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Management of the K-9 Unit   

During this course, we will provide you with valuable information regarding police service K-9 unit expectations and capabilities. You will learn how to structure a K-9 unit and how to select and train K-9 teams. Unique leadership strategies involving team building exercises will be an integral part of the class.

We will examine the care and maintenance as well as retirement and replacement decisions for the police service K-9. We will also discuss the specialized budgetary and records management responsibilities of the K-9 unit. Finally, we will provide you with legal updates and policy development as they relate to this unit.

Topics Include

  • Evolution of the police service K-9
  • Police service dog capabilities
  • Leadership strategies
  • Structuring a K-9 unit
  • Selection and expectations of K-9 teams
  • Training for a police service K-9
  • Team building development
  • Care and maintenance for a police service K-9
  • Records management
  • Retirement and replacement decisions for a police service K-9
  • K-9 legal updates and policy development


Experienced and newly appointed K-9 unit supervisors

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

32 hours

What to Bring

We strongly recommend bringing a laptop for group activities.


K-9s are not permitted to attend this course.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Starting from scratch, this course has been so useful and helped me immensely. Excellent instructors - probably the most helpful/supportive/outgoing I’ve had at a LE training. Humor, stories and knowledge from such experienced, professional instructors makes it easy to stay focused.” – Special Ops Sgt. J.B.
  • “Great course – many of the questions I had upon arrival were covered in course material, and I’m leaving with many takeaways to try out and make my program better. Well worth the time and money to attend. I’m better prepared to manage the canine program at my department.” – M.S.
  • “I learned a great deal in this class. It was all new to me and very valuable. Both instructors were personable/knowledgeable and kept us all engaged in the material. The information they provided was extremely relevant. Their LEO and K-9 experience was evident. This was a great class!” – Sgt. B.K.
  • “Would recommend this course to anyone new to supervising a K-9 unit. Material was very helpful.” – Sgt. N.R.
  • “I really learned so much from the class and felt like the instructors were invested in helping me with solving problems in my program. Both instructors are very approachable and knowledgeable. Thanks for a great week!” – Cpl. J.C.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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