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Welcome to Blackhawk K9 Operations

Our K9 Operations provides detection deployment and training for a wide variety of detector dog needs for both Law Enforcement and Civil Security. Full service training is available for Law Enforcement agency working dogs in Narcotics, Explosives Detection, Search and Rescue, Tracking, Apprehension, controlled aggression and attack capabilities, with the most cost-effective K9 operations.

Police K9 Training

160 Hour Basic Handler Training Course

This is a four week comprehensive course providing handlers both class room and real world experience in how to read and work their assigned K9 in narcotics, explosives, search and rescue, tracking, apprehension training, and controlled aggression attack. Handlers must have a K9 certified for narcotics/ explosives detection to participate in this course, as this is not a green dog training course

This course covers much more than just handling skills. The teams will be given classroom instruction and testing in the following areas: Safety and Health maintenance (home/work environments), Drive and Its Importance in Training, Principles of Detection Training, K9 behavior, Basic K9 anatomy, Basic K9 First-Aid, Science of Training and Learning, Scent Theory, K9 Maintenance Training Skills, practical home to work issues, and training record keeping.

This course will give the handler the basic skills needed for certification with their assigned K9 with an approved certification authority.

120 Hour Basic Handler Courses

K9 Operations' goal is to provide K9 Team training, which will provide handlers the working experience needed to maintain a sound investment for security and law enforcement units. The only way to have an investment, such as a working dog, pay off, is for handlers to learn the proper techniques to maintain the credibility of the dog.

This course covers much more than just handling skills. The teams will be given class room instruction and testing in the following areas: Safety and health maintenance (home/work), principles of detection training, K9 behavior, Basic K9 anatomy, Basic K9 First-Aid, Science of training and learning, Scent Theory, K9 maintenance training skills, practical home to work issues, training record keeping.

Manager Training

Guidance from educated management is essential for the success of a K9 detection program. The team's success relies on the training manager’s ability to identify break-downs in the detection team’s performance by reviewing training logs and intervening with recommended corrections to re-establish a clear scent picture. The team becomes ineffective when the dog continuously makes mistakes and all training deficiencies must be noted with a positive course of action to correct. These visible signs can be logged and monitored so that problems can be identified and corrected early. If a manager is unaware of the problem, they cannot properly assist the K9 Team and the program's effectiveness declines.

Maintenance Training

To ensure the best working dog for your agency, the teams need to conduct both daily and weekly maintenance training. While the handlers will be given the basic skills to work their assigned dog, this doesn’t mean they won’t develop working obstacles after completing the program. It would be optimal for your working dog teams to conduct maintenance training in a working environment a minimum of eight hours per month. K9 Operations offers both weekly and bi-weekly maintenance training.

The term “training” refers to learning and competencies as a result of the teaching of practical skills and knowledge that relate to your specific trade. Training forms the core of apprenticeships and provides the backbone of forming a reliable and competent working dog team. In addition to the basic training required for a K9 Team, the need to continue training beyond initial qualifications is a must. The need to maintain, upgrade and update skills throughout the K9 team's working life.

Our guiding principle - "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." - Vince Lombardi 


We keep with the highest of standards for K9 related certifications with the appropriate Government Accreditation, as there exist some certification bodies to choose from. Some have long histories, some have been started to improve canine certification standards and others for political or social reasons. Choosing a certification authority for your handlers to become certified through is very important. A certification is simply a qualification earned by a K9 or K9 Team to assure qualifications to perform in a specific area (narcotics, explosive, search and rescue, tracking, apprehension, controlled aggression and attack. Etc.)


The main problem with working dog programs are the same today as when the first working dogs were used in detection and tracking in the early 1900’s. 

The items below quoted by Samuel Chapman..

"Operating a well-run detection team requires a lot of persistence and money. There are many expenses and obstacles that need to be overcome, such as: purchasing, training and maintaining dogs, never-ending training requirements, lack of funding, handlers leaving, working dog team is not cost effective, handlers are unproductive with their dog, K9 unsuited for working, consequences of dog bites, and managements’ lack of knowledge on proper utilization of the working dog team".

By this challenge, we aim to provide the most cost-effective solutions for K9 detection deployment and training.  

Our K9 Discipline Standards