K9 Drug Detection

In the fight against illegal drugs, a well-trained K9 can be your most important asset. K9 Drug Detection gives trainers and handlers the tools and knowledge they need to properly train and deploy a highly effective K9 drug detection team.

Expert trainers Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak provide the key principles for successful training, as well as step-by-step training schedules for both active and passive responses. They describe the many factors that affect a K9's work in the field, including the influence of air currents and various weather conditions. They teach you how to protect your K9 from dangerous substances and what to do if your dog is accidentally exposed. They also provide background information every K9 drug detection handler should know, such as the basics of drug laws in North America and Europe and essential facts about the appearance, effects, risks, and use of the most common illegal drugs.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
Introduction 8
1 Selecting the Drug-Detector Dog and Handler 10
2 Basics of Drug-Detection Training 25
3 Accidental Drug Uptake: First Aid for Your Dog 54
4 Reading Your Dog 64
5 Influence of Air Currents in Search Work 82
6 Planning a Search Action 109
7 General Information on Drugs, Drug Laws, and Penalties 134
8 The Different Drugs 157
Conclusion 266
Appendix A: Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Drug Schedules I–IV and VIII 268
Appendix B: Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Punishments 279
Appendix C: United States Controlled Substances Act: Drug Schedules I–V 283
Appendix D: United States Federal Trafficking Penalties for Drugs Included in Schedules I–V 286
Notes 290
Bibliography 292
About the Authors 294
Index 298