Handler Education

Knowledge, proficiency, and technical expertise serve as the foundation for professional canine handlers around the globe. VWK9 Academy is an industry recognized premier provider of basic and advanced handler/trainer education. We empower handlers and trainers with instructional programs derived from real world experience, lessons learned, and innovative techniques that allow organizations to build institutional knowledge from establishment, maintenance and growth of their canine programs.

DUAL-PURPOSE-K9-HANDLER-COURSE

DUAL-PURPOSE K9 HANDLER COURSE (7-WEEKS)

  • Distraction Training
  • Patrol Functions
  • Effective Transitions
  • Search Techniques
  • Deployment Considerations
  • Learning Theory/Principles of Conditioning

VAPOR-WAKE®-K9-HANDLER-COURSE

VAPOR WAKE® K9 HANDLER COURSE (7 WEEKS)

  • Body-worn Explosive Detection
  • Traditional Search Techniques
  • Effective Employment
  • Extending the Search
  • Importance of Canine Independence

SINGLE-PURPOSE-K9-HANDLER-COURSE

SINGLE PURPOSE K9 HANDLER COURSE (5-WEEKS)

  • Handling Techniques
  • Defining the Search
  • Effective Employment
  • Search Patterns and Technique
  • Learning Theory/Principles of Conditioning

SINGLE-PURPOSE-K9-TRAINER-COURSE

SINGLE PURPOSE K9 TRAINER COURSE (4-Weeks)

  • Canine Selection and Procurement
  • Odor Imprintation Methods
  • Introduction to Productive Areas
  • Extending the Search and Problem Solving

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ADVANCED-EDD HANDLER COURSE (2-WEEKS)

  • Exposure to large Explosive Hides
  • IED/HME Kinesthetic Lab
  • Live TATP and HMTD Training
  • Individualized and Targeted Training

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2019-2020 Handler Education Course Brochure