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Proper maintenance training requires planning, preparation, and execution

Planning is deciding what your dog needs, along with training that will develop the desired result. In real Law Enforcement canine deployments, teams never know what challenges their next call for service will contain.. Every deployment will include different combinations of time of day, weather, landscape, tactical issues, actions by suspects and civilians, legal issues, distractions, packaging (Detector Dogs), and the number of things to search. Learning is a process where scenarios are deliberately presented to the team producing obstacles or distractions for the handler to solve and the dog to overcome. Progress depends on the canine team’s ability to complete the exercise.

The majority of Law Enforcement work involves the use of canines in some scent-driven tasks. Tracking, Building Search, Area Search, Evidence Recovery, Narcotics, Explosives, Arson, and Game detection are some of the ways we use the super-sensitive noses of our canine partners. Proficiency in all areas is necessary for operational readiness. Accuracy determines how fast the canine should work. Training doesn’t stop when the team becomes certified; that’s just the beginning. Functional training is the next level of achievement and is based on possible scenarios you could see at work.

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What is Fluency?

Have you ever said or heard “but he does it at the training area” when your dog fails to respond correctly in an environment that is new to him? You have just acknowledged that your dog has not yet generalized the behavior to all contexts and lacks Fluency. Fluency is when your dog knows how to search for odor or human scent, knows how to track, knows obedience, and agility, and will do that anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstances.

K9 Policy Changes that Reflect Best Practices and Reduce Liability

What is Residual Odor

Residual Odor

Several court cases I have been involved with centered around residual odor prompted me to explain what it is and how you define it. Canine handlers have used residual odor for years to identify an odor plume followed by a K9 to a source, where nothing was found. The judge wanted to know how a canine could smell something not present in one case. In the second case, an expert from the other side was testifying that it is a dead odor, and we should be training our canines to a threshold so the dog would ignore odors that are no longer there.

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Invitation for Detection & Patrol Dog Handlers

Invitation for Detection & Patrol Dog Handlers
Want a more accurate detection dog? More power in patrol work? More stamina during tracking?


We are excited to announce that Erica C. Boling, PhD of Northeast K9 Conditioning is once again offering her highly popular, online workshop, 7 Ways to Enhance Performance for Detection and Patrol Dogs

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CARFAX for Police

Welcome CARFAX for Police as the lead contributor to the Retired K-9 Assistance Fund. CARFAX for Police, a leading provider of trusted insights and solutions that power law enforcement agencies’ mission to protect and serve, has made a $5,000 contribution to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Foundation’s Retired K-9 Assistance Fund. The contribution kicks off the USPCA’s national effort to provide support for the handlers of retired police canines so they can receive the best possible care following their service.

“To put it simply, all of us at CARFAX are dog people,” said Lt. Michael Ledoux (retired), Business Development Manager at CARFAX when he reached out to USPCA. “We realize how essential it is for law enforcement agencies to have full support for K-9s and contributing to this fund is just the right thing to do. Retired K9s, their handlers, and their families need resources, and we are honored to be able to help.” 

Police Dog Handling

Police dog handling requires more ongoing mindfulness than any other law enforcement discipline.

With the exception of horses, all other police tools are inanimate objects. As the only law enforcement tool that continually interacts with the environment, police dogs’ behavior changes over time.  As a result, the dog’s training is never “done.” Since a canine handler and the police dog spend most of their waking hours together, the canine handler is the person solely responsible for that dog’s performance.  That is not just a matter of policy, it is a pure behavioral fact. Even in units large enough to have dedicated trainers, their span of control and administrative load mean they cannot begin to approach the degree of influence over the dog the individual handler has.

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K9 Command & Control from the Ground UP

K-9 Command and Control from the Ground Up 

November 10th, 12 noon Central Time

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Navigating the K-9 Import Business

United States Police Canine Association August Webinar
Navigating the K-9 Import Business
Too many agencies lack experts who can sort through the deception tactics utilized by some importers and exporters. This webinar highlights the issues. 
September 8, 12 noon Central Time
Featured Speaker Steve Pearson
This free webinar is open to all Law Enforcement Canine Handlers, Supervisors, Trainers, and Administrators
Contact [email protected]  for the link

Are You One Bite Away From Jail?

Are You One Bite Away From Jail?

What Are You Doing to Protect Yourself?

Featured Speaker Eugene Ramirez USPCA Attorney
August 12th, 12 pm Central Time
Open to all Law Enforcement Canine Handlers, Trainers, and Supervisors
For a link to this webinar, send an email to:

USPCA Retired K9 Assistance Fund

Here is what the USPCA is doing!   

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USPCA Supervisor Webinar

Best Practices in K9 Policing

"What every K-9 Supervisor needs to know

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K9 Matching Grant Program

The United States Police Canine Association, Inc. (USPCA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have agreed to form an alliance. One of the benefits of this alliance is AKC Reunite, Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant. Our association with AKC allows us to sponsor USPCA members for grants to purchase canines. For more information on how you can take advantage of this benefit check here or contact Executive Director Don Slavik

Northeast K9 Conditioning

Discover how to enhance search effectiveness, increase tracking stamina, and create more powerful patrol work! Dr. Erica Boling from Northeast K9 Conditioning is offering another free online workshop June 29th. Reserve your spot today!  

K 9 Policy Changes that Reflect Best Practices and Reduce Liability

Check out our latest Webinar Video on Youtube

Interview with Ray Murphy from HRD

Help those that help you!

Help Police Canine Members - Engage in education, training, and certifications regarding the care, handling, and training of police dogs and other working dogs used to advance public safety. 

Make a generous donation today

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How to Testify like a Professional

Canine Terminology

Glossary of Terms often used in Police Canine Training, Deployments, Depositions, and Court Room Situations
The document is located in Canine Resources