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Police dog handlers, whether for general patrol, search and rescue, drug interdiction, or explosives protection.

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Comment by Gerry Adams on March 30, 2009 at 8:30am
Well, hier we are.
Comment by Kathy McKinzie on April 14, 2009 at 7:16am

The U.S. Army has challenged any civilian k9 team to compete.

Are you up for the challenge?

The sign up deadline has been extended.
Comment by Tim Fanning on April 26, 2009 at 8:11am
I am a rookie in the K-9 buisness and hope that I can get insight as I grow in the art.
Comment by Robert Clavin on April 26, 2009 at 10:14am
Hi Tim,

Welcome. I have been K-9 for over 5 years and I can't imagine doing anything else. Take your time, trust your dog, and watch what he is looking at. Good luck!
Comment by daren david luneau on April 26, 2009 at 3:03pm
There is no better law enforcement assignment for sure. Great advice Robert. the more you let the dog do the work the less chance we have to screw him up. lol.
Comment by S. J. Gutierrez on May 8, 2009 at 10:59pm
Hello All,
New to the site, just a bit of information. Retired LEO after 34 years, K9 Handler- patrol, narcotics and recently explosive detection 18 years. Master Trainer with North American Police Work Dog Association. Owner and operator of my canine training company. Just a bit of info.
Comment by Chris McPherson on May 11, 2009 at 1:59pm
Hi everyone,
I'm an exhandler, but i would enjoy being part of your group,

my name is chris mcpherson, i am a platoon sergeant with Hoke County Sheriff's Office. I have 1 handler working part of my shift,
Comment by daren david luneau on May 12, 2009 at 2:33am
Attn. all K9 handlers. On Sept. 23, 2009 the Louisiana Bayou State K9 Association will be hosting a 2009 k9 Legal Update Seminar with guest speaker, retired K9 handler Terry Fleck. The seminar will be held at the Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville La. Registration fees received before August 15, 2009 are $150.00 and fees received after August 15, 2009 will be $175.00. Hotels rooms are available at a cost of regular rooms $86.11 per night or a upgraded room at $118.81 a night. Also there is a spa, golf course, movie theater, huge work out facility and a indoor and outdoor pool. Anyone interested can contact Jeff Laborde at (318) 623-6835 or me, Daren Luneau at (318) 359-5988. Door prizes will also be given away.
Comment by Gerry Adams on May 22, 2009 at 1:55pm
Try here for custom harnesses:

They made mine to order and adjust it, if needed. I'll post a picture of one of mine from there, with add-on reflective strips.
Comment by S. J. Gutierrez on May 22, 2009 at 5:03pm
05/18/2008 was a bad day. For all you handlers it's a terrible, stressful and emotional day when it comes time to put your partner down. My partner Gunny was my road partner for 8 1/2 years my constant companion. I've retired 2 other canines and it was difficult, but this one was really tuff. The time had come for my retired partner. There was something special as well that came out of this. I had been conducting a canine class yesterday when I came home from the training it was time to take my partner to the vet, what a difficult time. My daughter and I loaded Gunny into out suv, my daughter stayed home she said she couldn't see him put down my son just stayed away he couldn't bear it either. My wife drove and Gunny and I was in the back. He laid his head on my lap and I talked with him as I always did. We arrived at the vets my wife went in to let them know we arrived. Gunny and I remained in the suv with the hatch open and just sat. About 20 minutes passed when I saw a line of patrol units arriving in the parking lot. I realized these units were my canine class 6 canine units, they pulled into the lot placed their units in a line across the rear and a few feet from the my suv and activated their lights went to the corner of their units and stood. Gunny lifted his head and just watched, he hardly put his head down, he would just watch them. While this was happening some old fart came up next to my suv and said, "What the hell is that all about?" He looked at me with Gunny still watching the patrol cars, I told him this was my partner a retired police canine with 8 1/2 years of service and he was being put down due to his health, they are here for him. He excused himself and left. While waiting for the vet to come out several of the vet techs came out to say their good-bys Gunny was a well liked K9, in fact several of the techs remembered us since we did hundreds of demos in the community and schools. They all had tears in their eyes. My vet arrived and we started the procedure, once Gunny passed my canine class came to me and said they were taking possession of Gunny, they said they were taking him to a pet mortuary that was owned by a retired trooper. He offers free cremations for law enforcement canines. They took Gunny and carried him placed him in a patrol vehicle and provided a canine unit escort to the mortuary. Most citizens have never seen anything like this but once they heard what it was I received numerous emails and phone called. I will get Gunny's ashes later this week. What a great partner he never left my side and I never left his. For you new handlers you never prepare yourself enough for these situations, I hope you have the support as I have from my guys and gals in the canine field. I will continue to train but it will be hard not to see my partner each day.


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