5-Day Advanced Police Canine Explosive Detection Course

This intense course will expose each Canine Officer Team to a variety of live military & commercial high-explosives in realistic scenarios.  This course provides a unique realistic experience utilizing Police Canines to locate and identify explosives in buildings, vehicles, public transportation, and on queued individuals.

During this five-day course, Law Enforcement Officers will cover all necessary blocks of instruction needed to successfully place their canine in the most advantageous location to detect a target odor if present. The Officers will also learn the physiological effects air current drafts and scent pools to help better increase the survivability of both themselves and their canines.  Officers will receive formal classroom instruction on vetted tactics and procedures of canine integration as well as participate in dynamic, hands on practical exercises in all areas listed below:

  • Odor theory, Canine Physiology, Considerations of Permeability (Brief)
  • Canine Odor Threshold Evaluations / Change of Behavior Identification (6’ Lead, Brick Wall / Odor Tubes) (Practical Exercise with Live Explosives)
  • Change of Behavior Video Review (6’ Lead, Brick Wall / Odor Tubes) (Classroom Review)
  • Canine Odor Proximity Evaluations / Change of Behavior Identification (30’ Lead, Open Area, Buried Hides) (Practical Exercise with Live Explosives)
  • Change of Behavior Video Review (30’ Lead, Open Area, Buried Hides)
  • Operant Conditioning in Relation to Environmental Stressors
  • Multi-Environmental, Detection Conditioning
  • Desensitization of External Stressors Through Successive Approximation
  • Improvised Explosive Device / Homemade Explosive Device (IED/HME) Trigger Identification / Common Improvised Explosive Device Odor
  • Residential Neighborhood Clearance Operations with added Environmental Stressors an IEDs
  • Residential Neighborhood Clearance Operations Video Review
  • Dangers of Inadvertent Imprinting of Component and Novelty Odors
  • Detection of Buried Hides at Multiple Depths and Integration of Blanks
  • Pedesis & Brownian Motion’s Effects on Odor Movement
  • Common Canine Changes of Behavior in relation to Odor Saturation and Generalization
  • Introduction to Mass Odor Buried Hides (Representative of Common IED/HME Weight
  • Detection of IED/HME with Incrementally Increased Set Times Varying from 24 Hours to 1 Week
  • Incorporation of Variable Reward System for Use in Real World Applications
  • Canine Odor Threshold / Proximity Validations – Practical Exercise & Video Review
  • Scenario Based; Open Area, Road Clear and Structure Transition Detection Exercise with Live Explosives

        Must bring Police Canine – 6 Students Minimum to form class.