K9 Selection2020-02-06T16:41:54+00:00

K9 Selection & Training

CSK9 is the leader in EDC inventory and K9 training facilities.

CSK9 has over 100 certified explosive detection canines in its current inventory. This ready inventory provides us with canine resources needed to facilitate rapid mobilization under a new contract. Canine selection and assignment from our existing canine pool will begin immediately following a contract award announcement. 

Our canine training methodology is one of positive reinforcement. We use a positive reward (toy) to support the canine’s correct response to an imprinted odor. Our advanced training protocols and capability development of all our canines are proven to produce the desired characteristics that set apart our canines from others in the industry. 

K9 Selection

All canines have been thoroughly evaluated prior to selection and assignment to a new contract. Evaluations for each EDD candidates are based on the physical and behavioral attributes. Our team of expert canine trainers has evaluated each canine on “drive” or “desire to search”, level of aggressiveness, social behavior, environmental behavior, breed, and results from medical screening.

K9 Selection

All canines have been thoroughly evaluated prior to selection and assignment to a new contract. Evaluations for each EDD candidates are based on the physical and behavioral attributes. Our team of expert canine trainers has evaluated each canine on “drive” or “desire to search”, level of aggressiveness, social behavior, environmental behavior, breed, and results from medical screening.

K9 Medical Evaluation

In addition, all dogs will have a physical examination within 10 days of deployment from our training center. Each canine will be evaluated to ensure it will be able to complete its assignment with no medical difficulty. The following actions will be accomplished prior to assignment to a new contract:

  • Initial validation/certifications are made at our training/kennel facilities

  • A certified veterinarian will embed a microchip if not already provided and attach the corresponding Universal Product Code (UPC) sticker to the canine’s medical records

  • All canines will be vaccinated for rabies, canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, adenovirus type 2

  • Examinations and all vaccinations will be recorded in the canine’s medical records; as well as preventative medications that are administered monthly such as heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

  • All canines receive updated vaccinations within 30 days of deployment and are free from external/internal parasites.

  • All dogs are accompanied by health certificates and rabies vaccination certificates, signed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of deployment.

  • Initial validation/certifications are made at our training/kennel facilities

  • A certified veterinarian will embed a microchip if not already provided and attach the corresponding Universal Product Code (UPC) sticker to the canine’s medical records

  • All canines will be vaccinated for rabies, canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, adenovirus type 2

  • Examinations and all vaccinations will be recorded in the canine’s medical records; as well as preventative medications that are administered monthly such as heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

  • All canines receive updated vaccinations within 30 days of deployment and are free from external/internal parasites.

  • All dogs are accompanied by health certificates and rabies vaccination certificates, signed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of deployment.

Auburn Breeding Program

CSK9 has an exclusive partnership with Auburn University Canine Performance Science and Breeding Program through VWK9 LLC. This program’s objective is to utilize science, technology, research, and genetics to advance a dog’s olfactory and performance capability to make them the most advanced detection dogs in the world.

K9 Training

Our canine training includes conditioning and aerobic exercising, where each dog is required to run three miles each day. This will help to build stamina, so our canines can maintain peak performance during work hours and are typically able to perform 45 minutes of search operations each hour, which exceeds the industry norm.

EDC’s assigned to this project will be imprinted and trained at our 320-acre, Anniston, AL-based training facility. Canines will be trained to produce a passive response to the indication of odor in a controlled environment. Once the canine has demonstrated its ability to recognize defined explosive odors, the canine will continue training under operational conditions.  The canine will be trained to detect odors in five respective cargo configurations as defined by the TSA 3PK9-C cargo certification standards. The canines will be trained to work in a simulated warehouse facility designed to mirror the operational environment, be conditioned to common odors, sounds, and movement, and will be proven to detect explosives at a height of 84” and a depth of 48”. Only live explosives will be used during canine and handler training.

K9 Training

Our canine training includes conditioning and aerobic exercising, where each dog is required to run three miles each day. This will help to build stamina, so our canines can maintain peak performance during work hours and are typically able to perform 45 minutes of search operations each hour, which exceeds the industry norm.

EDC’s assigned to this project will be imprinted and trained at our 320-acre, Anniston, AL-based training facility. Canines will be trained to produce a passive response to the indication of odor in a controlled environment. Once the canine has demonstrated its ability to recognize defined explosive odors, the canine will continue training under operational conditions.  The canine will be trained to detect odors in five respective cargo configurations as defined by the TSA 3PK9-C cargo certification standards. The canines will be trained to work in a simulated warehouse facility designed to mirror the operational environment, be conditioned to common odors, sounds, and movement, and will be proven to detect explosives at a height of 84” and a depth of 48”. Only live explosives will be used during canine and handler training.

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