Working K9 Handler Academy

Our Mission / To provide high quality, interactive classes designed for the continuing education of working K9 handlers or others interested in the field of working K9s.

Customized Training & Consulting

We look forward to creating a custom program for your organization.  Some potential topics are:

  • K9 learning and body language of working dogs

  • Problem solving for working dogs (detection & protection)

  • Working K9 development

  • Training protocol development and evaluation

  • Selection & Assessment of Handlers, Trainers & their K9 partners

  • Scent/odor K9 and unit training

  • K9 unit development and implementation

  • Specialist trainer and handler training

  • K9 Team Evaluations

  • Managing Land Search Operations/Managing Lost/Missing Person Incidents

  • Ground searcher training

  • Orientation to Search & Rescue 

Virtual Online Courses

  • On Demand Webinar > Exterior Odor/Scent Theory Fundamentals
    On Demand
    Two Week Access to four hours of material
    On Demand
    Two Week Access to four hours of material
    This four hour webinar covers the basics of odor/scent movement in exterior environments. Understanding these concepts help to shape search strategy and deciphering your dogs change of behavior.
  • Crime Scene Preservation and Search Incident Considerations for the Professional Volunteer
    Online - Link in description to register
    Where ever your computer is!
    Online - Link in description to register
    Where ever your computer is!
    This class offers an overview of crime scene preservation for the professional search and rescue volunteer. Please click on the link in the description to register and begin the course.
  • Water Awareness Course
    Online Independent Study
    Where ever your computer is.
    Online Independent Study
    Where ever your computer is.
    Bowling Green State University, University of Akron, the State of Ohio Water Technical Advisory Committee and the Ohio Division of Natural Resources
  • Hazard Materials Awareness
    Online Independent Study
    Where ever your computer is!
    Online Independent Study
    Where ever your computer is!
    Participants will learn how to recognize a hazardous materials release and the risks involved. They will also learn how to identify the released material; how to use available resources, including the Emergency Response Guidebook; and how to notify the proper authorities in the event of a hazardous
  • Introduction to K9 Search & Rescue Webinar
    Thu, Mar 25
    Online Through Zoom
    Mar 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Online Through Zoom
    Getting started in K9 Search and Rescue can be exciting and overwhelming. Join this two hour webinar to learn about this rewarding and challenging volunteer profession.
  • K9 Team Search Strategy for Large Areas
    Mar 17, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Zoom
    This four part webinar covers the basics of search strategy development in exterior environments for canine detection teams. Understanding how to develop, adapt and document your search helps inform command so better planning can take place.