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2015 CPCA Trials - Medicine Hat Alberta - September 16 -20, 2015
Group Photo following the Public day at the 2015 CPCA trials - Medicine Hat, Alberta
Police canine units test their mettle at trials
By Charles Lefebvre on September 21, 2015.
It may be the primary home of the Medicine Hat Tigers, but this weekend, the Canalta Centre went to the dogs.
The Canadian Police Canine Association wrapped up trials on Sunday, giving the public an opportunity to view the work canine units do during their shifts. Sunday’s trials showcased the dog’s agility through an obstacle course, how the dogs are able to follow their partner’s commands, their ability to sniff out contraband and the always popular takedown demonstrations.
“It tests the dogs on all working areas of police and detection dogs,” said Const. Clarke White with the Medicine Hat Police Service, who helped organize the event in Medicine Hat and participated with his partner Duco.
White, whose partner is nearing the end of his police service, said he felt he and Duco did well at the trials, though official awards were handed out during a banquet Sunday evening.
“There’s a pretty strong field, everyone is pretty close,” he said. “You make a lot of comparisons between all of the other dogs.
White and Duco placed second in the 2010 and 2012 dog trials.
The trials, which started in closed sessions last week, had dogs take part in building searches, evidence searches and explosive searches, with Sunday’s public event showcasing regular patrol work.
“It gives people a chance to see the working dog, and what police dogs are capable of actually doing,” said White. “You often don’t get an opportunity to see police dogs at work.”
White says 2,200 people walked through the Canalta Centre doors throughout the day, and donations going towards Ronald McDonald House, were also strong.
A total of 31 dog teams from 15 different agencies took part in the event, with teams coming from as far east the Ottawa Airport Authority and as far west as Vancouver Island.
2015 CPCA Spring Seminar - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Police Canine Seminar A Success In Moose Jaw (VIDEO)
Hoping to build on the success of their canine unit, the Moose Jaw police hosted the Canadian Police Canine Association spring seminar this week.
Moose Jaw's canine unit was created in 2009 and is comprised of constables Chad Scheske and Jay Sills, with their dogs Loki and Andy. Scheske says in the history of their unit, they've seen the desired result from the dogs in tracking drugs - .and suspects.
"He's (Loki) able to get himself right onto where those drugs are that we may have missed," says Scheske. "(When there are tracks), whether it's a break and enter, serious assault or something, bring the dog in..the dog tracks, and he's able to find that person. As a human we have nothing to gone aside from if we see (the suspect) and can still see him."
A lot of field work was done by the canine units that made the trek to the Friendly City, including the old Wild Animal Park. Scheske says some of this week's training focused on bite enhancement.
"What we want in our (dog's) bite is a deep, full-mouthed bite," explained Scheske. "That's for two reasons. A - it does the least amount of damage to the person that is being bit, and instead of damaging, it will cause a pain to stop the person from doing what they're doing as quickly as possible. Both for the safety of the handler and for the dog itself."
Scheskie says that Constable Sills is retiring from the unit later this year, with constable Taylor Elder training to take his place.
Police dogs from Western Canada clamp down on bite training in Moose Jaw
Published on June 04, 2015 (see article and pictures click here)
It was somewhat fitting that the former Wild Animal Park, which once the home of many majestic animals, was the setting Thursday morning for bite training for some of the most well-trained animals in Western Canada.
Police dogs and their police officer handlers learned some of the finer points of bite training with Calgary Police Service K9 Unit officer Ian Vernon. He was one of six instructors who helped 23 different K9 teams from Saanich and Vancouver B.C. all the way to Brandon, Man. and Saskatchewan. The teams were in for a few days of workshops just south of Moose Jaw at the Valley View Centre and former Wild Animal Park.
The K9 units do important police work, according to Const. Chad Scheske.
“The dog’s noses… allow us to catch, track down and apprehend people that normally we wouldn’t be able to,” said Const. Chad Scheske, who has worked with a dog for six years. “Whether that’s through tracking, a direct scent of the dog, drug detection… We can’t smell it but the dogs sure can. They’re trained that if it’s a person, find that fresh scent until they find that person. In the case of drugs, find that odour until they get close to it.”
Thursday at the Wild Animal Park, the dogs were dealing with bite development and exposure training.
“They’re putting a dog through obstacles and events that they may not normally see,” Scheske said. “If you expect your dog to work in an environment and you haven’t exposed them to it, likely it’s not going to happen.
When the human part of the K9 unit exposes the dogs to scenarios that are different, the dog will feel more comfortable when the time comes to use the training, Scheske said.
“The dogs in their mind are saying ‘I can do this or I’ve done this before, so I can carry on doing what I normally would do’,” said Scheske. “We can’t cover them all, but that’s why we do this stuff. When you put a dog into a brand new environment or a brand new situation, then he has to start thinking as opposed to he’s already trained to do it or work through it.”
The bite work that was done Thursday - with Vernon and/or Const. Aaron Woods in bite suits - helps the dogs focus on getting an area of the arm or the leg when they don’t get a grip initially. Later, they did obstacle work.
Moose Jaw Police Service Const. Taylor Elder was one of the officers training a new dog, Viper, to serve in the near future.
Check out the following video taken of the 2011 Seminar from a helmet cam