American Patriot K9 Training

Matthew T. Zarrella (401) 226-1631

2019 Class Schedules are announced here and are updated periodically.

 

2019 SAR Class Schedules & Locations:

Indiana Search and Recovery Three (3) Day Cadaver Search "Team Seminar"

Dates:  March 29-31, 2019 

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training LLC. specifically for team members of Indiana Search and Recovery 

Location:  1420 North County Road, 600 E Avon Indiana

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten 

This workshop is for team members of only and is not open enrollment.

Indiana K9 Search and Recovery, Inc

P.O. Box 42733

Indianapolis, In 46241

Class full

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March 13-17, 2019 Five Day (40) Hour Water Search Class hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and Springfield Township Fire Department, 400 S. Lexington Springmill Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Contacts:  Matthew T. Zarrella 401-226-1631 and Shelbie Flegal 419-764-9178 

Location:  Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Road, Oregon, Ohio 43616 

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten

There is one seat left.

Class includes:

The above curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  Students should be prepared to work in various weather conditions.

How to search different bodies of water on shore and on a water craft with a canine to detect the presence of a deceased human body 

submerged under water.  If you are having problems reading your dog when it comes to water search and need more personal attention, 

this is the class for you. 

Scent theory pertaining to water search, training principles used in shaping dogs for water search, water search training tecniques, use 

of training material.  The K-9 team should have experience in locating human remains on land and have a distinct trained indication before

taking this class.  Classes run from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily.  

It is also recommended that each student come prepared for class with a copy of the Cadaver Dog Handbook. 

Evaluations will be offered on the last day of the class and the instructor(s) reserves the right to recommend which canine team(s) are ready to test. 

Certificates of attendance will be issued to every canine team who completes the (40) hour class. 

  1. Class size is limited to 12 students
  2. Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  3. One canine per handler
  4. Lodging recommendations for students:
  5. A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by February 28, 2019. 

Pet friendly Hotels:

Maumee Bay Lodge and conference center has 2 pet friendly cabins. They are multiple room cabins so they can be shared.  This lodge is located on site so there would not be any travel time to the training site.  Other hotels include;

TownePlace Suites
2851 Navarre Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616———->15 minutes

La Quinta Inn
1154 Professional Dr
Perrysburg OH————>30 minutes

Extended Stay America
542 W Dussle Dr.
Maumee, OH 43537———->35 minutes

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.  

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Chesapeake Search and Rescue Multi Discipline K-9 Search and Rescue Training (Cadaver Water and Disaster Live)

Dates:  April 24-28, 2019

Hosted by:  Chesapeake Search and Rescue

Location: to be determined

Instructor:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten

This workshop is for team memebrs of only and is not open enrollment.

Class is full 

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Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue Two (2) Day K-9 Water Search "Team Workshop" 

Dates:  May 4-5, 2019 

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training LLC specifically for members of Connecicut Canine Search and Rescue.  

Location:  Rainbow Reservoir, 118 Merriman Rd, Windsor Locks Connecticut

This class will focus on shoreline and open water search scenarios conducted in a water craft with an emphasis on reading canine-

alert body language and reinforcing a trained indication as close to the source as possible. 

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

This workshop is for team memebrs of only and is not open enrollment.

Class is full

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Vermont Search and Rescue Three (3) Day K-9 Wilderness and Cadaver Search "Team Seminar".

 Dates:  May 17-19, 2019

Hosted by: American Patriot K-9 Training specifically for members of Vermont Search and Rescue (VSARK-9)

Location: to be determined

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

This workshop is for team memebrs of only and is not open enrollment.

Class is full

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Pennsylvania Wilderness Search and Rescue Three (3) Day Trailing "Team Seminar".

Dates:  June 7-9, 2019 

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training LLC. and Pennsylvania Wilderness Search and Rescue (PAWSAR).  

Location:  to be determined

Instructor:  Matthew T. Zarrella

This workshop is for team members only and is not open enrollment.

Class full

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North West Pennsylvania K9 Search and Rescue Five (5) Day Trailing "Team Seminar"

Dates:  June 23-27, 2019

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training LLC. and North West Pennsylvania K9 Search and Rescue (NWPAK9SAR).  

Location: to be determined

Instructor:  Matthew T. Zarrella

Content:  This seminar will focus on both urban and rural trailing exercises with extended time delays and realistic and challenging scenarios.

This seminar is for team members only and not open enrollment.

Class full

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Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue Three (3) Day K-9 Water Search Invitational Seminar hosted by Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue.

Dates:  July 12-14, 2019 

Location:  Rainbow Reservoir in Barkhamsted Connecticut.

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

This seminar is an invitational only event through CCSAR and focuses on advanced open water search scenarios. 

Class is full

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Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Team Three (3) Day K-9 Cadaver Search Seminar

Dates:  August 16-18, 2019  

Hosted by: American Patriot K-9 Training LLC. and Pamela Harding specifically for members of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue K9 Team.

Location:  5506 Old Machias Rd., Snohomish, WA.  98290

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Dan O'Neil

This seminar is for team members of only and is not open enrollment.

Class is full

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Northwest Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Five (5) Day Live Person and Cadaver Disaster Class

Dates:  August 29 through September 2, 2019

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training LLC. and Northwest Pennsylvania K9 Search and Rescue (NWPAK9SAR).  

