Canine Alert Behavior and Indication Foundations

This course will teach the basic components of alert behavior and differentiate it from a final trained indication. In a properly trained indication, the target odor acts as a cue to prompt a trained behavior. Each handler will be able to identify alert behavior, each canine in the course will solidify an already trained indication and strengthen the cue association with a target odor.

This class has both classroom and practical exercises. Please bring your K9 to class in order to participate in the practical exercises. Students without a K9 will be selected to operate as a Search Team Manager throughout the course. Shaded and cooled areas will be provided for K9s in the classroom and at 3 locations throughout the drill field. Please bring a crate for your K9. Crates can be left overnight.

Training Requirements of the K9:

  • Must have a solid and reliable recall for safety
  • Must not be people or dog aggressive
  • *The dogs work off-leash with many people around and with other off-leash dogs. We won’t take the risk of a dog fight or dog bite. If we see behavior that is concerning we will discuss it with the handler and determine a plan for management which could include asking the K9 not to participate in the practical exercises.

    *Dogs are expected to be leashed when not working and we encourage you to crate your dog between exercises. Handlers are required to pick up after their dogs. Trash bags will be placed at all training sites.