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Trust Custom Canine Unlimited for Top-Quality Services

At Custom Canine Unlimited, we are devoted to providing our clients with the highest level of service possible. We know that one of the keys to achieving this is having a team of trustworthy staff members. That’s why we have implemented a rigorous screening process for employees, including a requirement to maintain a “Clear” background status during their time with us.

What Does This Involve?

We pride ourselves on the extensive, voluntary background check each member of our team undergoes, which includes:

  • A thorough public record search to ensure that there are no animal-related or licensing violations on record.
  • An NCIC (National Crime Information Center) check to return results with no felony charges or disregard of the law.
  • A social media review to evaluate each candidate’s moral character and suitability for our team

You can rest assured that our team is comprised of the very best professionals, committed to delivering the top-quality service that Custom Canine Unlimited is known for.

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    AJ Vargas

    AJ Vargas

    CEO / Trainer / VA Certifying Official

    Nadine Vargas

    Nadine Vargas

    Chief Financial Officer

    Hunter Warwick

    Hunter Warwick

    Operations

    Mia Simpson

    Mia Simpson

    Marketing Manager

    Deborah Clark

    Deborah Clark

    Kennel Master

    Madison Swan

    Madison Swan

    Kennel Technician

    Caleb Williamson

    Caleb Williamson

    Kennel Technician

    Sarah Gibbs

    Sarah Gibbs

    Kennel Technician

    Keely Hill

    Keely Hill

    Apprentice

    Mary McClain

    Mary McClain

    Apprentice

    Adam Crenshaw

    Adam Crenshaw

    Trainer / Subject Matter Expert

    Jeff Bray

    Jeff Bray

    Subject Matter Expert

    Patrick Paquette

    Patrick Paquette

    Subject Matter Expert

    Jesus Vargas

    Jesus Vargas

    Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC)

    Szymon Sochacki

    Szymon Sochacki

    Head Trainer | K9 Handler

    Dustin Varvel

    Dustin Varvel

    K9 Handler

    Josh Hughes

    Josh Hughes

    Service Dog Division Manager

    Jason Lamboy

    Jason Lamboy

    K9 Handler

    Brandon Martin

    Brandon Martin

    Trainer

    Eugene Young

    Eugene Young

    K9 Handler

    Classes, Courses, Programs for all Levels

    Custom Canine Unlimited develops K9 Classes, K9 courses, and working dog programs for the specific needs of our clients. We have amassed a lineup to meet the particular needs of law enforcement, the U.S. Military, U.S. Veterans, and Civilians. We aim to minimize downtime, maximize efficiency, and build reliability with each of our K9 Classes, K9 Courses, and working dog programs.

    Since 2007, Custom Canine Unlimited has used the experience of our trainers, staff, and Subject matter experts to develop courses that meet the specific needs of law enforcement, the U.S. Military, U.S. Veterans, and Civilians. Our teams have worked with dogs in each area while we develop classes, courses, and programs. We never deliver training; we do not have personal experience.

    Working and training in the K9 industry for over 20 years worldwide gives us the knowledge and experience necessary to build the best K9 Classes, K9 courses, and working dog programs worldwide. We use this experience and our extensive research and development to continue evolving. We closely monitor each element of every K9 Class, K9 course, and working dog program throughout its life. This system of oversite means we are constantly making adjustments to ensure we deliver with minimal downtime, maximum efficiency, and ultimate reliability.

    For Law Enforcement

    Advance Series K9 Training
    Advance Series Training

    Custom Canine Unlimited Advanced Series K9 Training is the latest development of K9 Team training courses.

    These courses target developing the most deployment-ready K9 teams possible. Courses delivered within this series of K9 training target trained and certified K9 Team advancement.

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    Drug Dog & Handler Training

    Custom Canine Unlimited trains high drive single-purpose dogs for reliable drug detection. We have prepared some of the world’s most reliable drug dogs and handlers. A readily available selection of reliable, trained drug dogs for sale is always kept at our facility.   We ensure all of our drug dogs are trained to the highest standards using our “Reliability Program,” and our drug dog handler training prepares each handler for the “Real-World.”

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    Explosives Dog & Handler Training

    Custom Canine Unlimited explosives detection dogs are high-drive, single-purpose dogs trained for explosives detection. We train some of the world’s most reliable explosives dogs (EDD) and explosives dog handlers. We maintain a great selection of reliably trained bomb dogs for sale at all times. All of our EDD dogs are trained to the highest standards using our “Reliability Program” and our explosives dog handler training prepare each handler for the “real-world.”

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    Tracking Dog & Handler Training

    Custom Canine Unlimited utilizes the most comprehensive and reliable police k9 tracking training methods in training our tracking dogs. Our dogs are trained to use all aspects of a scent picture to locate the missing person or suspect quickly. We enhance K-9 Handler safety and increase reliability within the training program of each dog.

