Byron Police Department

Byron, Georgia

K-9 Training

When the dogs are selected in Europe, most of the dogs have a basic understanding of tracking, obedience, and handler protection. Once they are imported and arrive here, they continue training until they meet Global’s standards and then are matched to a handler.

What follows is an eight-week training period where the handler bonds with his dog and the teams are trained to effectively work together. Global Training Academy has a mandatory and high standard drug dog certification process. If the drug dog handler and drug dog do not meet the certification standards in the normal course of the drug dog handler training with his drug dog; they are not certified as a team.

In addition to the mandatory drug dog certification, each drug dog handler must also pass three performance evaluations (buildings, vehicles, and luggage) and a written test. Once all the requirements have been met, the team is graduated.

Drug Dogs & Drug Dog Handler Course:

Drug dogs are trained to find marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines (meth).

Drug dog handler training is designed to train a person on how to handle a drug dog; student handler will receive basic skills in the safe and effective handling of a drug detector dog, search techniques for contraband concealed in buildings, vehicles, open areas, luggage and packages will be developed.

Handlers will be able to use wind currents effectively to enhance the dog's detection abilities.

Each handler will be able to maintain accurate training and use records for development of proficiency and corrective training should it ever be required.

Course of instruction

Safety procedures

Obedience for dog handlers

Kennel maintenance and sanitation

Maintaining your drug dog; feeding, health, and maintenance.

Working dog first aid and safety precautions

Principles of conditioning, this covers how dogs learn to perform as a police service dog.

  • Search patterns and techniques for detector dog handlers:

  • Vehicles


Open area search

Aircraft and bus searches

Wind currents


Training and use records for detector dog handlers:

Records, why keep them and how to keep them?

Training records

Utilization records

Training forms and recording data

Proficiency training purpose & design for detector dog handlers

Proficiency Training

The teams train together twice a month and the handlers will often individually train daily to reinforce the skills that have been previously taught. They also attend additional K-9 drug detection recertification and enhancement schools. The teams also have certifications from the National Police Canine Association.


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