K-9 Critical Issues


This course is focused for new and existing K-9 Handlers, Supervisors, and K-9 Trainers, and those looking to add a K9 program to their agency to provide a much-needed and often Accredited required K-9 update. Participants will be actively engaged using videos, classroom exercises, and classroom scenarios. Handlers are NOT required to bring their dog, however, there will be frequent breaks during the class so handlers can check and exercise their dogs.

  • Block #1 – Participant Introductions and purpose of K-9 Units.
  • Block #2 – K-9 Unit Leadership, Policy, Culture, and Liability.
  • Block #3 – Training, Use of Force, Drug/Explosive Searches, and other deployments.
  • Block #4 – Media, Public Relations, Budgets, and next steps.


Course Objectives:  Handlers/Supervisors in this course will be exposed to:

  • Does the community need a K-9 and why?
  • K-9 Unit Leadership.
  • K-9 Liability Aspects, Mutual Aid Issues.
  • K-9 Culture and Social Media.
  • Basic training, certifications, and in-service scenario-based training.
  • Media and Public Relations.
  • Use of Force and Deployment- How is the Graham Standard changing for K-9.
  • Search policy.
  • Care and Maintenance/FLSA issues.
  • Budget Preparation.
  • Future of K-9; Next Step.

Student Testimonials:

“As a supervisor of a K9 Unit, with no K9 handler background, this course is exceptionally beneficial to provide a solid foundation for continued education. Several topics, unless covered by knowledgeable professionals, would go unknown, and potentially have a significant impact on the agency down the road. This knowledge better prepares supervisors to know what to look for and help support their K9 Units.”

“Having a presenter that has worked in the field and has the hands on experience is priceless.”


Upcoming Class Dates

Nov 14: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
New England HIDTA
13 Branch Street, Suite 209
Methuen, MA, 01860
Price: $225