Training the Police K9 Decoy

with Kevin Sheldahl

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 5 Modules

Access Period: 1 year

Price: $50.00

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Every department that has a police K 9 program should provide training for the decoys that help train their police service dogs. This course goes a long way towards providing that training.
Before a police K 9 handler can take his dog out for bite work training he has to convince another officer to assist in the training. More often than not that officer has no training in being a decoy. They simply put a bite suit or sleeve on and become a bite pillow for the police dog. This is not only dangerous for the decoy it can also result in an injury to the dog. While being a decoy is inherently dangerous and no course will prevent every accident, this course will reduce these risks.  In addition, it is recognized that a quality decoy can make or break a K-9 program.  Although we cannot give experience to decoys in this format we can start them on the way to helping grow a K-9 program through understanding the basic goals of training and maintaining a police service dog in their apprehension capabilities.



This course is designed to facilitate one of the most important and often neglected aspects of a police service dog program. The training decoy is an integral part of a strong, effective, and safe police patrol dog program. Accomplishing this is done by being sure the handler and the training decoys are educated to work together, understand the drives and character traits associated with training dogs to locate and capture potentially dangerous suspects. Without proper training a decoy becomes simply someone willing to get bit. This relationship can adversely effect a police service dogs abilities and impact the agency employing such a dog through increased liability and/or ineffective behaviors, not to mention its ill effects on officer safety. Handlers, decoys, and departmental instructors are encouraged to attend this course.





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