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May 9th, 2012
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Certification & Deployment Standards for Police Service Dogs with Kevin Sheldahl DVD

Certification & Deployment Standards for Police Service Dogs with Kevin Sheldahl

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Kevin Sheldahl has been involved in police service dog training for nearly 30 years. He has served as a police K9 handler, as well as an instructor. Over the course of his career he has trained over 200 police K9 handlers and dogs, from the beginning all the way to deployment ready. In addition to handling an operational dog, Kevin also certifies police service dogs for several major police departments throughout the country.

This DVD will take a look at police K9 certification standards and show how to convert them into a deployment standard.  We will show how the certification standards that a police service dog must attain are used in a practical application. It is important that all police service dogs are trained for street deployment not simply for certification.

During the filming of this DVD we worked with approximately 30 operational police dogs and handlers from all over the country. We used a variety of dogs from a variety of departments. This allowed us to show the broad picture of what different police service dogs are required to do.

Not every area of operation has the same distractions. However when training a police service dog it is important to train in as many new and distracting environments as possible. During the course of this DVD you will see dogs operating under a chemical environment (CS gas), in crawl spaces, in prison cells, traffic stops, black out conditions, and several other distractions.

This DVD is meant to be used as a guideline for what your police service dog and handler should be able to do. This DVD is not only meant for the K9 handlers but should be used as a tool for supervisors to better understand the capability of the police service dogs at their disposal.

What will be covered in the DVD

  • Obedience in action
    • Heeling, a means of traveling to an assignment.
    • Down, an absolute used to control the PSD and the situation.
    • Sit, an unnecessary skill that has convention.
    • Here, a necessary skill for any dog.
    • These few skills done under distraction.
  • Agility for service dogs
    • Practical application of jumping and climbing.
  • Tracking skills for the Patrol Dog
    • Evidence indication
    • Subject indication
  • Encounters/interviews
    • Not necessary for all service dogs.
    • Needed by those who patrol on foot or do activities such as door checks at businesses.
    • Attentiveness/ vigilance an attribute necessary for the dog to immediately respond to an assault/attack on the handler (may not be necessary for all patrol dog teams depending on their work environment).
    • Handler protection
    • Combat and defense of the handler
    • Control
  • Surveillance
    • Surveillance in the modern SD is the practice of placing the dog in a position where the handler and the SD can see the same thing and the handler can observe whether the SD is attending to the area/target.
  • Announcements
    • The announcement in training the SD is an integral portion of the training.  It prepares the SD for what is next.  It also fulfills a need in the deployment of a SD to provide the opportunity for a suspect to stop the activities which they are engaged in which placed LE in the position of applying this particular tool (SD).  In addition the announcement allows for the possibility of bystanders or unauthorized personnel to communicate their presence in a search area.
  • Pursuit
    • The action of chasing a fleeing suspect, it may be started from a vehicle, heeling, or a surveillance position or initiated while the SD is engaged in searching.
  • Detain/capture/call out/recall
    • A variety of non-contact means of manipulating the SD during a capture in which the suspect has expressed/demonstrated their willingness to comply with law enforcement.  The technique is dependent on training, practices, circumstances, and tactics.
  • Release
    • There are a variety of releases, these refer to contact and non contact procedures in the capture of a suspect or in an emergency should an unintended contact occur.  These are a variety of Tactical Releases, verbal releases and a modification called a disengage as well as an emergency release.
  • Arrest/guard
    • A group of procedures where the SD is attentive to the actions of a suspect as well as the directions of the handler during an arrest procedure, many of these dovetail with the releases above.
  • Search
    • The searches in which a SD engages are of two types, a directed or a undirected search.  In application the two are often used in conjunction with one another.
      • Interior
      • Exterior
      • Applying obedience in the process of the search (down w/ vigilance).
      • Applying the go out or go away into the search.
      • Specialty searches, chemical environment.
  • Specialty Deployments
    • Vehicles clearing
      • High risk traffic stops
    • Forced extractions
      • High risk captures/online/offline
  • Incorporating the Service Dog handler skills into scenario based training
    • Bringing it all together in a modern training format.
    • Understanding the concept of a minimum number of skills in a maximum number of environments.  Creating robust behaviors that work in a law enforcement context.

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