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DETECTION DOG HANDLER COURSE: BASICS AND SPECIALIZATION

Detection Dog Handler Course – Basics starts on August 27th 2021!

Send your application 15th July 2021 latest by following the instructions below.

General about the courses

Detection Dog Handler – Basics and Specialization courses provide comprehensive know-how on practical work and the theory behind the training methods. Scent work requires expertise in terms of dog handling as well as odor storage and handling and possible license ability. A skilled handler can motivate their dog and carry out efficient handling without sacrificing accuracy, reliability or ethicality. They are able to deal with the necessary training tools and equipment as well as write clear reports on the results of their work to the client. They understand the framework and obligations brought by legislation and takes into account the environmental requirements for working. These things among many others will be included in these courses. The course language is English.

Structure of education

The Detection Dog Handling course is divided into two sections; the basic part and the specialization part. During the Basics course, we use a training aid to build up a strong motivation for the dog while taking care of the accuracy and tactics in versatile scent work. The Specialization course focuses on the training of the target odor chosen by the handler and the associated potential varieties, terrain work, reporting, license, and legislation. To apply for the Specialization course, you need to have the Basics course completed. Note, if you have previously completed, for example, Trust the Nose’s Scent Detection Course or equivalent, you can inquire about the opportunity to participate directly in the Specialization course.

Basics Course

The Basics course includes, for example, managing training techniques, construction of motivation, scent theory, basics of search skills, and data collection. During the Basic course, the dog is taught a strong indication behavior for training aid, search techniques, maneuverability, and independent work. The dog handler learns to use different scent work applications, the capability to maintain their dogs’ skills and solve the most common problem situations independently.

After completing the basic part, the dog team is able to work accurately and reliably in versatile search environments and to utilize the training aid for versatile training. The dog handler will have sufficient competence to maintain and evaluate the dogs’ ability to work, as well as a basic understanding of handling, storage, and the use of odor samples in the search exercises.

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Specialization Course

As a detection dog handler, you can specialize, for example, in Bed Bug Detection, Mold Detection, Invasive Species Detection or Conservation Detection. As a Conservation Dog  Instructor or Invasive Species Detection Dog handler, you can choose an odor of an animal, insect, plant (or plant disease), or moss odor. In a specialization phase, you will become familiar with the odor of your choice and the species-specific training techniques. We will help you if needed in the acquisition and permit applications of the odor, and you will receive more information about this when you enroll for the course. We will go through the topics required by the odor in detail and familiarize you with related skills in search and surveys. The handler must also understand the legislation, having adequate knowledge of species and skills to observe significant aspects in their environment when searching for it. You will get used to using the equipment needed, also manage information and abilities related to safety, environmental navigation, and the risk of infestation. The Specialization course will provide the skills for learning these skills and working with your dog in fieldwork.

Final exam

Both courses end with the final exam. The final exam must be carried out with 100% accuracy with the given instructions.

BASICS COURSE

Detection Dog Handler Basics Course consists of 7 months of intensive studying and practical training.

The course includes:

  • 7 meetings in Finland, 126 hours in total
  • Weekly commenting on your training in an online learning environment
  • 3 online theory sessions
  • The support and know-how of multiple experts 
  • The follow up on your skills throughout the course
  • Final examination and diploma

All the training and dog handling on this course is reward-based, and we follow the Finnish law of Animal Welfare.

For any further information, please contact info@ik9i.com

Participation requirements

To be able to follow the course schedule, you will need at least 5 hours of effective practical training time with your dog weekly, performing your homework on time, and participation in the course meetings and online training. For online training, you need a camera or a phone to video your exercises and post the videos to our online learning environment.

The dog participating in the course must be easy to motivate and able to work in the same space with other dogs. The dog should be physically in good health, and it must not be aggressive or unpredictable towards people.

Understanding the basic learning theory, rewarding-based training methods, and previous detection work experience are considered advantageous.

The primary course language is English. For Finnish attendees, translation help is offered if needed. (If you are unsure about your language skills, please ask for more details.)

Price: 3950€, including. VAT 24%, (travel, meals, and accommodation is not included)

Applying for the course

You can apply for the basics course by filling out the application form and by attaching two training videos in which you work with the dog that you are planning to participate the course with.

Record two videos:

  1. A video where you show different ways to interact and reward your dog. The task needs to be carried out in an unfamiliar environment to the dog and has distractions, like people, animals, moving vehicles, unstable surfaces, etc. The video can be up to 2 minutes long.

2.  An unedited video where you show how your dog is searching. The video must include the start, search, finding, and rewarding and show both the dog and the handler. You may use a taught scent (kong/nosework scent/other) or let your dog search for food or a toy. The video can be up to 5 minutes long.

Upload the videos on YouTube, Google Drive, or a similar platform that lets you share videos with links. Make sure that the sharing preferences allow viewing via the link.

Fill out an application to tell briefly about yourself and your experience with dogs and scent work. 

The link to the application

The applications need to be sent on July 15 th 2021 latest. All the applicants will be contacted by July 31st.

Please note that the course weekends will be implemented in accordance with the COVID situation. If necessary, the meetings will be implemented online.

  • 27.-29.8.2021  
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 8.9.2021
    • Online meeting 1
  • 1.-3.10.2021
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 5.-7.11.2021
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 10.-12.12.2021
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 12.1.2022  
    • Online meeting 2
  • 21.-23.1.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 11.-13.2.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 23.2.2022
    • Online meeting 3
  • 11.-13.3.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 26.-27.3.2022
    • FINAL EXAM

Location: Salo/Perniö, Finland

SPECIALIZATION COURSE

Detection Dog Handler Course – Specialization starts on April 25th 2022!

You can apply for the course from January 10th 2022 on.

Detection Dog Handler Specialization Course consists of 8 months of intensive studying and practical training.

The course includes:

  • 7 meetings in Finland, 126 hours in total
  • Weekly commenting on your training in an online learning environment
  • 3 online theory sessions
  • The support and know-how of multiple experts 
  • The follow up on your skills throughout the course
  • Final examination and diploma

All the training and dog handling on this course is reward-based, and we follow the Finnish law of Animal Welfare.

For any further information, please contact info@ik9i.com

Participation requirements

You can apply for the Specialization course after completing the Basics course or equivalent in 2020-2022. Otherwise, the dog team should perform a suitability test. The suitability test for a specialization section is held on March 26th 2022.

Price: 4300 €, including VAT 24% (travel, meals and accommodation is not included)

Applying for the course

You can apply for this course after completing the Basics course or equivalent in 2020-2022. The application form opens on January 10th 2022.

  • 25-27.4.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 23-25.5.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 13-15.6.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 29.6.2022
    • Online meeting
  • 15-17.8.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 7.9.2022
    • Online meeting
  • 26-28.9.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland
  • 12.10.2022
    • Online meeting
  • 31.10-2.11.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland 
  • 28-30.11.2022
    • Course meeting in Finland 
  • 10-11.12.2022
    • FINAL EXAM

Location: Salo/Perniö, Finland