The instructor will work cooperatively to present various aspects of wilderness air scent training. Participants can expect an initial assessment of where the handlers and dogs are in their training, followed by instruction in area search for both beginning and advanced handlers of scent discriminatory and non-scent-discriminatory dogs throughout the week. Expect to progress from basic training to indication work on live subjects, scent discrimination, article search, HRD, and/or shoreline problems throughout the week.
Human Remains Detection - Land
This class is designed to educate handlers on human remains and successfully using SAR K-9s for critical evidence detection. Handlers will learn techniques involving both evidence and human remains.
Classroom and field work will cover primary and secondary crime scenes, and human remains searches in both buildings and wilderness, as well as techniques to locate buried remains, especially aged remains.
Human Remains Detection - Land (Advanced)
This course is being offered for operational K-9 teams and will be conducted in a variety of locations throughout the week each drill replicating an actual search. The course will focus on deployment of HRD teams, situational awareness, applying scent theory in a realistic setting, use of GPS devices, search documentation and report writing. A variety of source material will be used in different settings to include urban, residential, commercial and wilderness.
Human Remains Detection - Water
This class will take the K-9 and handler from beginning to advanced stages of training, looking at alerts, training, and the dog's natural behaviors. There will also be a look at actual searches to see what was done, what was learned, and how searchers adjust to reality. Lecture and actual on-water experience should help handlers better understand all aspects of water cadaver work.
This course is for all levels of K-9 teams. It focuses on K-9 case law, scent theory, reading negative indications, and crime scene preservation. It will also cover organizing a trailing program, individual problem solving, scent discrimination, casting, working through contamination, as well as trailing in a variety of environments. The class includes both lecturing and field work. Communicating, motivating, and building the working relationship with your trailing partner will be the goal of this class.