Your Working Dog Radio hosts, Eric @vanessk9 & Ted @ted_summers, sit down with⁣ Street Cop Training, All Things K9 course Instructor and Police K9 Handler, Josh Brainard.
The gents get into what it was like to get into K9 by working at one of the largest police and military kennels in the world, and then what it was like to have many different jobs there, including a supervisor position- training, handling, and decoying dogs. Josh oversaw several training programs and imprinted working dogs in narcotics, detection, and tracking. Josh also contracted as an Explosives Detection Handler at major events like Cincinnati Bengals NFL games. As a police officer, Josh is a K9 handler and is currently teamed with a dual purpose K9. Since 2017, Josh has been assigned to his department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit as a K9 Handler, as well as their Street Crimes Unit and High Risk Tracking Team. Josh and his partner have tracked and apprehended several dangerous individuals and are responsible for many significant seizures of drugs, firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Josh has thousands of hours of K9 training and is a graduate of several renowned K9 Tactical Tracking schools as well as Advanced Scent Detection, K9 Trailing, and K9 Imprinting courses. Josh also has a resume stocked full of Criminal Interdiction training. Josh and his partner have been medalists at the American Working Dogs K9 Olympics numerous times and Josh was named Top Cop at his agency in 2017. Instructor Josh Brainard has trained hundreds of working dogs and is currently the lead K9 trainer at his police agency. Josh Brainard comes to Street Cop with significant knowledge on police working dogs and how they can enhance our missions!
As an All Things K9 Course Instructor, Josh gives current K9 handlers a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of all things K9. This class helps officers better understand how police working dogs function, and explains how to interact more efficiently alongside K9 Teams. Supervisors gain a better understanding of how to support these valuable resources and prevent liability against their units. For those police officers with aspirations to become a K9 handler, this class gives them a jump start to understand the science of the craft! Course attendees learn about K9 narcotics sniffs of vehicles, currency, parcels, buildings, and open areas. This course also explores the use of a K9 in high-risk vehicle stops, tracking, trailing and open area searches for suspects. Instructor Brainard talks about the use of perimeters for containment, as well as collecting, preserving, and presenting scent evidence as it relates to manhunts. Real deployment videos are shown to explain how suspects were located and narcotics were seized.
If you can’t attend the class, be sure to listen to this episode, it’s packed full of good training tips!!
Follow him on Instagram at @joshbrainard_sct


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