American Patriot K9 Training

Matthew T. Zarrella (401) 226-1631

2017 Class Schedules are announced here and are updated frequently.

 

2017 SAR Class Schedules & Locations:  

March 24-26, 2017 (3) Day Water Search "Team" Seminar hosted by Buckeye Search and Rescue, Dayton Ohio.  This seminar will focus on trouble shooting and correcting problems handlers are experiencing with their dogs while searching on open water in a water craft for submerged bodies.  The semianr will address issues like reading your dogs body language and developing a trained indication and being able to tell the difference between the two. 

Instructors:  M/T Matthew T. Zarrella and M/T Scott Carlsten

Class is full

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April 29-30, 2017 (2) Day Canine Cadaver Search "Team" Seminar hosted by Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, Location, Camp Wavus, Jefferson Maine.  This seminar will focus on challenging buried body search scenarios and scent theory.   Meals and instruction will be provided on site.

Instructor: Matthew T. Zarrella

Class is full.

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May 6-7, 2017 (2) Day Canine Water Search "Team" Seminar hosted by Connecticut Canine Search & Recue.  Location, Rainbow Reservoir in Barkhamsted Connecticut.  This class will focus on shoreline and open water search scenarios with an emphasis on accurate canine alert body language and a trained indication as close to the source as possible.

Instructor:  Matthew T. Zarrella

Class is full.

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May 16-20, 2017 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.   

Instructors:  M/T Matthew T. Zarrella & M/T Scott Carlsten

The 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.  The team must be able to successfully conduct a basic search with the dog giving a trained indication when it locates the target material.  The class combines classroom instruction with practical field problems.  It 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

Venues include:

  • 5-story fire tower
  • Boeing 727
  • Mock City 
  • rubble pile
  • water training pond
  • rail cars – exterior only 

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:  Discuss use of the K-9 team for disarticulated remains search 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 for residual 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 instructor 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 April 17, 2017
  • Class size is limited but several seats are still available
  • Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  • One canine per handler
  • Lodging recommendations for students: LaQuinta Inn 1154 Professional Drive, Perrysburg, OH 43551 phone# 419-872-0000.  Please call before April 15th to reserve your room and ask for the block of rooms reserved under the Ohio Federation of K-9 Search teams.  Room charge has been rated for SAR teams including working dogs at $88.40 per night or $442.00 for five nights.  Anyone wishing to stay over on Saturday night may do so at the same rate.  Five rooms have double size beds and the rest have king size.
  • Class location: Owens Center for Disaster Preparedness, Walbridge Ohio. 

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, Saunderstown, RI 02874.  

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 and please click on the below link and electronically register for the class.

https://mzarrella.wufoo.com/forms/mdczojc03qgcif/ (Registration link)

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Seven day (56) Hour K-9 Basic Cadaver Search Class May 28 through June 3, 2017, Erie PA, hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and Adam Gatti of North West PA K9 Search and Rescue.  

Instructor:  Matthew T. Zarrella

Location Address:  11365 Lake Pleasant Road, Union City, PA 16438  

The purpose of this course is to train you and your canine partner in the theories and practical aspects of the search for human remains.  Initial concentration will be on the mechanics of refining scent recognition and commitment.  There are a number of practical field exercises which will allow you to apply the classroom instruction to actual field operations.

This class is very intense and is designed to give cadaver search teams a "jump start" in their training and proficiency and help prepare them for future certification.  Although it is not required, it is helpful for the team if the canine and/or handler have some prior experience in search scent work.  This class is designed to introduce and develop the dogs’ abilities to locate the odor of human remains, parts or fluids that may be either above surface or buried underground.  The class will consist of approximately 8 hours of classroom and 48 hours of field work.  

Cadaver search dogs have become a recognized resource for law enforcement agencies.  The capabilities of the well trained team can effectively conduct a search using a minimum of support resources, thus saving time, money and manpower.  In many cases, dogs are more effective than technical or mechanical equipment such as Ground Penetrating Radar, infrared sensors or heavy excavation machines. 

You will also gain a new appreciation for the talents and capabilities of your canine partner.  Since the major emphasis is on teaching the handler to properly read the dog, the training will enhance your performance in all aspects of search and rescue work. 

Class includes but is not limited to the discussion on the following topics:

  • ·       Class goals and objectives
  • ·       Equipment 
  • ·       Safety
  • ·       Scent theory
  • ·       Canine alert behavior - types 
  • ·       Record keeping for search reports and training logs
  • ·       Handling Training Aids
  • ·       Conducting a Legal Search
  • ·       Working Crime Scenes
  • ·       Testifying in Court
  • ·       Search Strategy
  • ·       Field Training
  • ·       Use of the Soil Probe
  • ·       Reading the Dog 

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 reserve the right to recommend which canine teams are ready to take the test.  This class is not intended to prepare an inexperienced dog for certification or guarantee that any canine team who completes the class will pass a “mission ready” 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 April 28, 2017
  • Class size is limited but several seats are still available
  • Class tuition: $800.00 per canine team
  • One canine per handler

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, Saunderstown, RI 02874.  For more information please call me at the aforementioned number or Adam Gatti at  814-434-5654 or e-mail gatti68@hotmail.com NWPAK9SAR.org 

Lodging information recommendation: Baymont Inn, on Rt 97, Erie PA.

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June 17-18, 2017, (2) Day Canine Cadaver Search "Team" Seminar hosted by Search & Rescue Dogs of PA.  This seminar will focus on challenging buried body search scenarios and scent theory.  

Location: Malvern PA

Contact person: Vicki Wooters

Wooters2@comcast.net

610-296-1173

Class full.  

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July 7-9, 2017, Three (3) Day K-9 Water Search Invitational Seminar hosted by Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue.

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

Location:  Rainbow Reservoir in Barkhamsted Connecticut.

Instructor:  M/T Matthew T. Zarrella

Contact person: Liz Burne 860-671-1331 

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Three (3) Day Re certification SAR Seminar (Trailing, Cadaver, Area Search) hosted by Southwest Ohio Canine Search & Rescue

Date:  September 1-3, 2017

Location:  Waynesville Ohio

Instructor:  M/T Matthew T. Zarrella

Contact person: Tiffany Williams 937-641-3219

Class is full

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Four (4) Day K-9 Human Remains Detection Seminar hosted by RI Canine SAR

Dates:  September 21-24, 2017

Location:  RI State Fire Academy, Exeter RI. 

Instructor:  M/T Matthew T. Zarrella

Contact person:  Mr. James Rawley 401-524-5910

more information to come.

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Four (4) Day Cadaver Search Seminar Hosted by the Ohio Federation

Dates:  November 3-6, 2017,

Bellfontaine OH. 

more information to come.

If you wish to enroll in one of the posted classes or need more information, please call or e-mail me for details.