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Todd has been a Police Officer with the East Hartford Police Department in Connecticut since 2002. He became a K9 unit handler in 2006 and currently works a Dual Purpose Patrol/Gun detection K9. Todd has been a Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Maintenance Trainer since 2014, became a CPWDA Trainer in 2014, and a NAPWDA Trainer in 2022. He has also served as the Lead Trainer/Instructor at Capital Region K9 Training Academy and in services since 2014.
INCREASING HUNT DRIVE & EXPANDING THE BUILDING SEARCH
From the K9 warnings leading to the start of the building search, to encountering building environmental factors, the K9 being able to alert/communicate effectively to the handler as to where a subject is hiding and effectively apprehending the subject so a safe approach and arrest can occur; building searches are arguably the most complex task we ask of our K9 partners. This class takes a modular approach on how the building search is broken down into four parts: the announcement, the search, the alert, and the apprehension all while increasing hunt drive. The class will also explain how to properly train and manage these four components to help maximize your dog's performance, how to properly prepare for environmental factors during the search and environmental factors during the apprehension.
The goal of the course is to use a three phase approach which will increase the dogs hunt drive to the handlers desired level. To extract the dogs greatest potential to search with clarity and high intensity. To teach and demonstrate both off and on-leash searches using the three phase method. Teach and demonstrate integrating directional commands which can be overlapped or used in conjunction with laser guided searches.
-Normal K9 Deployment Gear