Your hosts Eric @vanessk9 and Ted @ted_summers chatted with the current Executive Director of the USPCA, Don Slavik. Slavik worked for the St. Paul K9 department in the 80’s and 90’s as a handler and trainer, and they discussed what it’s like working a Rottweiler K9. 🤔 Slavik was a trainer, instructor, and course developer for ATF. 🧨 He developed and wrote lesson plans for two classes on Air Movement and its effects on explosives odors and legal issues for explosive canine teams. He evaluated several sites in Thailand for the U.S. Department of State on a proposed 175 dog kennel in Thailand for the Royal Thailand Police. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME), Slavik was selected as the Lead Trainer charged with training a class of dogs for a credible threat in a foreign country for the Department of State. He was also a Department of State GTM, monitoring all DOS canine teams in Iraq. Slavik has lectured on a variety of topics nationally and is an expert witness.⁣ LATELY, the USPCA has been quietly working with canine industry professionals, searching for information on the current environment for police patrol dogs’ in the U.S. From this discussion comes a series of articles involving police dogs guided by their training, supervision, and policies. The first article that will appear in the next Canine Courier is “Best Practices in Contemporary Canine” – so get your paws on a copy of that 😎 Across the board, this was an enlightening interview, and definitely an episode you will not want to miss!!⁣ ⁣ ⁣𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗖𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗦𝗘, thank you to our amazing partners:⁣ ⁣ ⁣ @KineticDogFood⁣⁣ 513-615-6904⁣ ⁣ @horizonstructures⁣ 888-447-4337⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ @southerncoastk9⁣ 877.903.DOGS⁣⁣ ⁣ @rayallenk9 ⁣⁣ Discount code “WORKINGDOGRADIO” for 10% off⁣ ⁣ @dogtraofficial ⁣⁣ Discount code “WDR10” for 10% off of a single item over $200⁣ ⁣ @hits_k9 Training and Conference ⁣ Jeff Barrett at 863-529-5113⁣⁣ ⁣ @quickdermbyvetcare ⁣⁣ Discount code “10WDR” for 10% off of your first order⁣ ⁣ @tacticalpolicek9⁣⁣ ⁣ @almk9equipment⁣⁣ Discount code “WDRADIO” for 10% off of your first order⁣ ⁣ @tripwire_operations_group ⁣⁣ ⁣ Music with permission by @brotherdege ⁣⁣ #workingdogradio #broadcastingthebite⁣ ⁣