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Cadaver Detection

Become a cadaver dog trainer and learn what it takes for a successful cadaver dog to aid in police investigations. Each student will learn handling techniques, scent theory, search methods, obedience, proofing, alerting and how to conduct searches across any land terrain and water. All knowledge and skills necessary for a dog to complete a search will be covered, as well as first aid, distance directions, and other skills. By exploring real-life situations, students will learn how to work with the cadaver dog and use the canine’s keen senses to resolve investigations.

This effective six-week course (240 hours) is $4900

About our Cadaver Detection Training Course

With their keen sense of smell, tracking and locating abilities, dogs are uniquely suited to helping police in crime scene investigations, missing person cases and forensics. Dog Trainer College’s cadaver dog trainer course shows students how to train dogs in locating human remains in all types of situations and during investigations of all types.


Watch the online videos to learn more about our dog training courses. Apply online and sign up today to become a cadaver dog trainer.

This course is available only in the Spring and Summer semesters.  It is included in the Master Trainer course.  The Cadaver Detection class begins on April 13 and August 17, 2020 at our facility near Spencer, IN.  Both financial aid and/or lodging is available, if needed.  You are welcome to bring your own dog/s with you in the course.  With our competitive financing options, you can be a part of this amazing course for only $110/month*.  The Cadaver Detection course is eligible to be covered by GI Bill education benefits for US veterans.

*Rates and terms will vary according to individual credit score, co-signer (if any), and amount of down payment.

Cadaver Dog Training

What Will This Course Enable Me To Do?

  • Select solid candidates for HRD dog prospects
  • Enhance the dog’s drives
  • Conduct practical agility
  • Be able to train dogs in both basic and advanced obedience
  • Recognizing and teaching the canine’s alert
  • Understand the use of various training aids
  • Utilize training aids effectively, properly, safely, and without contamination
  • Grasp the canine olfactory system
  • Comprehend how environment will affect the search
  • Learn about Osphresiology and how it affects the search
  • Grasp basic human decomposition
  • Comprehend case law that affects canine searches
  • Utilize various detection training methods
  • Understand how to dependably proof a dog
  • Recognize health issues of the canine and be able to administer emergency first aid
  • Develop a thorough search pattern
  • Diagnose training problems and formulate a plan to overcome them
  • Be able to conduct both land and water searches

Cadaver Detection Course Outline

  • Selecting prospects for HRD dogs
  • Drive Development
  • Training Equipment
    • Training Aids
    • Scent Articles
    • Proper Handling of Training Aids
  • Teaching Practical Agility
    • Confidence Development
  • Scent Theory
    • Scent Cones and Pools
    • Varied Terrain & Conditions
  • Basic and Advanced Obedience
    • On and Off Leash
    • Directions at a Distance
  • Training Human Remains Detection
    • Basic Human Decomposition
    • Imprinting
    • Search Methods
    • Teaching the Alert
    • Proofing
    • Problem Solving
    • Land Cadaver Dogs
    • Water Cadaver Dogs
  • HRD Operations
    • Canine First Aid
    • Cadaver Case Law
    • Maintaining Cadaver Dogs
  • Final Exam and Certification

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