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Multi-Service Police Canine Patrol

CTI's full service training curriculum encompasses a full program of obedience, confidence course, tracking, narcotics detection, article search and felon search/apprehension.  All canine/handler teams are taught basic obedience and obstacle/confidence course work. CTI requires all units to demonstrate basic proficiency in the area of obedience and canine control. The dog/handler teams are taught to heel (walk at the left side of handler), sit, down, recall, down stay and to focus on their handler while experiencing high levels of stress andCash distraction.

Narcotics Detection training includes discussion of the theories of substance detection and the abilities of our canines in this regard, the mechanics of scent migration and the influencing factors and correct deployments and search patterns. Each canine is taught scent identification and association of four separate base substances and their derivatives (i.e. Cannabis and Hashish are trained as a single substance as are Cocaine and Crack Cocaine). The handlers are trained in search and deployment techniques applicable to various physical sites and environmental settings such as; industrial, warehouse, manufacturing, institutional, personal homes, public business, retailers, outdoor areas (urban and rural) and exterior vehicle searches. Most dogs are taught an active form of indication (bark and scratch), as this method is very effective and highly motivational for the canine. Handlers are instructed to minimize any possible damage by using a quick reward technique coupled with their ability to read the body language of their dog.

CainAggressionFelon Search and Apprehension: This topic encompasses the required skills and deployment techniques for both area search and building search exercises as well as officer protection. The basic skills taught to the canine, as well as motivational factors, are generally the same for all apprehension deployments. The canine will quickly grasp the basic concepts of these exercises and proficiency is developed via repetition, motivational reward and the exposure to as many varied locations, environments and structures as possible.

CTI will rarely accept, for police service training, any canine candidate that has prior aggression or Schutzhund sport training. It has been my experience, this training and the associated behaviors most often contradict the requirements of an effective police service canine.

CTI normally will train an active find and bite format for all deployments. This methodology greatly reduces canine and officer safety issues as well as the exposure to civil litigation. CTI does not believe a dog has the capacity to make the decision of a bite versesArgo no bite apprehension. The handler is responsible and properly equipped, due to his training and knowledge of his dog, to make correct decisions in regard to the deployment of his canine, so he/she controls the subsequent outcome of that deployment.

Our full course outline is available to certified law-enforcement agencies, on request.