Apprehension Dog Workshop

Conifer Canine is hosting a weekly training workshop for those with apprehension dogs: police, security, and protection dogs. A lot will be crammed into this hour!  It is intense for both the handler and dog.  It will be more than a dog trotting down the training field chasing a sleeve.  It will be purposeful, goal-driven, bite work training venue to produce a true protection, police, or security dog.

K9 bite work training

Schedule: Monday evenings from 6pm to 7-7:30pm beginning May 2, 2022. Excludes fifth Mondays of the month and no meeting in December. Jan-Feb is for the Advanced and Maintenance classes only, meeting twice a month, weather permitting. Credit (no refund) given to participators for any class that we have to cancel.

Location: The Conifer Canine Training Center at 717 Beaver Hollow Rd, Spencer, IN.

Cost:  $100/month, pre-registered and paid in advance.  No refunds, period, including for missed classes, dismissal, or tardiness.

Details:

Dogs must pass an evaluation conducted by our Staff in order to participate.  Evaluations are conducted in the first class the new member attends. 

Dogs must be current on vaccinations; a minimum of rabies and a distemper booster. Bordetella is strongly recommended.  Handlers must present new proof of vaccinations after each vaccination, a minimum of once per year.

Handler will be responsible for their dog during their visit.  This includes – but is not limited to – sufficient water, keeping the dog cool, keeping the dog under control.

A puppy must be a minimum of 8 weeks of age to participate.  Handlers must be at least 18 years old to participate.

While some of the methods and skills that you will experience can be used in competition work, our focus is for the true working dog:  protection, police, and security. 

Handlers may bring one dog at the registration price.  Two dogs (i.e. two teams) are 1 ½ the registration price.  One spectator is permitted – to observe, not participate.

Handlers, dogs, and/or spectators who utilize unsafe behavior or negativity will be dismissed from the class with no refunds given.

Conifer Canine is a smoke-free, vape-free, drug-free, alcohol-free environment.

All attendees must sign a Waiver of liability.

Decoy/helper work shall be conducted by Conifer Staff.

Classes:

Graduation from one class to another will depend upon the weekly progress of the dog and the handler.  Advancement is at the sole discretion of our trainer/s.

Novice Class

All teams must begin in the Novice class and earn their advancements.  Experienced dogs can work their way up to the Advanced class in a minimum of 2 weeks.  Handlers will also need this 2-week minimum to enhance their part of the team’s work, safety skills, etc.

Very basic obedience is taught from a working dog perspective.

It will incorporate basic drive development, confidence building, tug work, and puppy sleeve work.  Handler safety skills are taught and must be put into practice. 

Advancement prerequisites: when puppy is consistently and solidly biting the puppy sleeve as well as exhibiting the confidence and skills necessary to proceed.  Usually, a minimum of 6 months of age.  Handler must also exhibit a level of confidence and the skills necessary to proceed.

Intermediate Class

For dogs that have successfully completed the Novice class, exhibit progressive qualities, and are ready or almost ready for the intermediate sleeve.  This typically starts at a minimum of 6 months of age.

Basic obedience training from a working dog perspective is taught.

Drive development, defense development, and continued confidence building.  Very basic agility work, navigating minor obstacles (very little jumping) to engage a decoy.

Advancement Prerequisites:  when the young dog is consistently and solidly biting the intermediate sleeve as well as exhibiting the confidence and skills necessary to proceed.  Defense skills need to be at an operational level.  Usually, a minimum of 10 months of age.  Handler must also exhibit a level of confidence and the skills necessary to proceed.

Advanced Class

For dogs that have successfully completed the Intermediate Class and show solid signs of being able to finish the task.  This typically starts at a minimum of 10-12 months of age, but can be older for some individuals and some bloodlines.  Dogs stay in this class until their training is complete.

Advanced obedience training from a working dog perspective is taught.

Dogs over 12 months of age can get involved in structural agility.

Finished work may include many of the Skills training:  out, bark/hold, call-off, carjacking, guard, kidnapping, suit work, high bites, hidden sleeves.

Maintenance Class

For finished protection, police, and security dogs.  Price reduced to $50/month and the team visits up to 2 times/month.  This is encouraged to maintain a high level of readiness and proficiency.