canine Entry (ICE)™

 

Our Integrated Canine Entry (ICE)™ course is designed to provide handlers the knowledge and understanding on how to best utilize a K9 to safely enter and clear structures while maintaining close quarters principles and tactics.  With patrol officers being trained in close quarters tactics, it is essential for handlers to train within a similar system to ensure effective communication and to optimize officer safety.  Integrated Canine Entry (ICE)™ raises the standard on how K9’s should be utilized on patrol and bridges the gap between a routine building search and a SWAT team approach.  Integrated Canine Entry (ICE)™ allows us to maximize readily available patrol resources while operating at the highest degree of efficiency.  This course will include the steps necessary to properly condition your canine, multiple scenarios to understand threat prioritization, and a live demonstration of these principles in practice.

Jim O’Brien - NC K9 LLC 

Class: Benefits Of the Bite Table

 

The Bite Table has been a tool that has been getting more use in the last few years. This class will explain and demonstrate the multiple uses of the Bite Table from obedience to bite work. Different table designs will be shown and demonstrated. You will have as thorough knowledge of the table and be able to apply the techniques after the class!

Mike Goosby

Class - Perimeters, Search Team Tactics, and Command Post Operations

 

The perimeter portion of the class will provide the student with instruction from the boots on the ground perspective on how to contain and capture suspects who have fled to evade arrest by effectively establishing a perimeter, communicating tactical broadcasts during foot pursuits, the responsibilities of responding units, what the suspect is thinking, his tricks to evading arrest, perimeter management, as well as command and control. The goal is to increase your dog's chances of getting out of the car and being utilized to search for outstanding suspects and increasing your dog's find ratio.

The K-9 search team tactics portion will cover K-9 search team configurations (patrol, all K-9, SWAT), the individual K-9 search team member responsibilities, effective REAL WORLD K-9 search team tactics, and K-9 search tactics for yard to yard and building environments.

Eric Stanbro

Class  - Removing The Conflict From Your Training: 

 

 Eric will discuss all the things you and your training program have been doing over the years that leads to conflict between handler and K9. Eric will show you how to clean up the conflict in your obedience, bite work, verbal out, recall, and how you’re living with your dog. 

James Sabol

Class - Canine Building Search

 

Start to Finish

How to train the canine to locate a suspect in a building with various complications. How to develop the perfect aggressive alert and actions of the decoy inside the building. Teaching a canine to be adaptable to advanced tactics and how to full integrate to a SWAT team for maximum proficiency of a canines capabilities. Understanding the training methods to deal with multiple doors for pin point accuracy, barricaded suspects, windows and top down searching. Teaching not only the actions of the dog but that actions of the decoy.

Class 2 - Training for Operational Apprehension 

 

The class focuses on developing training scenarios that mimic real world engagements. Center targeting bites, muzzle work, tactical take off’s, gear disassociation, and target acquisition.

 

Drew Dubnyk

Day 1 Class Name: The Gap: from Equipment to Live Engagement

This class will speak to a variety of training methods used to bridge the gap from green dogs on bite equipment to their first live engagements on the street. The primary focus will be on muzzle training, while talking about a variety of methods and tools used to create a street worthy K9. It is our duty as trainers to create operationally reliable canines. We must do our best to bridge this gap prior to new dogs hitting the street, because lives could depend on a dog's first engagement.

 

Day 2 Class Name: Civil Decoys

Join Michael Nezbeth and Drew Dubnyk as they discuss preparing K9 teams for real world engagements. Learn, as a decoy, how you safely and effectively work a dog in a muzzle, with hidden sleeves and prosthetics. They will discuss what equipment they use, the pros and the cons, and most importantly how they set up scenarios to utilize this equipment properly and safely.

Brad Gillespe 

K9 Back Up Officer Tracking/ Searching Tactics and Contact Drills

This class will overlay tracking formations and action on contact drills. Considerations to include area of operations, legalities, stress congruence, operational realities and training methodology to support constraints within LEA training. These considerations will establish the operational applications. Force on Force and K9 Reality based Training will be discussed and how it may be employed to help develop concepts that will apply across the full spectrum of K9 open air operations

 

Training the Tracking Dog

This class will focus on dog training. A variety or principles and concepts specific to tracking will be discussed. Considerations in training an operational tracking dog that should be applied throughout the tracking instruction will be addressed. Advanced tracking applications will also be covered. This class will speak to concepts that are applicable to the handler looking for short pursuit tracks through to long distance technically challenging tracks with a focus on reliable, repeatable performance and ensuring a fusion between training and operations.

 

Brad Smith

Class Descripition

High Risk K9 Patrol Operations and K9 SWAT Deployment - S.K.I.D.D.S. / CATS

 For those that have a misconception as to how beneficial K9’s can be in a high-risk patrol operation or to a SWAT team this class is for you.  We encourage all patrol officers, military, SWAT and supervisors to attend this class.  You will learn how to utilize your dog to find the suspect quicker, yet safer, while maintaining your tactical advantage and officer safety. 

