Police K9 Trainer Course

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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. The course covers various topics, including canine behavior, obedience training, scent identification, and the different aspects of patrol training. In addition, students will have the opportunity to work with numerous breeds, allowing them to learn how to train each type of dog effectively.

Are you looking to become a police K9 trainer? This 6-week course is perfect for those wanting to learn how to train these amazing dogs. These dogs are trained to perform various tasks, including tracking and apprehending suspects, searching for drugs and explosives, and supporting officers during crises.

During the course, students will learn about different training methods, how to assess a dog’s temperament and abilities, and how to design training programs that suit each animal. The course will also cover essential topics such as health and nutrition, behavior management, and working with handlers.

After completing the course, students can work confidently with police dogs and help them reach their full potential as working animals. Students will be able to provide their department with the high-quality training essential for keeping officers and the public safe. So if you’re interested in a career advancement that is both challenging and rewarding, sign up for our police K9 trainer course today!

Why Others Have Chosen This Course

  • To reduce their agency’s liability by having an expert K9 trainer heading their K9 Unit training.
  • To minimize the overall cost of their agency’s K9 training.
  • To advance their career within the K9 division.
  • To obtain the training necessary to lead their department’s K9 training.
  • To obtain training that would set them apart for promotion. 
  • To expand the capabilities of their K9 Unit.

Areas Covered In This Course

  • Canine Nutrition
  • Canine First Aid
  • Sanitation and Care
  • Canine Behavior
  • Police Dog Selection
  • Training Techniques
  • Obedience Training
  • Detection Training
  • Patrol Training
  • K9 Unit Policy & Procedures
  • Problem-Solving
  • K9 Unit Training
  • K9 Training Needs Assessment
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Police K9 Trainer Course FAQ

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    Is there financing available for this course?
    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.

For Law Enforcement

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.

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. 

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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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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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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

Is housing available?

Yes, Housing is available.  Although it is not on site it is within 7 minute drive from the facility. 

What are the class sizes?

Each class is designed differently, however for the most part our student to instructor ratio is 4:1.