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Professional K9 Handler Blog

  1. Introducing the NOMAD I.H.S. Harness

    We are proud to introduce the worlds first Interchangeable Harness System (I.H.S.). The NOMAD IHS will allow near limitless functionality and design combinations by allowing the user to choose a variety of harness frame and body options and combine them together to create a single functioning unit. You can purchase the frame and body combos, with the choice of a GT Cobra Buckle or Metal Cobra Buckle, or purchase just the frame and bodies and create your own combinations.

    The combinations and separate body and frames come in Black, Coyote, Gray and Ranger Green, and in sizes Small and Medium/Large. You can find the NOMAD products here, including a video on why the NOMAD was created and how to swap out the bodies.

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  2. Walkin' Pets and Trevor Donovan Join Forces to Help Retired Police K-9

    Amherst, NH April 19, 2019 - Actor Trevor Donovan is known on screen for his TV role on 90210, off screen he is known as a champion for canine mobility, sharing the mobility struggles of his beloved German Shepherd, Dogbert with his 30 million social media followers. Walkin’ Pets partnered with Trevor to share Dogbert’s journey with Degenerative Myelopathy and to bring continued awareness to the mobility disease that effects so many.

    With Dogbert’s passing, Trevor and Walkin’ Pets wanted to ensure his memory lived on. Choosing to spread mobility awareness by helping a dog in need.

    Trevor Donovan and Dogbert

    Thor, an 8 ½ year old retired Philadelphia Police K-9 was forced into early retirement due to his IVDD diagnosis. His weakened rear legs began dragging, and Thor became completely Immobil

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  3. K9s For Warriors - Because Together We Stand

    This article is reprinted with permission from ConsumersAdvocate.org. You can find the original Consumers Advocate article at this link.

    By Scott Smith, Sept 14, 2018

     

    Soldier, take me from this shelter’s cage.
    Give me back my life. In return, I’ll cover your back.
    I’ll be your canine warrior, your sixth sense.
    I’ll stand guard into the night and chase the demons away,
    the uninvited, cloaked in night sweats and darkness.

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  4. The Hangman’s Noose

    Canine Liability 360: REASONS WE GET IN TROUBLE

    by Bill Lewis II

    A K9 handler’s leash should ideally be wrapped around the handler’s waist and secured when not being used so it can easily ride above the gun belt, not interfere with access to the handgun and other equipment on the gun belt, and be readily accessible when needed.

    If not wrapped around the waist, the leash should be stored in a pant pocket where it can be quickly retrieved by the handler.

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  5. The Importance of K9 Public Relations

    by Shawn Rosner

    Ahead of the 11th Annual K-9 HITS Handler Instruction and Training Seminar in San Francisco, California in August, I wanted to provide some canine public relations information and ideas and some helpful tips for establishing a charitable fundraising organization for you canine programs.

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  6. Should you use real drugs or pseudo drugs to train your dog?

    by Andrew Weiman

    For court purposes, using real drugs is always better. Drugs that have been qualitatively tested to be cocaine for example, and not some other additive will make a better court presentation.

    I participated in a study with Dr. Kenneth Furton in the mid to late 90’s. Dr. Furton was determining if a dog’s indication to currency was usable in court to prove the currency’s direct contact with cocaine. The belief at the time was that all currency was contaminated with cocaine and that any such indication was useless.

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  7. Common E-Collar Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Electronic Collar photoby Jeff Meyer

    When properly used an Electronic collar, or E-Collar, is in my opinion one of the best tools you can use to train and handle a patrol dog. When used incorrectly it can be one of the worst tools in our arsenal. I have trained hundreds of dogs all around the country on the proper use of an E-Collar and see many of the same mistakes. I share these ideas to assist you in looking at your own training to see if you too are guilty of any of these common E-Collar mistakes. To write an article explaining the proper use of the E-Collar would end up as long as a book, so this is in no way a comprehensive ‘how to’ manual.

    Common Mistake #1
    Not having a written policy for using E-Collars

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  8. Ray Allen Manufacturing Videos

    Product Videos

    Visit the Ray Allen Manufacturing Youtube page to find in-depth product descriptions, interviews with industry experts, product comparisons and informational product overviews. To keep up with professional K9 handler news and our latest product releases, subscribe to our Youtube page and you'll receive immediate notifications when a new video uploads.

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  9. Bitework

    by Mike Suttle

    I constantly see police dogs who lack a lot of confidence in the patrol and apprehension phase of their work, as well as dogs that will take very little real pressure from a man while they are engaged in a fight. I believe that most of these issues could have been avoided through proper K-9 selection in the first place because a lot of these dogs are simply not genetically cut out to do this type of work. However even if the young green dog was properly selection tested and proved to have the genetic qualities required to make a strong street dog, often times the trainers lack the skill and ability to bring out the dog’s true genetic potential. There are very few dogs, regardless of genetic makeup who will bring a fight to a man and stay engaged in that fight regardless of the amount of personal, environmental, and physical pressure that man brings to the dog, without first receiving proper training and learning to develop that skill set.

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  10. Do We Really Train?

    by Andrew Weiman

    After talking to many handlers around the country it appears that in some cases training has become a necessary evil, a time filler, or to some a waste of time. To them it has become boring, for various reasons; it’s the same old thing, nothing gets accomplished, or they feel that they just do not need it.  Handlers then start to find reasons not to come to training, or find reasons to leave early and to not participate in exercises. How did training get this way?  You will never find the one and only answer. It is something that just evolves over time and soon takes on a life of its own. I have a suggestion. Let’s not focus on how it became this way but how to change it.

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