K9 Services / Patrol / Training

Narcotics Detection

Our canines are trained to alert their handler when they detect the odor of specific drugs by an immediate change of behavior that the handler is trained to recognize. The handler will allow the canine to work to a point as close as training allows. Finally, the canine will give the final stage of alert by sitting and staring in the direction of the source.

The target drug odors our canines are trained to detect are:
  • Cocaine (all varieties)         
  • Heroin         
  • Marijuana         
  • Methamphetamine         
  • Ecstasy     
  • Speed
Our canines are also trained and certified in the following prescription drugs:
  • Vicodin
  • Adderall
  • Xanax
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Percocet

Explosives / Weapons Detection

Our canines are trained to alert their handler to the presence of more than a dozen particular odors associated with bombs. The handlers are trained to be constantly observant of the canine's behavior and the handler will know immediately when the canine encounters one of the odors it is trained to alert on. The dog will show a change that is consistent with the change in behavior he has shown in the initial and maintenance training of odor detection.

The handler will allow the canine to investigate the odor until the canine is satisfied that he is as close to the source of the odor as he is trained to go. The canine will give his final alert to his handler, which is to sit down facing the direction of the source of the odor. At this point, the canine's work is finished. The handler will react in a predetermined manner according to the standard operating procedures set forth with the facility prior to the canine search's beginning.
 

Human Concealment Detection

It is not always necessary for a perpetrator to bring explosives into a facility to do damage. The material for destruction may already be present inside a secured area. Therefore, it may be necessary to search everything going into a secured area for humans who might be hiding. Canines trained to search for concealed humans will ignore both drugs and explosive odors. These non-aggressive dogs will detect the human scent, follow it to a point as close to source as they are trained to do, and indicate detection by sitting, barking and staring toward the source. The handlers of human concealment detection canines are specially trained to organize searches for concealed humans.

Alcohol and Tobacco Detection

Our canines are trained to alert their handler when they detect the odor of alcohol and tobacco by an immediate change of behavior that the handler is trained to recognize. The handler will allow the canine to work to a point as close as training allows. Finally, the canine will give the final stage of alert by sitting and staring in the direction of the source.

Tracking

Tracking dogs follow a person's path from a starting point to where the person is. These dogs are able to seek people because they are trained to discriminate human scents. In other words, they don't seek for any human scent, but for one particular scent. There are two main types of tracking tasks: wilderness search and urban search.  Since these dogs discriminate odors, they need two things to begin tracking: (1) A starting point, also known as the Point Last Seen (PLS). (2) An uncontaminated odor sample. PLS could be the last place where the person was actually seen or a place where that person was known to be. For instance, tracking can start where the car of a person is/was, whether the person was seen there or not.

Patrol

All of our patrol canine handlers have at least 5 years experience in handling patrol canines. The handlers' experience comes from the U.S. military or law enforcement organizations. Only seasoned, specially trained canines and handlers with many years of experience are used on patrol. A canine patrol team functions as a deterrent, as well as an effective detection tool. Our detection dogs do not double as patrol dogs unless specifically requested by our individual client. Our security design team will mold a patrol service to fit the needs of each individual client.

Dog Training

Metro K9 offers a variety of K9 training classes, various dog training classes and dog sales.

 
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