Torchlight K9 has presented several seminars for Law Enforcement and Military K9 teams. Topics range from proper decoy work, stress inoculation for the patrol dog, administrative oversight, current case law, policy revision, tracking and trailing​, detection, problem solving for patrol work and several other areas. We offer 3 to 8 week handler schools for already trained dogs and recertification. For information about any of these courses or custom courses please feel free to email or call us.

DECOY SEMINAR OCT7-9

BASIC PATROL HANDLER COURSE – ON GOING

  1. Obedience
  2. Tactical Obedience
  3. Obstacle course
  4. Evidence Search
  5. Bark and Hold on request
  6. Call off
  7. Building Search
  8. Area Search
  9. Wind Scenting
  10. High Risk Traffic Stops
  11. Bail Outs
  12. Handler Protection
  13. E Collar Training
  14. Problem Solving
  15. Legal update releveant to city (if applicable), county/parish, state and ferderal decisions.

DUAL-PURPOSE COURSE: BASIC PATROL and NARCOTICS – ON GOING

The Dual-Purpose program includes Basic Patrol and includes an additional 40 hours of training in the following odors and exercises:

  1. Marijuana
  2. Heroin
  3. Cocaine
  4. Methamphetamine
  5. Passive or Aggressive Alerts
  6. Vehicles
  7. Residences
  8. Luggage
  9. Mail Packages
  10. Legal update releveant to city (if applicable), county/parish, state and ferderal decisions.

BASIC NARCOTIC DETECTION- ON GOING

  1. Obedience
  2. Obstacle Course
  3. Passive or Aggressive Alerts
  4. Marijuana
  5. Heroin
  6. Cocaine
  7. Methamphetamine
  8. Vehicles
  9. Residences
  10. Luggage
  11. Mail Packages
  12. Legal update releveant to city (if applicable), county/parish, state and ferderal decisions.

BASIC EXPLOSIVE DETECTION – ON GOING

  1. Thriteen Odors
  2. Passive Alert
  3. Obedience
  4. Vehicles
  5. Residences, Business and Goverement Buildings
  6. Luggage
  7. Mail Packages
  8. Open Area
  9. Legal update releveant to city (if applicable), county/parish, state and ferderal decisions.

SCENARIO-BASED DETECTION TRAINING- FEB, APRIL and JUNE 2017

The class impliments and demonstates a 4 pronged appriched to problem solving, handleing and deployments in a scenairo based class. The goal is to give the handler or trainer the ability identify deficency in protocols or training. 2 hour presention and 18 hours of field work.

  1. Masking agents
  2. Food distractors
  3. Animal odors
  4. Human Odor
  5. Open areas
  6. Vehicle
  7. Changing environments

SCENARIO-BASED PATROL AND HIGH RISK DEPLOYMENT-FEB, MARCH, MAY, SEPT and OCT 2017

This is our most popular course outside our standard handler courses. This scenario-based training class will cover the multiple-stress’ and the effects caused by stressful encounters during deployments and how to condition the K9 to increasing amounts of stress and pressure through scenario based training. The scenarios will increase the team’s confidence and effectiveness. Actual deployments will be used as models for examination and discussion during the lectures, then recreated in the field. The goal of the course is to give the team the ability to go back to a training group or department and effectively and critically evaluate local deployments, isolate deployment errors and provide corrective action and direction. Attendees MUST submit a current use of force policy. The policy must include containment and detainment procedures as well and precursors to K9 use of force. This is not a certification type course. The course uses skilled decoys and requires dogs to be neutral to gun fire and backing officers as simunition/UTM rounds and distraction/diversion devices are used. Skills, handling and training beyond certification type courses are covered and taught. The course revolves around core competencies outlined in the California POST Operational Guidelines for a SWAT K9 team. Attendees should be comfortable handling a service weapon while handling a dog and should be comfortable with a long gun.

POLICE SERVICE DOG DECOY COURSE – FEB, MARCH, MAY, SEPT, OCT and NOV 2017

This course covers the importance and need for skilled decoys in maintaining a patrol dog. The course is the most physically demanding course we conduct and requires the participants to work dogs most of the field days and 100% of the work is scenario based. This is not a “how to catch a dog” course, however we stress safety and dog dog safety. Attention is paid to actual deployments and the role of a decoy in maintaining a patrol dog. The goal of the course is to create a skilled decoy for training groups and departments. Open to civilians with approval and department recommendation. The 5 day curriculum includes large portions of the High-Risk Deployment course.

The course is limited to ten (10) participants and includes:

  1. Decoy safety
  2. Dog safety
  3. Decoy role in successful training and maintiance of patrol work
  4. Understanding of drives, aggression and prey
  5. Proper understanding and use of equipment
  6. Stress inoculation and channeling
  7. Properly utilize bite suit, inner arm, legs and back
  8. Apprehension placement behind doors and in vehicles
  9. Passive bites
  10. Scenario based

Torchlight K9 offeres the following courses and accredited training hours through The Council on Law Enforcement and Education and Traning in Oklahoma:​

  1. Advanced Decoy and Stress Inoculation 17-0289
  2. Basic Canine Single Purpose Handler Course (Drug Detection) 17-0285
  3. Basic Canine Single Purpose Handler Course (Drug Detection) 17-0286
  4. Canine Maintenance Days (1) 17-0280
  5. Canine Maintenance Days (2) 17-0281
  6. Canine Maintenance Days (3) 17-0282
  7. Decoy Intro 17-0291
  8. Decoy Seminar 17-0290
  9. Police Canine Explosive Detection 17-0293
  10. Police Canine Explosive Detection and Patrol 17-0294
  11. Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0292
  12. Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0287
  13. Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0288
  14. Police Canine Supervisor 17-0296
  15. Police Canine Trainer Course 17-0283
  16. Police Canine Trainer Course Intro 17-0284
  17. Puppy Development for Police Canine 17-0295 ​