High Threat K9 Patrol Tactics

Law Enforcement & Military Training Course


88 Tactical’s High Threat K9 Patrol Tactics course will prepare handlers or teams to better respond to the dynamic, high-threat world of K-9 operations by using practical and behaviorally compliant tactics and techniques. This 4-day course is designed for “experienced” K-9 teams who ideally have several years of experience and previous street deployments. This is not a “SWAT K-9” course, but it will train attendees on small unit strategies and procedures. The curriculum is based on both human and K9 behavior during complex real-world situations.

K9 Patrol Tactics Course

The course is physically demanding – handlers will also act as decoys or quarry. Strong consideration will be given to developing handlers into more tactically competent officers and increasing the skill/confidence of their K9 partners.

Topics Covered
  • Tactical obedience & agility
  • Tracking with single and multiple officers
  • Shooting with and around K9’s
  • Leash techniques (handler & 2-man)
  • Search techniques – large scale events
  • Searching buildings & problem solving
  • Environmental distractions
  • Confidence building and weakness mitigation
  • Arrest techniques with and without physical apprehensions
  • Vehicle engagements and extractions
  • Force-on-force & immediate action drills
  • Strategies for neutralizing lethal assaults
  • Offensive & defensive advantages
  • Policies & procedures
  • Current case law
Eligibility Requirements

Current law enforcement or military credentials are required.

Equipment Requirements
  • Patrol K9 Vehicle
  • Uniform and Duty gear
  • Duty Pistol and 250 rounds of ammunition
  • Patrol Rifle / Carbine and 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Clear Eye Protection / Ear Protection 
  • Gloves, Vest, Tactical Vest (if applicable), Helmet (If issued)
  • Blue gun / Simunition Pistol and 100 rounds of ammo
  • Flashlights/weapon mounted light
  • Multiple pairs of boots/work shoes
  • Rain gear/weather-appropriate gear
  • Muzzle and Collars (Charging system for E Collars)
  • Kong or other reward systems
  • 30-foot leash, 6-foot leash (all others)
  • Tracking harness/patrol harness / K9 ballistic vest (if issued)
  • Large cotton balls
  • Bite Sleeve / Bite Suit (Clothing covers)
  • K9 First Aid Kit (ideal)
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Dog Food

Rosemount, MN – Sept. 26-29, 2021
Loxahatchee, FL – Nov. 15-18, 2021


Interested in Hosting this Course?

If your agency is interested in hosting a class, please contact Aaron Guzman at (507) 884-5193 or aguzman@88tactical.com. Ask how your agency could receive a free slot.

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