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Old 12 January 2019, 18:19
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American K-9 Interdiction, 3 month course covered by VA

I'm currently enrolled in American K-9 Interdictions Patrol/Detection Dog Trainer Program. It's an extensive program that this covered through the Post 9/11 Bill. It's a 3 month course that takes place in lower VA, with housing. The instructors are superb and the curriculum is stout. If you are unsure on how to utilize your benefits and ever been interested in being a certified dog handler and instructor, this is it!! You train with a dog that you're issued....and you leave with it. Yeah, you get a badass dog and credentials upon completion. Check it out!!
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Old 13 January 2019, 14:31
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I can attest to AK9I. I was sent there by the Marine Corps to become a detection dog handler and overall it was a great school. When I went it was cold as hell but still fun. We were put up in a hotel during the course so I cant say how the living conditions are. You learn pretty much everything you need to know about utilizing the K9 and basic medical.
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Old 13 January 2019, 23:18
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The housing is dorm like and yes, it's cold AF here! During this course, not only do you learn how to utilize K9's, but also proper training techniques. Correct training styles in order to get K9's certified as working dogs.

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Old 13 January 2019, 23:19
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What breed of dog did you get?
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Old 14 January 2019, 20:41
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I got a male Mal, and also brought my Service Dog (GSD). They work with students, ensuring they receive a dog to their needs. They offer mainly Mals and GSD's, however there was an English Pointer and a Chocolate Lab offered/received in my class.
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What certification(s) do they offer? Not the discipline but what entity or entities. Reading through the student handbook it mentions trained to NAPWDA standards. Are you NAPWDA certified when you're done? They have NAPWDA trainers on staff?

Are they telling you guys you will be able to get work with the dog they provide?

What's the background of the guys running the show? I watched their videos on the website but nothing is mentioned as to their body of work or experience to get them to the place they're at now.

When you're done you'll be a handler or a trainer or ?

I'm just curious because the website seems to be long on promotion of the school / program, short on factual background.
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When I went through their course back in 2009 I received a certification for EDD Handler. It is nationally recognized. I had a male black lab but because I was still active duty the K9 was not mine to keep. I took him on the push through Marjah and he was a great dog.

All of the trainers we had were nationally certified detection trainers with at least 10+ years experience in training police and military working dogs.

I believe they have certifications for both trainers and handlers.
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When I went through their course back in 2009 .

That was then, this is now. I am asking for current pertinent information.
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