Serious Classes for Serious K-9 Handlers


HITS continues to lead the way in K-9 handler training with Instructors from the Netherlands, Great Britain and all parts of the United States. The classes will cover every aspect of k-9 handling. Handlers in all stages of their careers will benefit from the knowledge and experience shared in these classes.

From Puppy to Patrol Dog

Patrol Dog training the Dutch way, from puppy until certified Patrol Dog, Dutch Police/KNPV. Patrol dog class will present the process of selecting and raising a puppy for the KNPV. After certification in the KNPV the testing by the Dutch Police for the use as future patrol police dogs.

Instructors: Hennie Bolster & Ruud Leus

From Puppy till Searching/Narcotic/Explosive Dog

Searching/Detection Dog training the Dutch way, from puppy until certified Searching (tracking)/narcotic/explosive) Dog. Searching/Detection class will present the process of selecting and raising a puppy for narcotics, explosives, or tracking. Class will cover training of puppies through fully-certified K9’s.

Instructor: Hennie Bolster & Ruud Leus

How to Keep the Warrior Mindset

Listen as Marty Dulworth gives you his firsthand account of surviving an active shooter incident that cost him the life of his K-9 and left him an amputee. In an emotional and intense debrief, Marty takes you through the moments where life and death hung in the balance and in an instant life as he knew it, changed forever. Listen as Marty discusses what it’s like to mentally win against the challenges of such a horrific gunfight and beyond. From the physical will to live to the mental train wreck that must be put back on track, Marty helps explain what it takes to be a true warrior in both body and spirit.

Instructor Meet Marty Dulworth

Selecting and Training the Young Police Dog

Acquiring a mature dog whether fully trained, partly trained or green is becoming more and more difficult because demand for this type of dog is World Wide & high which has an impact on rising costs.  For those of us that are limited in our budget we need to look at what other options are available to us to provide quality dogs to meet our needs. In short this means looking at those animals that are currently available for a lower price tag and are less commercially valuable.

This means choosing between 2 categories

a) Mature dogs of lower quality or ability

b) Younger dogs that have not been developed

As purchasing a dog of low quality (either health or ability) is not a viable option this really only leaves us with one choice. Finding, selecting & training the younger dog.

This class explores the option of starting with the younger dog including how to identify the right dog via a tried and tested selection process used by UK and other European police & Border Control units, how to develop the young dog to cope with environmental and socially challenging situations based on an understanding of the dogs mental & physical development and how to develop skills that lead on to the basis for advanced training.

Instructor: Steve Dean

Patrol Liability, “The Reasons we get in Trouble”

Sergeant Bill Lewis II (retired) comes to HITS 2014 as a critical thinker whose forthright and sobering look at some of our most common and reoccurring issues should make us all reevaluate how we operate daily. From the perspective of hindsight, we can clearly see the roadmap to a better, safer and profoundly more effective K-9 industry. By using real world experience and by examining many of the cases that have affected us all, Bill Lewis is able to pattern a better solution to avoid the trouble that faces us daily in the law enforcement K9 realm.

Instructor: Bill Lewis II

Leadership Challenges in the K9 Unit

“Do you think ‘it’s my way or the highway’ is a good way to lead a K9 program? Can everyone be a leader? To be a successful K9 program, leadership isn’t merely restricted to the supervisors and command-level personnel. This presentation will explore a few challenges and leadership opportunities that can be shared within a K9 unit by all its participants – handlers, supervisors and commanders. As a former handler and K9 supervisor, Bill Lewis II will share some of his opinions and recommendations for developing or sustaining a positive program through active leadership development – and he will also solicit attendee input to assist that development to potentially guide willing participants.”

Instructor: Bill Lewis II


K9’s in the Courtroom

Stock your arsenal with the latest weapons of defense. Defense attorney tactics, that is. Learn what it takes to build a “bullet proof” drug dog case. Andy Weiman is an expert witness and K-9 trainer that will lay out everything you need to know to protect your drug dog cases from attack by defense attorneys. K-9 recordkeeping and courtroom testimony are the foundational building blocks. Learn how to effectively maintain and utilize these tools in a courtroom setting. K-9 reliability is multifaceted. Learn how to prove your K-9’s reliability in the courtroom. Knowledge is power, take control by learning how to “bullet proof” your drug dog cases with Andy Weiman.

Instructor: Andy Weiman

2017 Drug Canine Legal Updates

ONLY AT HITS – U.S. Supreme Court Case Rodriguez V. United States heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 2015.

Nationally recognized for prosecuting drug trafficking cases, Ted Daus tells it like it is. What a perfect opportunity for K-9 handlers to learn straight from the prosecutor what he needs to hear from you on the stand when presenting your drug cases to the jury. Ted navigates his way through the latest courtroom decision about police detection dogs and takes us along for the wild and sometimes crazy ride. Ted’s abilities as a communicator will keep you on the edge of your seat as he opens everyone’s eyes to what’s been happening in the courtroom and what the future looks like for drug detection K-9 teams across America.

Instructor: Arthur “Ted” Daus

Tactical Area Search

The complexities of any urban setting seldom provides K-9 Handlers with an advantage when searching for suspects on the run. Even the keen nose and solid discipline of a well-trained patrol dog requires the tactical initiatives of the handler and the cover officers to make each mission a success. Jeff Meyer defines the fundamentals of sound tactics for area searches which produce positive results for apprehensions while minimizing the risks that officers must face with each deployment.

