Module 1

Introduction and Goals of the Course


Training the Novice K-9 Decoy


  • No tests this week



1 min 33 sec


Often K-9 handlers need department personnel to assist in maintaining their police dogs.  This often falls onto the volunteer who is available to help.  This isn't the best solution to training police dogs but, unfortunately, it is a common situation where there are no highly experienced training decoys available to the handler.  Since not training isn't an option, this course is developed to provide safety information and basic decoy skills to any novice willing to support their department's K-9 program.
To that end, we will present basic information about the drives and character traits of the working police service dog, equipment available to support maintaining the police service dog, and techniques in applying the equipment including safety issues.  We will then look at the standards and performance of the team.  The decoy must know what is expected of the dog in a given circumstance to assess their own behaviors.
We will apply these skills in scenarios designed to achieve the goals of a street-competent police service dog.
Throughout this course, we will emphasize technique for the decoy in being the combatant for the team.  This will help them become a great sparring partner, who can take pride in their K-9 program by supporting it in a very crucial way.