POLICE / PATROL DOG TRAINING

PSPK9 provides top-of-the-line patrol dog training. Our teaching philosophy is focused towards a holistic understanding of the demands of police work and its demands. Police Dog Training Service dogs, must be of sound temperament. The ideal candidate must cope with considerable demands, and his character and nerves must meet the prerequisites set for police work. It is of especially important that the prospect is cleared through the PSPK9 selection testing.

  • Gun sureness
  • Stick sureness
  • Non handler dependent
  • Confident full bite.
  • Not abandon suspect.
  • Eagerness to protect his handler
  • Display confidence in any environment
  • Willing to break barriers to subdue suspect/decoy.
  • Display the best optimal drive in pursuit of suspect.
  • Engage in courage test and not to deter from suspect
  • Display alertness and willingness to please handler.
  • Display a natural hunting drive.
  • Loyalty to handler/Bonding. K-9 must be submissive to handler.

It is required for all the PSPK9 Police Dog Training, protection exercises, that the suspect wear civilian clothing and that the dogs are muzzled during all exercises except the courage test. In this manner realism is achieved.Therefore not making the dogs equipment conscious and teaching them that the fight is in the man; and in this manner we achieve high success when they are exposed in a real life situation. With this unique standards the officer achieves the highest trust and confidence in his partner.

POLICE SERVICE PATROL TRAINING CLASS

120 TRAINING HOURS

THEORETICAL INSTRUCTION.

The participants will be instructed on:
  • History of the dog
  • Development of using police K-9’s
  • The dog’s character
  • Basics of canine behavior
  • How does the dog learn.
  • Training techniques in all phases of police K-9 work.
  • Police K-9 training equipment
  • Health, care and feeding
  • Liability and safety.
  • Legal parameters involved in the use of the Police K-9
  • Behavior in the court cases.
  • Preparing and keeping training reports.

PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION:

The participants will be instructed and trained in:
  • Daily maintenance.
  • Safety in training.
  • Knowledge of dog’s abilities.
  • Understanding the dog’s reaction and alerts.
  • Reading and understanding the dog’s reactions and alerts.
  • Judgment of using the dog in different situations.
  • Proper handling on surveillance, searches, arrests and transporting of suspects.
  • Working together with other police officers
The dog will be trained in:
  • Apprehension
  • Indicating by scent or sound
  • Pursuit search
  • Area search
  • Handler Protection/Surprise attack
  • Standoff/call off
  • Courage test
  • Building Search

TRAINING AGENDA AND TIME SCHEDULE FOR THE POLICE DOG TRAINING CLASS

First Week

Theoretic Instructions

  • Orientation.
  • History of the dog.
  • Development of the use of police K-9Zs
  • Basics of canine behavior
  • The dog’s character.
  • How does the dog learn.
  • Police K-9 training equipment
  • Training techniques.

Practical Training

  • Daily maintenance
  • Proper use of K-9 equipment.
  • Tracking
  • Evidence search
  • Obedience exercises.
  • Apprehension exercises.

Third Week

Theoretic Instructions

  • Basics of canine behavior.
  • Liability and safety.
  • Legal parameters for the use of police service dogs.
  • Behavior in court cases.
  • Preparing and keeping training reports.
  • Training techniques.

Practical Training

  • Scent work.
  • Obedience exercises.
  • Apprehension exercises

Second Week

Theoretic Instructions

  • Basics of canine behavior.
  • Nature of the dog’s nose and possibilities of it’s use.
  • How does the dog learn.
  • Health, care and feeding.
  • Training techniques.

Practical Training

  • Tracking
  • Evidence search
  • Obedience exercises
  • Apprehension exercises.

THE FINAL TEST TRACKING:

The terrain should be of even vegetation. The objects should not exceed the size of a glove and must not be smaller than clothespin.The object must possess a sufficient amount of human scent.Tracking is on a strange track, approximately 600 paces long, 60 minutes old, three right angle corners, four objects.First, second and third objects are to be placed in the middle of the first, second and third leg of the track. The fourth object is to be placed on the end of the track.

The dog should be permitted to absorb the scent sufficiently at the start of the track and should, if possible, track intensively with a deep nose. The handler must follow in walking pace. Tracking should be accomplished on a 30 foot long tracking leash or without the tracking leash. Prior to the start, the handler must report to the judge and advise the dog will indicate all four objects by down. Other indications are faulty.Should the police service dog deviate more than one leash length during the tracking phase, the exercise will be discontinued.

Search for evidence:

Within a ten minute time limit, the dog must locate and indicate, four objects which have been dropped in an area measuring 60 by 120 feet. The objects must not be larger than a wallet and must not be touched by the dog.The dog and his handler must be out of sight when the objects are placed. Searching may not begin until the objects have been in place for 30 minutes.The handler may walk only down the center line and the dog must search as directed. The object should be handled for several minutes before being dropped.Prior to the start, the handler must report to the judge and advise the dog will indicate all four objects by downing. Other indications are faulty. During searching, the handler is allowed to encourage his dog by voice stimulation and can give arm signals to instruct his dog in which direction he is to search