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As with any profession, it is imperative that the team constantly increase their level of proficiency, and that all teams improve and energize when given fresh information. We hold Seminars for Law Enforcement Bloodhound Teams during each year, and often bring in guest instructors to expose the teams to new concepts, new scenarios, and new scientific evidence of bloodhound abilities. We confer with national experts from the FBI K-9 Evidence Response Unit, consultants, trainers and handlers to bring fresh challenges to the working teams.
Our training program includes bloodhound training, handler training, and continuing growth seminars to increase the effectiveness of working bloodhound teams.
Bloodhound puppies are born with an incredible skill since this breed has been bred for centuries to enhance the olfactory senses. A very simplistic illustration is this: When you or I may walk into a kitchen and say "I smell stew!", the bloodhound's ability allows him to smell the peas, carrots, meat, etc that make up the stew.
The bloodhound puppies begin their journey to greatness as soon as they are born. Our nursery team begins their work of handling, feeding, testing and evaluating. Along with their mother's milk, the puppies are fed by bottle twice a day in order to create the partnership of human and animal. We introduce mild stressors to increase their ability to handle unusual situations by building their confidence. At 7 weeks, our foster program targets social confidence, strong hunt drive and individuality. When ready for formal training, they are returned to the kennel for placement with our volunteer trainers to learn scent discrimination, evidence recovery, and deployment. A Timeline of Training gives structure to the expectations of our specific phases of training.
TRAINING NEW HANDLERS
After completion of the bloodhound's training, it is time to introduce them to their new partners. We commit whatever
time is necessary to work with the new handler, demonstrating the hound's abilities and individual strengths. The new handler practices with his bloodhound partner, until a clear and effective team is built. This training is normally done at the facility, but occasionally takes place in the new placement location. After a trial period, Deputy Dogs assesses the functionality of the team, and clears the team to continue their development at the placement location. It is important that the new handler understand the Expectations of Performance prior to any deployment.