American Patriot K9 Training

Matthew T. Zarrella (401) 226-1631

2018 Class Schedules are announced here and are updated frequently.

 

2018 SAR Class Schedules & Locations:

Seven day (56) Hour K-9 Basic Cadaver Search Class April 15-21, 2018 Glasgow KY, hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC.  

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Location Address:  Glasgow Fire Training Academy, 121 Beaver Trail, Glasgow KY 42141 Phone (270-651-5170)

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.

  • class is open enrollment
  • A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by February 15, 2018
  • 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, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  For more information

please call me at 401-226-1631 or e-mail me at mzarrella@ampkt to register and Alicia Flerra at  270-646-4618 alciaone@aol.com for lodging

and directions information.

Lodging information recommendation: 

Days Inn
105 Days Inn Blvd.
Glasgow, KY 42141
270-261-4465
The hotel rate for the rooms has been specifically priced for our class and has been reduced from $122.00 per night to $101.42 per night plus
tax and the pet fee has been waived.  This rate is only good until February 15, 2018 so register soon.  The hotel has also reserved a block of
rooms or us until April 1, 2018.
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March 24-28, 2018 Five Day (40) Hour Water Search Class hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and Resources in Search & Rescue

Location:  Lake Quassapaug Lake, Middlebury Connecticut

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten

Class is full

Class includes:

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.  

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.

  1. A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by 
  2. Class size is limited to 10 students
  3. Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  4. One canine per handler
  5. Lodging recommendations for students:  Please contact Paula Wickman at 203-417-4799
  6. Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.  

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April 29, 2018 (1) Day K-9 Cadaver Search "Team" Workshop.

Location:  RI State Fire Academy 4 Green Lane, Exeter RI 02822 

Hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training specifically for team members of CCSAR.  

Class will focus on aged burial sources.

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella 

Class full

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May 5-6, 2018 (2) Day K-9 Water Search "Team" Workshop.

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training specifically for CCSAR.  

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

Class is full

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May 14-28, 2018 Basic Canine Cadaver Search Class hosted by the Maine Wardens Service.  This class has been specifically designed and

formatted to meet the needs and time line of the Maine Wardens Service. 

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Class is full

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May 21-25, 2018 Basic Canine Water Search Class hosted by the Maine Wardens Service.  This class has been specifically designed and

formatted to meet the needs and time line of the Maine Wardens Service. 

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Class is full

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June 2-3, 2018 K-9 Live Person Disaster Search Training Seminar hosted by Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue.  This seminar is

an invitational only event through CCSAR.  Please contact Liz Burne at bibisb@hotmail.com with any inquiries to available seating in the class.

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

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June 15-17, 2018 (3) Day Water Search Seminar With Evaluations Hosted by South Western Ohio Search & Rescue.  This seminar will

include fieldwork along shoreline and in water craft on open water prior to evaluations. 

Location:  Five Rivers Metro Park/Possum Creek, 4790 Frytown Road, Dayton Ohio 45417

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten

Lodging: Days Inn South 1944 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton OH 45459, phone 937-435-1550

Class is open enfollment so if interested please contact Tiffany Williams at phone# 937-641-3219 or email williamstm@childrensdayton.org 

for more information on tuition, lodging and registration.

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June 27-30, 2018 4 Day K-9 Cadaver Search Seminar with Evaluations hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and Ocean State-

Search & Rescue.  This seminar will focus on realistic search scenarios to include recent and aged buried sources to help prepare the

alerady experienced teams for their land cadaver evaluations.  This particular seminar is not recommended for beginners.

Location:  RI Fire Academy, 4 Green Lane, Exeter RI 02822

Recommended Lodging Locations:  

Laquinta Inn, 4 Universal Blvd., Coventry RI 02816 phone# 1800-753-3757

Residence Inn by Marriott Providence Coventry West, 725 Centre Of New England Blvd., West Greenwich, RI 02827 401-828-1170

For more infornation on lodging for this seminar, please contact Alicia Sequin at cell phone# 401-222-9318.

Tuition:  $400.00 per team.  

  • A deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by February 28, 2018.

Class Full

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July 13-15, 2018 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:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Contact Liz Burne at cell phone 860-671-1331or email bibisb@hotmail.com for details.

Class is full

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August 4-5, 2018  (2) Day "Team" Water Search Workshop hosted by Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue.  This class will focus on

shoreline and open water search scenarios with an emphasis on reading canine alert body language and teaching the trained indication

as close to the source as possible. 

Location: Stump Pond, Smithfield RI

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Contact Jim Rawley at 401-524-5910 or email maxdiamond@aol.com for details.

Class is full

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August 15-19, 2018 Five Day (40) Hour Water Search Class hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and Niagara Frontier Search & Rescue 

Location: Buffalo, NY 

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten

Class is open enrollment

Class includes:

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.  

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.

  1. A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by 
  2. Class size is limited 
  3. Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  4. One canine per handler
  5. Lodging recommendations for students: 
  6. 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 to register or Linda Sherry 716-597- 8931 for

lodging and directions.

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September 11-15, 2018 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:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & 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
  • 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:  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.

Class is open enrollment

  • A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by July 11, 2018.
  • Class size is limited 
  • Class tuition:  $675.00 per canine team 
  • One canine per handler
  • Lodging recommendations for students: 17 rooms are available reserved for five nights beginning on Monday September 10, 2018 and checking out on Saturday September 15th at the LaQuinta Inn, 1154 Professional Drive Toledo Perrysburg OH 43551, phone#
    1-419-872-0000.  Room rates are $88.40 plus the local tax, (state tax and pet fee waived) per night.  The total cost for a room for the class is $455.25 for the five nights.  Cut off date for registration at this rate is August 20, 2018.  
  • 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 and please

Click on the below link to electronically register for the class.

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

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Four (4) Day K-9 Human Remains Detection Seminar hosted by RI Canine Search & Rescue (Team Training Seminar Only)

Dates:  September 27-30, 2018

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

Instructor:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella 

Contact person:  Mr. James Rawley 401-524-5910 or email at maxdiamond@aol.com

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" 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