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K9 Training with BLM Law Enforcement

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Published on Mar 18, 2014

BLM Law Enforcement K9 Handlers must undergo a minimum of four hours of training each week with their dogs to maintain their credentials. Typically that training includes: narcotic searches, obedience and patrol training (including handler protection, building and area searches and bite work). All BLM K9s are purchased pre-titled or titled, meaning that they are already proficient and trained in patrol work and obedience. Typically the vendor, prior to the class, will train the K9s in narcotics detection. Chase (a dog featured in this film) was purchased pre-titled in patrol and obedience, however, his handler and the Bureau Canine Officer in Idaho Falls completed his narcotics detection. Chase and his handler are Dillon Field Office's new K-9 Team! This video depicts some of the training that was conducted. No humans or animals were injured during the shooting of this training exercise. As of 2014, the BLM has 11 certified teams with two additional officers starting training this year.

Illustration courtesy of: Ryan Hoffer

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