Location: to be determined

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella, Scott Carlsten

Content:  This seminar will focus on urban disaster training.  (content to be determined) 

This seminar is for team members only and not open enrollment.

Class full

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Five day (40) Hour Canine Advanced Cadaver Search Class hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and The Ohio Federation of Canine Search Teams.

Dates:  September 9-13, 2019  

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten and Trainer Dan O'neil

This advanced cadaver search course is designed for the K-9 teams that have completed a basic cadaver search course.  The team is

required to meet certain prerequisits before attending this class ie;  the team must be able to successfully conduct a basic search with their

dog giving a trained indication when he/she locates the target material.  The class combines classroom instruction with practical field problems and 

prepares the K-9 team to plan an execute an effective search for human remains and /or blood evidence under a variety of realistic conditions. 

Field work includes:

  • vehicles
  • buildings
  • disarticulated remains   
  • clandestine graves
  • fire scenes
  • buried sources
  • crime scene search scenarios

Venues include:

  • 5-story fire tower
  • Boeing 727
  • Mock City 
  • rubble pile
  • water training pond
  • rail cars – exterior only
  • junk yard
  • pauper cemetery
  • use of a soil probe 

Topics covered include:

K-9 indications:  Passive vs. active

Training techniques:  To insure the K-9 properly indicates on the target odor and ignores distractions.

Search tactics:  Trains the handler to analyze the proposed search and develope a search plan to effectively conduct a search.

Handler ethics:  Discuss ethics involved in the handlers relationship with user agencies.

Technical Resources:  Discussion of resources available to assist in the search for human remains, their use and reliability.

Crime Scene Search Techniques:  Discuss and demonstrate the proper technique used to search a scene for both large and minute evidence.  

Special Search Situations:  Class discussion on the use of the K-9 team to search for disarticulated remains including defining the search area and 

behavior patterns of scavengers.  Discuss and demonstrate the proper techniques used to conduct a scent evidence line up and/or vehicle search

including detecting residual odor on potential evidence.

Court Preperation:  Discuss the proper documentation needed to present K-9 testimony.  Prepare the handler to testify regarding a human

remains search.

The above curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  Students should be prepared to work in various weather conditions.  

Evaluations will be offered on the last day of the class and the instructors reserves the right to recommend which canine teams are ready to test. 

Certificates of attendance will be issued to every canine team who completes the class and it is recommended that each student come prepared

with a copy of the Cadaver Dog Handbook for class.

  • A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by July 8, 2019.
  • Class size is limited 
  • Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  • One canine per handler
  • Lodging recommendations for students:  Rooms are available and reserved under the Ohio Federation of Search Teams for five nights beginning with check in on Sunday September 8, 2019 and checking out on Friday September 13th at the LaQuinta Inn, 1154 Professional Drive Toledo Perrysburg OH 43551, phone#
    1-419-872-0000.  Room rates for king size beds are $80.75 plus the local tax per night, (pet fee waived).  Rates for double beds are $85.50 per night, (pet fee waived).  Last date to get these rates is August 18, 2019.   
  • Class location: Owens Center for Disaster Preparedness, 30150 Tracy Road, Walbridge, Ohio 43465. 

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  

For more information or to register for a spot in the class please contact me at 401-226-1631 or Mr. Mark Chapman at 419-260-8380.

Class Full thank you!

I am compiling a waiting list so if interested please call or e-mail me.

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RI Canine Search and Rescue Four (4) Day K-9 Cadaver Search Seminar

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training and Rhode Island Canine Search & Rescue (RICSAR)

Dates:  September 26-29, 2019

Location:  RI State Fire Academy, 1 Main St., Exeter RI 02822 

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella, Scott Carlsten, and Trainer Dan O'Neil 

This seminar is for (RICSAR) team memebrs of only and is not open enrollment.

Class is full

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Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue Two (2) Day K-9 Live Person Disaster Search Training Seminar

Dates:  October 5-6, 2019 

Hosted by:  Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue and RI Canine Search and Rescue.  

Location:  The Disaster Training Center located at Camp Hartel National Guard Military Base, CT-75 North Windsor Locks Connecticut 06096

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

This seminar is a team training only for CCSAR and RICSAR and not open to enrollment.

Class full 

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Ohio Federation of Search and Rescue's Annual K-9 Training and Evaluation Event

Dates:  October 31 through November 3, 2019  

Hosted by:  Ohio Federation of Teams 

Location:  Boy Scout Camp Friedlander, 581 Ibold Road, Loveland, OH  45140

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten

This annual event is a federation training only and not open enrollment.

Class is full

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Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue (CCSAR) Canine Cadaver and Trailing Workshop

Dates:  November 16-17, 2019 

Location:  Camp Hartell 580 North St, Windsor Locks CT 06096

This is a (CCSAR team workshop only) and is not open enrollment.   

Class full

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If you wish to enroll in one of the posted classes even if the class is "listed as full" as I keep a waiting list, or need more information,

please call or e-mail me for details.

Matthew T. Zarrella

American Patriot K-9 Training

Cell phone:  401-226-1631

Email:  mzarrella@ampkt.com