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  • K-9 Spring Cleaning

    Now that in most areas of the country are having the snow melt off and creating mud, it seems that this few week period can be almost worse than the rest of the winter.

    Article • March 14th, 2014

  • Honoring A Partner

    When it comes to the loss of a police canine, I feel that we should honor their service, whether that’s a traditional police memorial service or something a little more private.

    Article • February 13th, 2014

  • K9 Handler Resolutions

    So, have you made a New Year’s resolution? Seeing how this is an article about canine’s, how could you apply a New Year’s resolution to your canine career? There are several ways.

    Article • January 10th, 2014

  • Winter K9 Operations

    Winter time is upon us and brings on challenges that the other seasons don’t present, such as freezing water/rain, frigid temperatures and traction. Everyone must equip themselves for it, including us, the police.

    Article • December 12th, 2013

  • Canine and Handler Fitness

    Staying in shape isn't about bench pressing 300 pounds or running five minute miles. We are not trying to be some super athlete, but we need to be in fair enough shape to do our jobs without being exhausted after a short period of time.

    Article • October 10th, 2013

  • Handling K9 Bite Evidence

    When the case goes to court, whether it is criminal or civil, these issues will be brought up.

    Article • August 8th, 2013

  • Canines and Gunfire

    Typically during initial canine training, the canine is exposed to gun fire to get them familiar and use to it, so they don’t want to go running away from it. If they can’t handle the sound of gun fire, they aren’t much good to us.

    Article • July 11th, 2013

  • The Value of Police K9 Competition

    Throughout the year, the USPCA conducts regional certification trials. The certification trials are not only for certification, but are also a competition showing who the best team in the region is.

    Article • June 13th, 2013

  • Police K9 Memorials: Remember All of the Fallen

    USPCA and Ray Allen Manufacturing are working on the National Law Enforcement Animal Memorial.

    Article • May 9th, 2013

  • Legal K9 Searches - SCOTUS Verdict

    Back in my November 2012 article, I discussed the Florida v. Joelis Jardines case that was before the Supreme Court. On March 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court (S.C.O.T.U.S.) made a decision, and that decision is the topic of this article.

    Article • April 12th, 2013

  • Handler Protection & Subject Apprehension, Pt 2

    Canine bite work is not just for subject apprehension, but for handler protection as well. During the training, the bond between the canine and handler will become very strong. With that bond will be the natural want to protect their handler, but that...

    Article • March 14th, 2013

  • Handler Protection & Subject Apprehension Pt. 1

    I firmly believe in the reward system during training, whether that is a ball, pats on the head, praise, chew rope, or combination of rewards. In early stages of training or for pet dogs, I can see using food as a reward before you have developed their...

    Article • February 21st, 2013

  • K9 Operations In The Winter

    Winter is in full swing and hitting some areas of the U.S. pretty hard. Back in July, I wrote the article “Canine Health in the Heat”. Just as with the heat, there are health concerns in the winter months and operational issues.

    Article • January 10th, 2013

  • Selecting The Better K9 Handler

    I have always believed that a police officer should have several attributes: honest, courteous, respectful, dependable, professional, and in decent physical shape. When it comes time for police administrators to select an officer to be a canine handler...

    Article • December 13th, 2012

  • Legal K9 Searches

    Lately I’ve seen many news reports of a U.S. Supreme Court case involving K9 searches. The particular case I’ve been seeing has to do K9 Franky from the Miami-Dade Police Department and an arrest that was made in December 2006. I am going to discuss...

    Article • November 15th, 2012

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