Handlers Course

Single Purpose Handlers Course

 This 80-hour program of instruction prepares a student for an entry level position as a canine handler for a dog trained to work with the single purpose of detecting explosives or narcotics in law enforcement, government contract, or security work. Students will learn the proper techniques in canine safety and care; obedience training; detection dog training; search patterns; scent theory; safe handling of explosives & narcotics; and validation & legal considerations. Subject matter is provided in accordance to your dogs training. This course is offered at all 3 locations.

Upon completion of this program students will receive a certificate of completion. This is a certificate of completion and competency as a Canine Handler (Detection of Narcotics or Explosives) which is industry recognized.

Admission Requirements:

Individuals applying for this course are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age; and
  • Present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate)

Total Cost of Program (Tuition): 5,000

Subject # Title Course Time (Hours) Lecture / Lab (Total)
CH-01 Canine Safety & Care 1 / 9 (10)
CH-02 Obedience Training 2 / 8 (10)
CH-03 Detection Dog Training 2 / 23 (25)
CH-04 Search Patterns 1 / 9 (10)
CH-05 Scent Theory 2 / 8 (10)
CH-06 Handling Explosives & Narcotics 1 / 4 (5)
CH-07 Validation & Legal Considerations 2 / 23 (25)
80 (total)

Subject Descriptions:

CH-01: Canine Safety & Care

In this subject, students will learn the proper techniques in the following topics which include feeding, kennel care, vet care, medication, safety in transportation, first aid, urgent care, illicit drugs, and proper care of canine equipment. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

CH-02: Obedience Training

In this subject, students will learn the theory and practical applications in obedience training in the following topics which include commands, basic obedience exercises, proper use and functions of canine training equipment, off-leash obedience training, and canine control at a distance training. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

CH-03: Detection Dog Training

In this subject students will learn the theory and practical applications of canine detection in the following topics which include principles of detection, seek-fetch, types of reward and responses. Students will also be introduced to techniques in handler actions, false response identifications and pinpoint. Students will participate in extensive field work in narcotics & explosives detection. [Prerequisites: none] 25 hours

CH-04: Search Patterns

Students will be introduced to systematic searches in vehicles, open areas, buildings, luggage and schools. Students will learn specifics of canine handler techniques with bomb threats, VIP sweeps and US Customs searches. Field practical instruction will include participating in actual searches (both narcotics and explosives) in open areas, schools, vehicles, homes, commercial buildings and luggage. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

CH-05: Scent Theory

Students will be introduced to canine scent theory, including the mechanics of scent dispersal. Special topics will include canine and climatic effects on canine scent work. Applications to deployment of detection canines and search techniques will be discussed. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours

CH-06: Handling Explosives & Narcotics

Student will be instructed in narcotics handling and storage procedures, responsibility, procedures, storage, destruction and control. Students will also be instructed in explosives handling and storage procedures, responsibilities, procedures, storage, destruction and control. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours

CH-07: Validation & Legal Considerations

Students will be instructed in methods for validation of a detection canine. Students will discuss legal considerations, including validation, documentation, and search & seizure concerns. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

DUAL PURPOSE HANDLERS COURSE - GI BILL VA APPROVED COURSE

This 80-hour program of instruction prepares a student for an entry level position as a canine handler for a dog trained to work both patrol and detection tasks in law enforcement, government contract, or security work. Students will learn the proper techniques in canine safety and care; obedience training; detection dog training; patrol dog training; search patterns; scent theory; safe handling of explosives & narcotics; and validation & legal considerations. Subject matter is provided in accordance to your dogs training. This course is only offered at our San Antonio location at this time.

Upon completion of this program students will receive a certificate of completion. This is a certificate of completion and competency as a Canine Handler (Patrol and Detection) which is industry recognized.

 

Admission Requirements:

Individuals applying for this course are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age; and
  • Present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate)

Total Cost of Program (Tuition): 6,500

Subject # Title Course Time (Hours) Lecture / Lab (Total)
DH-01 Canine Safety & Care 1 / 9 (10)
DH-02 Obedience Training 2 / 8 (10)
DH-03 Detection Dog Training 2 / 18 (20)
DH-04 Patrol Dog Training 2 / 18 (20)
DH-05 Search Patterns 1 / 4 (5)
DH-06 Scent Theory 2 / 3 (5)
DH-07 Handling Explosives & Narcotics 1 / 4 (5)
DH-08 Validation & Legal Considerations 1 / 4 (5)
    80 (total)

Subject Descriptions:

DH-01: Canine Safety & Care

In this subject, students will learn the proper techniques in the following topics which include feeding, kennel care, vet care, medication, safety in transportation, first aid, urgent care, illicit drugs, and proper care of canine equipment. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

DH-02: Obedience Training

In this subject, students will learn the theory and practical applications in obedience training in the following topics which include commands, basic obedience exercises, proper use and functions of canine training equipment, off-leash obedience training, and canine control at a distance training. [Prerequisites: none] 10 hours

DH-03: Detection Dog Training

In this subject students will learn the theory and practical applications of canine detection in the following topics which include principles of detection, seek-fetch, types of reward and responses. Students will also be introduced to techniques in handler actions, false response identifications and pinpoint. Students will participate in extensive field work in narcotics & explosives detection. [Prerequisites: none] 20 hours

DH-04: Patrol Dog Training

In this subject, students will be introduced to both the theory and practical applications of patrol work and bite work. Topics include controlled aggression with correct positioning and commands, agitation and handler techniques to develop controlled aggression, out, attack , false run, re-attack, escort, gunfire and cover. Field practical instruction will include student participation in scouting, building searches, decoy techniques for temperament, instinct, prey drive, play drive, defense drive, fight drive, pack drive, nerve strengthening, imprinting, compulsion, anthropomorphism, shaping, rewards, and learning curves. [Prerequisites: none] 20 hours

DH-05: Search Patterns

Students will be introduced to systematic searches in vehicles, open areas, buildings, luggage and schools. Students will learn specifics of canine handler techniques with bomb threats, VIP sweeps and US Customs searches. Field practical instruction will include participating in actual searches (both narcotics and explosives) in open areas, schools, vehicles, homes, commercial buildings and luggage. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours

DH-06: Scent Theory

Students will be introduced to canine scent theory, including the mechanics of scent dispersal. Special topics will include canine and climatic effects on canine scent work. Applications to deployment of detection canines and search techniques will be discussed. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours

DH-07: Handling Explosives & Narcotics

Student will be instructed in narcotics handling and storage procedures, responsibility, procedures, storage, destruction and control. Students will also be instructed in explosives handling and storage procedures, responsibilities, procedures, storage, destruction and control. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours

DH-08: Validation & Legal Considerations

Students will be instructed in methods for validation of a detection canine. Students will discuss legal considerations, including validation, documentation, use of force, and search & seizure concerns. [Prerequisites: none] 5 hours