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    Patrol Dog & Handler Training

    Custom Canine Unlimited utilizes the most comprehensive and reliable training methods in training our patrol dogs, with the heaviest focus on control. Case law is clear that a patrol dog must be under control, and our dogs are trained to incorporate the highest case law and industry standards to ensure “road ready” dogs. We believe pushing a dog in training will minimize failures in deployment and reduce liability for our departments.

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    Police Decoy Course

    This Police Decoy Training Course is designed for law enforcement officers and military personnel that use K9 units for detecting and apprehending in the field. While decoys are an often overlooked position in a K9 training team, it is a position that is not fit for the faint of heart. Contact our experienced trainers at Custom Canine Unlimited today to learn more about our intense and vigorous decoy training!

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    CCU National K9 Certification

    CCU National K9 Certification is a set of minimum K9 standards established to test the reliability of a Police K9 team, Security Working Dog Team, or other K9 Team that must maintain an established standard of control and reliability. This police k9 national certification sets a minimum standard that complements deployment standards rather than contradicts them. Don’t spend weeks preparing for accreditation; instead, certify under proven standards that coexist with your day-to-day function.

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    Criminal Apprehension for Street Officers

    Designed to give law enforcement officers the skills necessary to help identify and apprehend individuals involved in criminal activities by providing officers with the knowledge of what to look for on a traffic stop or other citizen encounters. This course, taught by an expert in the field, will help officers spot criminal activity in both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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    Police K9 Trainer Course

    Police departments across the country need qualified Police K9 trainers. The Police K9 Trainer Course is an intensive six-week program that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to train single purpose and dual purpose police dogs. 

    For veterans

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    Single Purpose K9 Handler Course

    This fully accredited K9 handler course package provides 120 hours (3 weeks) of Training with a dog in the areas of Drug Detection or Tracking.

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    Dual Purpose K9 Handler Course

    This fully accredited K9 handler course package provides 160 hours (4 weeks) of Training with a dog in the areas of Drug Detection and Tracking or Explosives Detection Only.

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    Full Service K9 Handler Course

    This fully accredited K9 handler course package provides 240 hours (6 weeks) of Training with a dog in the areas of Drug Detection, Tracking & Patrol, Explosives Detection and Tracking or Explosives Detection and Patrol.

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    Obedience Trainer Course

    This fully accredited K9 Trainer Course provides 200 hours (5 weeks) of Training for a student.  This course will focus on canine health, care, and welfare, canine nutrition, canine behavior modification, canine training techniques, and canine problem-solving regarding training dogs in obedience.

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    Detection Trainer Course

    This fully accredited K9 Trainer Course provides 200 hours (5 weeks) of Training for a student.  This course will focus on canine health, care, and welfare, canine nutrition, canine behaviors & modification, innate canine drives, training techniques, and canine problem-solving regarding training detection dogs.

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    Full Service K9 Trainer Course

    This fully accredited K9 Trainer Course provides 320 hours (8 weeks) of Training for a student.  This course will focus on canine health, care, and welfare, canine nutrition, canine behaviors & modification, innate canine drives, training techniques, and canine problem-solving as it relates to training dogs in obedience, detection, and protection, aggression, or patrol.

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    Kennel Master Course

    This course and certification are not for the faint of heart as it pushes you to take your canine field career to the next level and opens the doors to several opportunities. This intense training is designed for veterans, law enforcement, and civilians looking to expand their careers in a kennel, boarding facility, or dog training facility.

    For CivilianS

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    Dog Training Evaluation

    Contrary to what you may have been told or what another company may try to sell you, not all dogs can be trained in the areas you wish or within the timeframe you think.  With this in mind we require a “No Obligation” Dog Training Evaluation for each dog an owner may be looking into having trained for a specific purpose. The best results will come with training each dog within their true capabilities.  

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    One-on-one dog training

    Our One-On-One dog training program is developed for you and your dog to work directly with one of our certified trainers. The one-on-one dog training program is ideal for owners who wish to take a dedicated and hands-on approach to their dog’s training. With tremendous flexibility, this program allows you to train as a hobby or for a specific purpose.

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    Board & Train Program

    Our most popular dog training program sold as a weekly Board and Train Obedience Training Program provides the ultimate flexibility in a dog training program built on an Individualized Training Program (ITP) concept. Our knowledgeable and experienced training team develops each fluid training plan aimed at the goals of each dog and client to ensure optimum results. 

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    daily Dog Training

    Daily Training Program provides the ultimate flexibility in a dog training program built on an Individualized Training Program (ITP) concept. You drop your dog off with us in the morning and picks your dog up at the end of the day. Our staff of certified dog trainers train with your dog throughout the day, training towards your ultimate goals.

