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K9 Large Hide, HME & Post Blast Course – Sponsored by Irondog K9 Intl.
June 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - June 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
The large hide portion of this course presents explosive detection K-9 teams with scenarios involving quantities of explosives that are realistic and often used in real-world threats but are rarely trained upon. Unusual K-9 behavior involving mass quantities of explosive material is often misunderstood and/or misinterpreted by the handler, due to unfamiliarity. Students will imprint their dog on various types and quantities of explosive materials. Materials will increase in quantity throughout the course and range from 5 to 100 pounds. Students will be safely exposed to live improvised explosive formulations, including TATP, Urea Nitrate, and a Potassium Chlorate mixture. Students will witness first-hand, the sensitivity and destructive power of improvised explosives, how to safely operate while mixtures are present, and methods of desensitization. Teams will have the opportunity to imprint their dogs on all materials created. The post-blast portion is designed to teach a systematic and safe method of investigating an explosion scene in order to verify the absence of additional threats (secondary devices) to allow for rescue/recovery operations, and to collect evidence.