Instructor: Jeff Meyer

Dog on Dog Aggression

Every neighborhood has them. Some that run the fence in the back yard and others which roam as strays through the alleys and streets. They are a part of the environment in which we must routinely deploy. In addition to the pets in our community, we oftentimes find ourselves needing or wanting to work K9 search teams in close proximity or in tandem to accomplish our mission. Learn the techniques that clarify the mission for the dog and redirects his misguided intent toward a successful deployment.

Instructor: Jeff Meyer

Tactical Tracking & Woodland Ops/Critical Incident Debrief

With 25 years of police K-9 experience, Jeff has tracked down every type of violent fugitive imaginable. By far the most dangerous conditions we’re faced with today is deploying a police dog to track in a rural/woodland environment. This class examines the murders of Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and K-9 DiOGi in intricate detail and how their deaths have initiated a national movement toward advanced tactical training for K-9 tracking and woodland operations. Jeff has delivered this training to well over two thousand police officers and counting. We cannot afford to sacrifice our tactical edge when the stakes are this high! These practical training drills and training scenarios are applicable to every member of your agency. The training you provide others about being your cover officer during a tracking deployment may very well be the training that saves your life or makes a positive difference in securing a safe outcome.

Instructor: Jeff Barrett

Selection Testing of Single and Dual Purpose Canines

In this course Bill will review multiple steps that need to be taken in successfully selecting single and dual purpose canines. Bill Heiser has been hand selecting his dogs from Europe and testing dogs for over 25 years. Southern Coast K9 is known in the industry to offer some of the best dogs available. He will share with you the process of selection testing by reviewing the following:

• The drives in the dog; prey, hunt, play, fight, retrieve, rank and survival.
• First Impression of the dog: Appearance, condition, teeth , ears, coat, feet, genitals and over confidence
• Environmental Soundness: Flooring, stairs, darkness, confined area or space, obstacles, noises, vehicles, desks and tables will the dog jump up
• Testing of Ball or Toy drive

Additional testing for dual purpose would include:

• First check civil drive no equipment
• Equipment Fixated
• Bite on sleeve or suit and is it a full mouth bite
• With Suit will he bite legs or arms
• Power Bite? Is Dog committed?
• Bite under stress with whip and yelling
• Multiple Distraction Scenarios & Obstacles
• Dogs focus on bite
• Gunfire reaction
• What type of force and approach does he have.

Instructor: Bill Heiser


In today’s day and age all bomb dog teams need to be one step ahead of the game. We all must think outside the box and train for today’s threat. Today’s bomb dog is not only needed before special events but also during these events. Ask yourself this…can your dog work during a 4th of July Parade. Consider all the distractions that occur during such an event. In Chris Jakubin’s (AMK9) class you will learn how and where to prepare your dog teams. You will learn training techniques to get your dog to hunt and what to hunt without any stimulus. These techniques are solidified in how we practice…how are you practicing?

Instructor: Chris Jakubin

Detection Canine Problem Solving

Problem solving methods for detector teams is this year’s topic for Ken’s lecture. At some point in our career, all detection dog handlers are going to run into a problem we might feel is unique to our dog. Ken Licklider has the solutions, and hearing his methods and techniques for problem solving will put you back on the road to success. Even before a problem develops, the information provided in this lecture by one of the most knowledgeable drug dog trainers in the world can save you countless hours and dollars in the future by giving you the skills to stay effective as a K-9 Handler or Trainer. Let the years of knowledge and experience of Ken Licklider take the guess work out of problem solving for detection dogs.

Instructor: Ken Licklider

K9 Public Relations & Establishing a 501 (C) 3

Course covers best practices on format and content for presentations that provide maximum
exposure for your audience and minimum liability for the agency. It discusses the bridge
established by an agency and the community as a result of these events. It provides options for
off-setting costs to an agency through various means, including partnerships with not for profit
organizations that support the dogs and handlers, specialized fundraising events and/or forming
an agency’s own not for profit organization. It discusses how to create rapport with the public,
local businesses and vendors, and the roles they can play in your fundraising efforts. It provides
various types of fundraising ideas as examples to assist departments in the planning process. It
discusses the pros and cons of starting their own not for profit; this includes how to go about establishing 501(c)3, and how to best work with an established not for profit should they choose not to.
Instructor: Shawn Rosner

Training for the 21st Century

This class covers how animals learn and how we apply that to K9 training. We will also discuss
the fundamentals of K9 training, to include, your monthly in-service training. This class will also
take a look at what law enforcement is facing both around the world and domestically, to see if
we are training for “What has happened” or are we analyzing and adapting to meet the threat
of the ever-changing world we live in.

Instructor: Jerry McClellan

“Normalization of Risk”, In Explosive Detection Dog Handling

“Normalization of risk”, a common human tendency, which is to become desensitized to the risk around us and subconsciously accept high levels of risk as being normal after continuously repeating the behavior without negative consequences. This class will help those handlers who are currently working or considering working an Explosive Detection Dog better understand the specific trainings, practices and utilization that can mean the difference between success and failure in the real world of Explosive Detection and to carefully reevaluate the risks we accept as normal or mundane and build on them.

Instructor: Dave Dorn

Only at HITS

Dutch k-9 trainers Henne Bolster & Ruud Leus will present 2 new classes that take training from step one with a puppy all the way through to a patrol  and search K-9.

Jason Purgason’s new class “Training Support Personel” will be taught exclusively at HITS 2016


HITS Classes cover all aspects of K-9 handling.  Classes are strategically scheduled so you can attend all the classes you want at HITS.   Topics cover Bomb Dogs – Drug Dogs – Patrol Dogs – Supervisor Isuues.

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