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

Building a Bond with Your K9 Partner

The day a K9 officer meets his or her partner is a day a lifelong bond is formed. It isn’t hard to under­stand why—though they’ve got a badge and a set of crucial skills, at the end of the day, K9 officers are waggly-tailed, lovable companions that just so happen to be pretty big badasses, too. It’s for all of these reasons that K9s are growing in demand in police departments in the United States and throughout the world.

 Police dogs have a long history in law en­forcement, used since the Middle Ages. To­day, these brave officers are trained in vari­ous high-stakes police jobs, from protecting their handlers to sniffing out drugs, to identi­fying explosives. Of course, these dogs are also vital in searching for missing people, with German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are among the most common breeds employed for human search applications.

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Planning for the Future

Do your plans include looking for a new dog, K9 Training, K9 Equipment, or the latest electronics for your training records or police vehicle? How about the latest in nutrition? We have the answers for you! Check out these sources for all your needs.

Basic School Selection

When selecting a school for initial canine training, make sure they offer everything you need for your agency. There are several options available for schools. They are, the handler goes through a course and is involved with all the training. Or you get a trained dog and attend several weeks working with the dog. It used to be all about the quality of the dog, and that is still important. Over time we have realized that handler knowledge is essential to a successful canine team. It is especially vital when your needs involve a patrol dog. The school curriculum must have enough time allotted to understand the training the dog has or will receive. Practical deployment training is also critical for the handler to see how their canine works in different contexts.

If you have questions, please contact me: [email protected]

Podcasts from K9s Talking Scents

Two Podcasts from K9s Talking Scents

Both have information that can help in your Training

Science of Working Dogs
The Great Podcast Mashup 

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Bridging the Gap by Ted Summers

Bridging the Gap
By Ted Summers

In February of 2013 the Supreme Court of The United States decided a landmark case specifically dealing with Police Service Dogs. The implications of that decision are far reaching enough that we may not have seen the full effects and may not for years. The initial case and decision dealt with narcotics detection, the training records of the K9 team, and the subsequent certifications of those teams.

In the Harris decision one question that was addressed was; what is required to establish that [a] dog is well trained? While this was specifically a detection case, it did issue a blueprint on a way to test every individual deployment of a canine, whether that be on a detection deployment to detect the odor of contraband or to track and finally apprehend a person suspected of committing a serious crime. The court did not rule out questioning the reliability where specific grounds exist. They took great care to determine what “well trained” meant. One Justice took aim directly at both training and testing standards. Justice Kagen went as far as to say;

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