We will discuss what to look for during your selection of a Tactical Patrol dog or SWAT dog as well as the handler.  Learn how a properly trained patrol dog and the handler can be utilized during a in a high-risk patrol deployment or SWAT operation when it comes to tracking, barricaded suspects, approaches, entries, blind corners, room clearing, hallways, stairs, attics, crawl spaces, vehicle assaults, arrest techniques and even in a gas environment. 

Courtroom Testimony

Know the answers to the questions before their asked.

 Over the year’s handlers have improved their training regimen, increased their monthly maintenance training, documentation, and have improved their report writing skills. The one area that is still severely absent is their preparation for a deposition or testifying in a civil courtroom when it comes to answering the basic questions of your job.  Know the hard questions any good plaintiff’s attorney will ask you to be prepared to give the correct answer because you are a new question.   

Jerry Bradshaw

Title: Drive Capping for Police K9

 What is drive capping and how does this concept apply in police dog training? To understand capping you must understand drive expression, and drive suppression. Capping is a method for taking drive expression and harnessing its power through obedience. We will cover techniques for capping in detection and controlled aggression. We will cover reward based training, Premack, applying pressure and the purposeful relief of pressure that is essential to success in capping. Techniques for addressing leaking behavior will also be addressed. Capping is an essential skill to develop for quiet building and area searching, adding power to the hunt, back-up neutrality and more. Reward protocols as well as E-collar and leash pressure techniques will be discussed in applying capping to control work (out, recall, clear-down-cover, and down in route for example). 

K9VisionSystems

LASER TARGETING

 This course will outline the optimal protocol for maintaining high speed and reliable response in A-to-B laser targeting.

This protocol enables handlers to send their dogs up to 200 meters away - during the day or at night - to apprehend a specific person, search a specific area/vehicle, or search a suspicious object.

It enables the dog to reach its indicated target as fast as possible, while ignoring potential distractions along the way.

This method of laser targeting is a tool for increasing mission security, whether deploying single or dual purpose K9s.

Various deployment scenarios will be discussed, as well as how one may tailor the techniques for their operational needs.

Michael Nezbeth

Problem solving Class Description 

Our problem solving course utilizes learning theories and other practical approaches to dealing with common issues that arise with working dogs. In this course we will discuss the framework we use to delve into finding solutions for these problems. Following this system will help with bitework, detection, tracking and obedience issues. This is a step by step process that is applicable across disciplines.

Carlos Ramirez

Class Title: Silent Command: Effective Non-Verbal K9 Communication in the Digital Age 

 

Class Description: In an era where every word and action can be captured on camera and scrutinized, effective non-verbal communication with our K9 partners has never been more critical. This class delves into the art and science of silent K9 communication. Drawing from principles of classical conditioning, participants will learn to establish cues that allow seamless interaction with their dogs during deployments without uttering a word. This course not only helps in reducing potential verbal misinterpretations but also strengthens the bond between the handler and the K9, ensuring clarity and precision in every command. Join us to master the silent language that speaks louder than words in the line of duty.

Steve White 

Class 1 - Solid Scentwork

A back-chained approach to scent training that uses scientifically-validated techniques.

 

Class 2 - Thousand- Hour Eyes (Scenting Dogs)

A systematic approach to reading scenting dog behavior that cuts the time it takes to learn the skill by two-thirds by building scent indicator database

Paul Curtis

Class Description

This presentation will include instruction and a live demonstration of canine psychological traits and instincts as applied to detection work. It will provided the attendee a working knowledge and visual recognition of those traits, instincts and a proper working relationship between the handler and the dog.

Bill Gaskins

O-O-D-A Loop

For those who don't know the O-O-D-A Loop, or Observe-Orient-Decide-Act, is a situational awareness tool used by the Military, Police, and Business to teach how to quickly process information and then act on the best information you have. The OODA Loop is a succinct representation of the natural decision cycle seen in every context.

Robin Greubel 

Level Up Your Reinforcement Game

 

Direct vs indirect reinforcement and variable schedules of reinforcement are hot topics. Through videos, stories and examples of practical implementation, we will discuss how and when to use these concepts for maximum impact. This class will provide you with knowledge and skills on when and how to implement variable schedules of reinforcement, conditioned reinforcers, and indirect reinforcement into your training, giving you a bigger training toolbox. These concepts can be applied to all aspects of your training including detection, obedience, tracking, agility, and bite work.

Mike McHenry

 

 1. Selecting & Introducing a canine / canine team into SWAT (high risk entry) operations 

 

 2. Canine Supervisor dos, don'ts, compensation time, liability, records keeping, and more - updated 

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