Detection Dog Trainer Course

Detection Dog Trainer Course

Detection work with dogs is gaining popularity throughout the world. From Police K9 to Military Working Dogs to commercial detection dogs, people recognize the value a trained detection canine can bring to their organization. Our Detection Dog Trainer Program is designed to teach the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in the canine detection industry.

Detection Dog Trainer SchoolOur program teaches students the proper methods of selecting a detection prospect, as well as imprinting and training the detection dog using methods proven to work. Dogs can be trained to detect narcotics, explosives, human remains, or even bedbugs, termites, or mold. Students will learn the foundational skills they need to train a dog with confidence that it will perform in the field. This program also covers canine case law pertinent to detection dogs, record keeping and report writing, maintenance training, proofing and problem solving for detection dogs.

Our trainers and facilities provide realistic training scenarios to prepare both student and canine for real-world detection work. Graduates of our program include Military, Police K9, and Civilian handlers and trainers.

Shorter programs are designed for those who already possess a solid understanding of canine behavior and have a strong background in professional K9 training or handling who are looking to polish their skills.

6 Week Program


Payments as Low as $89.40 per month

8 Week Program


Payments as Low as $116.09 per month

12 Week Program


Payments as Low as $151.03 per month

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Price includes deposit and program materials. Optional student housing is additional. Apply for our Detection Dog Trainer Program today!

Below is a brief outline for the Detection Dog Trainer Program. This outline does not cover all of the material, lectures, discussions and hands-on application that is covered during the program and is provided to give a general idea of the material covered during the program. Practical application evaluations and written examinations occur following each week’s instruction.

Week One – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Introduction and Ethology
Introduction to Professional Dog Training as a Career
– Evolution of the Canine
– Canine Ethology, & taxonomy
– Comparison of the Domestic Dog and other Canids
– Pedigree Research
Language of Dogs
– Reading and Understanding Canine Body Language and Stress Signals in Dogs
Applied Dog Behavior
– Understanding applied dog behavior
Clicker training as a method of Positive Reinforcement
Baiting and Luring dogs, using food as a reinforcement
Selection of Detection Prospects
– Selecting and Testing Puppies
– Selecting and Testing Adult Dogs

Drive Development for Detection Work:
Puppy development
Understanding and Assessing Prey Drive
Hunting Ability
Record Keeping and Report Writing
Canine Case Law
Detection Cases and the 4th Amendment

Week Two – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Practical Application of Baiting and Luring Dogs
How Dogs Learn
– Learning Theory and Principles

– Application of Reinforcement Schedules
– Behavior Shaping and Fundamentals of Training
EXCEL-erated Learning
Working with Puppies
Crate Training and Housebreaking/ Puppies
Detection Training Equipment:
– Leashes and Collars
– Lines
– Detection Boxes
– Remote Training Devices

Week Three – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Proper Application of Training Tools
Practical Socialization
Testing Dogs
Purely Positive Training
Training Narcotics Detection Dogs
– Imprinting
– Simple Direct Association
– Deferred Response
– Other Detection Training Methods
– Search Methods
– Teaching the Alert
– Proofing

Training Explosives Detection Dogs
– Recognition of Explosives and Explosive Devices
– Imprinting
– Search Methods
– Teaching the Alert
– Proofing
– Problem Solving

Practical Detection Exercises

Week Four – Detection Dog Trainer Program

A Dogs’ Mind
Behavior Problems
– Effective Behavior Analysis
– Dominance and Aggression
– Phobias and Fear Aggression
– Possessive Aggression
– Territorial Aggression
– Maternal Aggression
– Idiopathic Aggression
– Neurotic Behaviors
Successfully Resolving Problem Behaviors
Dog Aggression BITING
Behavior Analysis Assignment
Unconventional Detection Odors
– Mold Detection
– Bed Bug Detection
– Scat Detection
– Termite Detection
– Truffle Detection
– Other odors

Practical Detection Exercises

Week Five – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Marketing Your Dog Training Business
Advertising Strategies for Dog Trainers
Website Planning and Design
– Site Structure
– Form vs. Function
– Blogs and other Web Marketing Ideas
Kennel Management
Running a Boarding Kennel
Working with Clients
Practical Business Management Assignments
Behavior Analysis Practical Examination
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Six – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Explore Dog Specialties
– Agility
– Treibball
– K9 Scent Work
– Protection
– Search and Rescue
Attend a Private Lesson
Pet First Aid and CPR
Veterinary and Canine Medical Issues
– Understanding What is Normal
– Preventive Medicine
– Treatments for Illness
Agility Training for Detection Dogs
– Agility Course Layout
– Confidence Development
– Teaching Practical Agility
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Seven – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Detection Dog Handler Instruction
– Teaching Detection Dog Handlers
– Creating Effective Lesson Plans
– Aspects of Remedial Training
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Eight – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Advanced Detection and Interdiction Methods
– Effectively Searching Passenger Vehicles
– Commercial Vehicle Searches
– Criminal Interdiction Methods
– Practical Search Exercises


Week Nine – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Building Search Methods for Detection Handlers
– Building Search Methods
– Building Search Strategies
– Introduction of High / Deep Hides
– Conducting Effective Parcel Searches
– Problem Solving
– Maintenance Training
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Ten – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Commercial Vehicle Search Methods
– Tractor Trailers
– Airplanes
– Trains
– Other Commercial Vehicles
– Problem Solving
– Maintenance Training
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Eleven – Detection Dog Trainer Program

Commercial Detection Services
– Understanding the Commercial Detection Industry
– Special Aspects of Commercial Detection
Practical Detection Exercises

Week Twelve – Detection Dog Trainer Program

K9 Unit Supervision and Management
Certification Issues and Requirements
The Role of Scenario Based Certifications
Practical Detection Exercises


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