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    Working Dog Trainer Course

    Contrary to what you may have been told or what another company may try to sell you, not all dogs can be trained in the areas you wish or within the timeframe you think.  With this in mind we require a “No Obligation” Dog Training Evaluation for each dog an owner may be looking into having trained for a specific purpose. The best results will come with training each dog within their true capabilities.  

    superior training. For the Serious

    When it comes to training, we take it serious. Some offer training for the fun of it and deliver results that are subpar. Custom Canine Unlimited understands the reality of our teams working in the real world. Our training is developed to meet the demands of the real world.

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    Training

    The framework for each class, course, and program is built to meet a specific purpose, however we are still able to provide the nessary custom training each dog and person needs. 

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    Military Working Dog Training

     

    U.S. Veteran K9 Training

     

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    Testimonials

    I just want to thank all the trainers for the time and hard work they put into us as I know its not easy training new handlers. I felt like everyone here was here to help and l enjoyed my time at CCU.

    Michael Aguilar

    K9 Handler, Columbus Police Department

    “I would like to thank the entire staff for the gems that were shared with me. One of the hardest and challenging courses I have encountered. Thank for making Tracking interesting. If nothing I will always keep in mind Have Fun and Confidence.”
    Eugene Young

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      Is student lodging available?

      Yes. Student lodging is available.

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      My dog is missing. Can you track it?

      Unfortunately, our tracking dogs only track humans.  We cannot come to help you find your missing dog.  Sorry. We do hope your find your friend.

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      I was checking my POST Training and noticed none of my K9 training or certs are on my records. Is that something I need to send in?

      All certificates contain your hours of training.  Please submit a copy of those to your training officer, and your training officer will present those to POST for you.

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      Is there financing available?
      Yes. Custom Canine Unlimited has partnered with some third-party finance companies that can finance this course. Contact Us now to get the latest financing options we have available.

       

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      Can I get P.O.S.T. credit for this course?
      It depends on the specific state; however, in most cases, this course does quality for P.O.S.T. credit. A P.O.S.T IT instructor teaches this course and does quality for law enforcement credit in Georgia, South Carolina, and Illinois. Just because your state is not listed, in most cases, we can assist you in obtaining Law Enforcement credit for this course.  Please Contact Us to discuss your specific state.

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      Do I have to become a police officer to become a k9 police dog trainer?
      No. You can use the training obtained in the Working Dog Trainer Course to train police dogs. It’s all about chasing your dreams and making things happen. Upon completing this course, you will have the skillsets to do it.

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      Is student lodging included in tuition?
      No. Unfortunately, lodging costs are not included in tuition.

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      I’m a police officer with aspirations to become a K-9 handler soon. I would like to know if there’s any classes available even if I’m not part of the K-9 unit yet?
      Being part of a K9 Unit is not a prerequisite.  If you want to take a handler course, we can provide a dog for you to use while you attend a course, or you can purchase one to keep once your course is complete. That is up to you.  We provide online courses as well as in-person.  Contact Us for specific help.

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      Do you have a facility me?
      Our approved facility for Veteran Benefits is located in Gainesville, GA. You will have to attend in person at this facility to us Veteran Benefits (VA Requirement)

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      Do you offer Online Training?
      We do offer online training. However, if you plan on using Veteran Benefits, you must attend in person (VA Requirement).

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      How long is the veteran program?
      The length of the program will depend on each course you decide to attend.  You can find available courses here

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      Can I take this course online?
      Yes, this course is available to be taken online. However, your course curriculum will change slightly to accommodate this, such as our hands-on portion of training.

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      Is financing available for this course?
      Yes, we offer financing options via a third-party. We also accept Klarna payments, should that be an option for you.

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      Will I be training dogs in this course?
      No, you will not be training any canines throughout this course. This course is specifically designed to educate and inform the student of issues and areas that a Kennel Manager will need to handle throughout their time in a kennel. This includes, but is not limited to, diseases & infections, canine first aid, canine behavior & body language, and more.

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      Will this course include testing?
      Yes, our Kennel Manager course includes both written testing and practical application testing. Students will be responsible for taking written tests and having hands-on sessions evaluated by our Kennel Master.

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      Do I get a dog?
      No, in our Trainer courses, you will not leave your course with a dog. However, you will have one main canine assigned for you to care for and train with during your time as a trainer student. When you graduate, the canine will remain at Custom Canine Unlimited.

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      Can I bring my canine?
      Yes, trainer students are permitted to bring their canines with them. However, the canine must be cleared by our Kennel Master prior to coming onto campus. All training will take place with the canines in the CCU Kennels, not with personal dogs.

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      My puppy doesn't have all of her vaccines, can I still bring her?
      All puppies must have their rabies vaccine before beginning the Puppy Class. Your puppy must be cleared by our Kennel Master before classes begin, by having your veterinarian’s office send proof of vaccines to our Kennel Master. Our Kennel Master will review all vaccines the puppy has and clear them based on that information.

