2020 Workshop Catalogue
CFTE is excited to announce our 2020 canine workshop catalogue. We will be offering training opportunities for all skill levels and ages, from puppies just staring their training journey to seasoned professionals with many searches already under their belt. In addition to HRD, courses we will be adding two opportunities for Live Find teams.
Each course offering listed below provides information on the ideal candidate for the training, prerequisites, course length, month the course will be offered during 2020, and topics to be covered. Exact dates will be announced soon.
HRD Land Introduction (2.5 days) - March
Target Audience: Handlers just starting a puppy or dog in HRD as either a single purpose dog or adding HRD as a second discipline. No training prerequisites.
Topics: odor imprinting, final response exercises, introducing distractions, canine learning milestones, training plan development, types of sources, storing and maintaining sources
HRD Land Beginner (2 days) - May
Target Audience: Teams that have at least 6 months of HRD training, and dog should have a started trained final response and is at least 8 months old.
Topics: guided exposure to large sources to include full sets of remains, utilizing final response drills to introduce large sources, process of human decomposition, training log documentation, troubleshooting training issues
HRD Land Intermediate (3 days) - June
Target Audience: Teams that have experienced large sources/bodies and are ready to move from exposure to searches. Teams that are approaching certification level or have already certified but have limited experience with large sources. Teams that have been through the HRD Beginner workshop or have 12 months of HRD training and dog has a solid trained final response.
Topics: exposure to full body and large sources, searches in different environments, developing a search strategy, scent theory, search reports, communications with AHJ, proper scene preservation
HRD Advanced Scenarios (2 days) - May and November
Target Audience: Nationally certified teams or teams that have completed the Beginner and Intermediate workshops.
Topics: 6 unique full body scenarios that handlers can search as blind or known exercises. No instruction but participants will be guided through each station by experienced HRD handlers and instructors that will provide them feedback.
HRD Crime Scene/Forensics (2.5 days) - August and December
Target Audience: Certified teams or teams that have a minimum of 12 months HRD land experience and dog should have a solid trained final response.
Topics: Building search, vehicle search, wilderness search for evidence, low threshold odors (blood, decomp, bone), trace, up to large source, documentation for training logs and search reports, communicating findings with AHJ. Participants will have the opportunity to work blind and known searches.
HRD Water Beginner (2.5 days) - July
Target Audience: Teams that are new to water search. Dog should have a solid trained final response on land and 6 months land HRD training.
Topics: introduction to shoreline search, boat safety, introduction working odor from a boat, developing a water training plan, trained final response in the water environment, the importance of understanding body language and behavior, training log documentation for water, source considerations for water
HRD Water Intermediate (3 days) - June and September
Target Audience: Teams should have 6 months experience on water search and dogs should have a trained final response on water.
Topics: search strategy, preparing for certification, increasing nose time, communications with boat operators, basics of hydrology in still and moving water environments, open water and shoreline searches
HRD Water Advanced (3 days) - July
Target Audience: Certified teams or teams approaching certification level with at least 12 months experience in water search, dog must have a solid trained final response.
Topics: extended known and blind searches from shoreline and open water, communicating findings and recommendations to AHJ, managing canine resources on a water search, using GPS in the water environment. Course will present real world and certification scenarios to teams actively working water searches.
Disaster for the Wilderness/Local Responder (2 days) - September
Target Audience: Local responders or wilderness search teams. Dog should have at least 12 months experience in land HRD with a solid trained final response. No full bodies but large sources will be utilized.
Topics: exposure to rubble and burn environments, safety considerations, recognizing limitations, scent movement in disaster and burn environments, communication with AHJ, decontamination procedures, human and canine health concerns
Live Find Exposure to Large Source in a Disaster Environment (1 day) - November
Target Audience: FEMA/SUSAR/Local Disaster Handlers that are certified disaster response teams through a national organization or FSA level.
Topics: Guided exposure to full bodies and large sources, recognizing live find dog’s reaction to remains vs live victim, progression of exercises working past remains into live victims culminating in a blind rubble search with full bodies as distraction on the pile while working an unknown number of live victims.
Live Find Exposure to Large Source in a Wilderness Environment (1 day) - May
Target Audience: Wilderness teams that are certified through a national organization.
Topics: Guided exposure to full bodies and large sources, recognizing their live find dog’s reaction to remains vs live victim, progression of exercises working past remains into live victims culminating in a blind wilderness search with full bodies as distraction.