This workshop helps canine handlers to learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to teach a strong response to diffuse scent in a disaster search and rescue canine. Canines often have a difficult time making the transition from contained to diffuse scent. This workshop will address the reasons for that difficulty and give students the tools necessary to build a great response to diffuse scent in a canine partner. This workshop is 16 hours of hands-on training, delivered over two days.
This workshop is one of the six different hands-on training opportunities that comprises the Canine Technical Assistance Program (CTAP). The Canine Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide canine handlers practical knowledge and to receive feedback on different topics relevant to deploying Live Find (LF) and Human Remains Detection (HRD) canines to disasters. The CTAP workshops are appropriate for canine handlers that are looking to sharpen their skills and improve their capabilities by learning practical solutions to common challenges.
These workshops are appropriate for canine handlers that will work with either Live-Find (LF) or Human Remains Detection (HRD) canine during search and rescue operations as part of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force (TF).
The Canine Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) consists of the following six workshops:
- Building a Live Find Bark Indication - Level 1(Course Code: 9P1381)
- Building a Live Find Bark Indication - Level 2 (Course Code: 9P1382)
- Teaching Canine Directional Control (Course Code: 9P1383)
- Disaster Canine Agility (Course Code: 9P1384)
- Live Find Diffuse Scent Considerations (Course Code: 9P1385)
- Stop the Shopping - Improving Commitment to Scent (Course Code: 9P1386)
The following prerequisite is required to attend this course. Participants must bring their certificate of completion on the first day of class. Participants that do not have the prerequisite will be removed from the class.
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
TopicsTeaching Commitment to Diffuse Scent +Field Station 1: Verbal Enticement with Immediate Reward (Shallow)+Field Station 2: No Enticement with Immediate Reward (Shallow)+Field Station 3: Basic Indication at Diffuse Scent (Shallow)+Field Station 4: Intermediate Indication at Diffuse Scent (Shallow)+Field Station 5: Advanced Indication at Diffuse Scent (Shallow) +Field Station 6: Verbal Enticement with Immediate Reward (Deep)+Field Station 7: No Enticement with Immediate Reward (Deep)+Field Station 8, 9: Basic Indication at Diffuse Scent (Deep)+Field Station 10, 11: Multiple Diffuse Victims (Basic & Advanced)
- FEMA Canine Search Specialists
- SUSAR Canine Search Specialists
- Regional or City US&R Teams
- Fire Department Responders
- Law Enforcement Personnel
TEEX has provided training and technical assistance to National US&R and SUSAR task forces since 1998 and your department can be confident that training provided by TEEX will meet credentialing and validation requirements because TEEX adheres to all of the requirements set forth by the FEMA US&R Program Office.