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      Do I have to pay the full cost of the classes at once?
      Yes, the $249 cost of the course is due at the time of sign-up. However, we do accept Klara at checkout in our online store. This course is non-refundable. Each class ticket includes a $49 credit to CCU’s on-site store, including our grooming services.

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      What do I need to bring?
      Your instructor will send an email before your classes begin with a checklist of suggested equipment to bring ahead of your first class. For your first session, you and your puppy will need: a flat collar, a leash, and treats.

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      Will there be sanitary measures taken?
      Yes. All training will take place in our classroom and puppies will not be allowed to be on porous surfaces to keep them safe and healthy. The classroom will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after your group session.

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      Is this a group class?
      Yes, this is a group class. This means you and your puppy will be in your sessions with other puppies and their owners. However, the Instructor will ensure all teams are getting the assistance and education they need.

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      Do I have to book a training evaluation?
      Yes. If you intend to enroll your dog in Working Dog Training, you will need to book a Training Evaluation so our Trainers can properly assess your canine for their working abilities.

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      What do I need to do ahead of the Evaluation?
      Ahead of your evaluation, you will need to have your veterinarian’s office email your canine’s vaccine records to our Kennel Master. Other than that, please make sure that you bring your canine on a flat collar and leash.

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      I am a new client. Can I book a half hour session?
      No. All new clients must book a full session (one hour) for their first session to allow our Trainers ample time to build your dog’s ITP.

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      What is an ITP?
      ITP stands for Individualized Training Plan. This means we take an individual approach to the training of each canine that comes onto our facility ground. We do not apply a “one size fits all” approach to any dog, as we understand they all deal with their own challenges and achieve more success with a unique approach.

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      What should I bring to my training session?
      You should bring your canine on a flat collar with a leash. You may also want to bring high-value rewards, such as a toy they love or their favorite treats.

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      What do I need to do ahead of my first session?
      You will need to make sure that your canine has been cleared by our Kennel Master. Your veterinarian’s office must send over proof of vaccinations ahead of your first session so that our Kennel Master allows them onto the property grounds.

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      When should I drop-off/pick-up my canine?
      Drop-off begins at 8:30AM. Your canine must be picked up by 5:00PM or they will be kept overnight for boarding.

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      Do I need to schedule an Evaluation first?
      Yes, all Board and Train clients must first book a Dog Training Evaluation so that our trainers may assess the dog’s personality, behavior, and make note of any aggression for the safety of our Kennel Technicians.

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      What is the minimum length for a Board and Train?
      Our Board and Train Program starts at one week. All Board and Trains are done on a weekly schedule and include a one-hour private training session when you come to pick up your pup.

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      What do I need to do before drop-off?
      We will need to make sure your canine has been medically cleared by our Kennel Master, which will need to be done even before the Dog Training Evaluation. Without proof from your veterinarian’s office of vaccines, we will be unable to keep your canine in our Kennel for the safety of the other dogs in our Kennel.

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      Who will groom my dog?
      All Kennel Services are completed by our professionally trained Kennel Technicians, under the careful training of our Kennel Master to ensure your dog has a safe grooming experience.

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      My dog has never been to CCU before, what are the requirements for booking?
      All canines must first be cleared by our Kennel Master once your veterinarian’s office sends over proof of your dog’s vaccine records. You will receive an email confirming your booking once our Kennel Master has verified that your dog’s vaccines meet our requirements.

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      Does my dog have to be vaccinated for the Pick-Up/Drop-Off Services?
      Yes, your dog must first be cleared by our Kennel Master by having your veterinarian’s office send proof of vaccines to our Kennel Master.

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      I live an hour away, can you still pick up my dog?
      This service only includes 10 miles roundtrip. If you are outside of this area, please contact us before booking so that we can discuss our options.

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      Who will pick up/drop-off my dog?
      Our trained Kennel Technicians will be responsible for the safe transportation of your dog.

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      What Veterinarian Office will you take my dog to?
      We will take your dog to your regular Veterinarian’s Office.

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      How will I pay the bill for my dog's Veterinarian Office visit?
      You will be required to make payment before our Kennel Technician leaves the Veterinarian Office with your canine. This will be done between you and your veterinarian’s office. CCU is not responsible for any form of payment.

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      My Vet's Office is in Cleveland. Can you still take my dog for me?
      For this service, there is a 10-mile roundtrip limit. If your Veterinarian’s Office is outside of this range, please contact us before booking this service so that we may weigh your options.

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      How long is the Drug & Tracking Dog Handler Course?
      4 weeks or 160 hours.

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      How long is the Drug Dog Handler Course?
      3 Weeks or 120 Hours