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ASCT DIVISION OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

TRAINING PLAN AGENCY ASSISTANCE

 

RETRAINING PLAN

 

OFFICER PROTECTION/CRIMINAL APPREHENSION

 

OBJECTIVE:  This plan is designed to allow a law enforcement agency the capability of problem solving apprehension issues where a K9 is wanted to show more aggression and activity during but apprehensions. 

 

CAUSES:  There are two possible causes of a decrease in aggression of a police K9, after working the road for more than 6 months:

  1. The K9 has suffered an injury that has triggered an uncomfortable sense, during bite situations, whether physical or mental – thus triggering defensiveness.
  2. The K9 handler/agency has not developed a stable training plan during the period that the K9 was on the road and has not increased the K9’s stability with aggression and confidence.  At minimum, a K9 – working the road – should have at least 2 apprehension training sessions per week, preferable during tracking or building search training.

 

DRIVE FUNCTION/NEURONAL ACTION: A technical view of what occurs when a previously trained, apprehension K9 has softened to a point of refusing a bite, or fleeing is as follows: 

           

1.      The Amygdala (portion of limbic system controlling fear and aggression) and the Septum (that portion controlling calmness) counter one another.  The neurons chains that process stimulus through sensory organs and memory will send lateral signals to both the Septum and Amygdala.  The septum will send its’ reaction to the Hypothalamus (that portion which controls the action which is to be sent throughout the body) in attempts to induce a calm state through the body (this would produce a blasé response from the K9).  Meanwhile, the Amygdala would also send a quick, electrical potentiation to the Hypothalamus in attempts to block the Septum and produce an ACTION throughout the body (fight/flight) (Fear/Aggression).

2.      If the Amygdala wins the race, the K9 will react to a threat stimulus by the sensory neurons firing the fear neurons of the Amygdala. Through recurrent lateral projections (a looping back of the electrical signal) the fear neurons would turn on the aggression neurons (or remain in fear if the dog has never been imprinted to bite) and the dog would behave boldly.  Furthermore, the recurrent lateral projection is sent to the Hippocampus and is stored as memory (do this…when this…happens). However, if the K9 has not been trained to minimum standards – the Hippocampus (that area controlling memory) will not have stored the aggressive response and when the K9 is placed in potion to react, at a future date, the K9 will not have proper memory of the action and may not react with aggression but rather only fear.

 

TRAINING PLAN: The plan MUST be followed from start to finish.  If any portion is missed, the plan must be regenerated from the beginning of Day 1. 

 

ACTION FROM DECOY:  If the K9 shows aggression, the decoy will allow the bite or flee.  If the K9 is defensive – the decoy should always flee and then return with another (less threatening) approach.

 

HANDLER ACTION:  The handler MUST be encouraging to a point of exhaustion.

 

LEGEND: 

 

SOT = SESSION OF TRAINING

 

SLEEVE: 

1 = DECOY ALLOWS K9 TO REMOVE THE SLEEVE AND KEEP IT AS A REWARD

2 = DECOY ALLOWS THE K9 TO PULL HIM BACK TO THE HANDLER/OUT OF ROOM, DOWN STAIRS/ETC.

3. = DECOY POSTS HIMSELF SOLIDLY FOR THE K9 TO BE OUTED BY HANDLER.

 

THREAT LEVEL:

                                    1 = DECOY IS PASSIVE – NO THREAT

2 = DECOY IS VERBALLY ASSAULTIVE TO K9 AND HANDLER (REALISTIC).  THINK LOUD, OBNOXIOUS, DEMANDING.

3 = DECOY IS PHYSICALLY THREATENING TO K9 AND HANDLER (REALISTIC).  GIVES APPEARANCE OF DOING SERIOUS HARM IS ENCOUNTERED.

4 = DECOY IS ARMED WITH A STRIKING TYPE OF WEAPON. USED FOR AGGITATION AND DURING THE ENCOUNTER.      

5 = DECOY IS ARMED WITH A FIREARM – fires weapon at any point and multiple times / WARNING! NEVER USE IF K9 IS CLOSER THAN 15 YARDS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAN:  The training sessions should be worked 10 sessions per week.  Any missed sessions should end the plan and the plan restarted at DOT.

The plan must not extend beyond 6 weeks.  If following 6 weeks or training – the K9 needs further improvement – the handler should repeat the plan more carefully.

 

BOARD AGGITATION CAN BE COMPLETED BY HAVING THE DOG SECURED TO THE BUMPER OF THE PATROL K9 UNIT.

 

SOT    LOCATION               HANDLER                SLEEVE        THREAT        REPS

 

1          Board Agitation         back to wall                1                      4                      5

2          Board Agitation     K9 secured alone         1                      4                      5

3          On lead chase           Runs with K9              3                      4                      5

4          Board Agitation         K9 secured alone      1                      4                      5

5          On lead chase           Runs with K9              1                      4                      5

 

6          Outside vehicle          has K9 on line            2                      4                      5

7          Outside vehicle          has K9 on line            1                      5                      5

8          Board Agitation         back to wall                3                      3                      5

9          Outside vehicle          K9 off lead                 3                      4                      5

10        Outside vehicle          has k9 on lead           2                      3                      5

 

11        Vehicle exit/chase     Releases k9              2                      4                      5

12        Vehicle exit/chase     Releases k9              2                      5                      5

13        Vehicle exit/chase     Releases k9              2                      4                      5

14        Vehicle exit/chase     Releases k9              2                      3                      5

15        Outside vehicle          K9 off lead                 3                      3                      5

 

16        Board agitation         K9 secured alone      1                      3                      5

17        Room/behind door    K9/off lead                 2                      4                      5

18        Room/behind door    K9/off lead                 2                      5                      5

19        On stairs                     k9/on lead                  1                      5,4                   5

20        Chase up stairs         off lead                       2                      5,4                   5

 

21        Closet                        off lead                       3                      5                      5

22        Closet                         off lead                       3                      2                      5

23        Closet                         off lead                       1                      1                      5

24        Felony Stop               off lead                       2                      5                      5

25        Felony Stop               off lead                       2                      3                      5

 

26        Vehicle exit/chase     Releases k9              2                      2                      5

27        Vehicle exit/no chase Releases k9 3                      1                      5

28        Vehicle exit/no chase Releases k9 3                      3                      5

29        Board Agitation         k9 secured alone      2                      3                      5

30        Room/behind door    k9 off lead                  2                      1                      5

 

 

 

SOT                REPEAT

 

31 – 40           SESSIONS 11 – 20

 

41 – 50           SESSIONS 6 – 15

 

51 – 60           SESSIONS 21 - 30

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