USPCA Webinars

How to Manage Distractions In Police K9 Detection Work

We will discuss the what, where, and when of distraction work and how to use this training to understand your dog's body language better. After completing this webinar, you will know how to set up a distraction exercise for your K9 and how to use that exercise to build confidence in you and your partner.


Police K9 Core Competencies v Training to Hours

Historically, 16 hours a month for police K9 training has been the standard for law enforcement agencies. This standard does not recommend which competencies a canine team needs for proficiency. Instead, we are left to infer a 16 hours regimen is in and of itself an adequate skill maintenance schedule. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The amount of time required for maintenance training for police dogs can vary greatly depending on several factors, including:

2022 K9 Liability Update

Police K9 Liability

Change is Coming

K9 issues of the day, avoiding litigation and prosecution: ~ K9 deployment criteria (policy check-up) ~ Duration of bite (how long is too long) ~ Use of a K9 for pain compliance (when is it ok) The featured Speaker is Scott Sargent former K9 handler - Retired from LAPD as the Commander of the Use of Force Unit. Scott is now an attorney with unique insight into police canine issues. This is for all canine handlers, trainers, and supervisors who wish to avoid litigation.


Thousand Hour Eyes

The eight scent work indicators as described by the late Dr. Stephen Mackenzie, Ph.D. A simple, systematic process for reading any dog’s scenting behaviors How to use your cellphone to analyze help build your dog’s unique scent work indicator database. How to take your scent work to the next level How to cut in half the time it takes to teach new handlers how to read their dog’s scenting behaviors A simple, clear, science-based way to explain canine scenting behavior to judges, juries, and critics.

Training to Tactics: Beyond Tactical Training

This webinar distinguishes between police canine certification and scenario-based deployment training. They are not the same. We all indeed need to certify our canine teams, but we must also train for the tactics we ultimately use in real deployments.


What You Need To Know About Search and Rescue, and Cadaver Dogs

Join Robin Greubel for a discussion about search and rescue dogs, the different types, what to look for in qualifications and what the dogs and their handlers should be able to do. You will leave with a great overview to be able to serve your community when this type of resource is needed.



K9 Policy Changes that Reflect Best Practices and Reduce Liability

This webinar details the causes of police canine unit failures. Generally, they fall into categories like administration, supervision, training, and policy failures. This discussion shows a way to fix the failures and bulletproof yourself in the future.


Are You One Bite Away From Jail? What Are You Doing To Protect Yourself?

This webinar discusses how the use of force policies are changing concerning police canine deployment. The word " necessary " in a policy makes the policy more difficult than the current case law of Graham v. Conner. What was necessary at the time of the use of force may be viewed as unnecessary in hindsight. Knowledge of these trends and understanding that current case law may not reflect law enforcement and the public desire.


What Every K9 Unit Supervisor Needs to Know, Leadership Musts


This webinar discusses police canine supervision and the responsibilities of a supervisor or administrator in detail. Failure of supervisors to take an active role may cause some of the incidents with police canines. Speakers demonstrate successful techniques for managing a canine program



Navigating the K9 Import Business

This video talks about the fraud and lies within the Police K9 Import Business.