9P1381 – 16.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This workshop helps canine handlers to learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to build a strong Live Find (LF) bark indication for your disaster search and rescue canine.  All disaster dogs need to have a solid bark indication and handlers often try to skip steps in the training process to try and save time. The result of skipping these steps is a weak or nonexistent alert on test day and more importantly, on deployments.  If the canine does not perform the bark indication, it is easy to miss survivors. This workshop will give participants a solid foundation in building the best bark alerts possible. This workshop is 16 hours of hands-on training, delivered over two days.  

This workshop is one of the six different hands-on training opportunities that comprises the Canine Technical Assistance Program (CTAP). The CTAP is designed to provide canine handlers practical knowledge and to receive feedback on different topics relevant to deploying (LF) and Human Remains Detection (HRD) canines to disasters. The CTAP workshops are appropriate for canine handlers that are looking to sharpen their skills and improve their capabilities by learning practical solutions to common challenges. 

These workshops are appropriate for canine handlers that will work with either LF or HRD canine during search and rescue operations as part of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force (TF).  

CTAP consists of the following six workshops:

  1. Building a Live Find Bark Indication – Level 1 (Course Code: 9P1381)
  2. Building a Live Find Bark Indication – Level 2 (Course Code: 9P1382)
  3. Teaching Canine Directional Control (Course Code: 9P1383)
  4. Disaster Canine Agility (Course Code: 9P1384)
  5. Live Find Diffuse Scent Considerations (Course Code: 9P1385)
  6. Stop the Shopping – Improving Commitment to Scent (Course Code: 9P1386)


The following prerequisites are required to attend this course. Participants must bring their certificates of completion on the first day of class. Participants that do not have the prerequisites will be removed from the class.

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.


  • Field Station: Decoy Work on Bark Barrels
  • Field Station: Basic Single Barrel Exercises
  • Field Station: Basic Ensler Box Exercises
  • Field Station: Advanced Single Barrel Exercises
  • Field Station: Advanced Ensler Box Exercises
  • Field Station: Multiple Barrel Exercises
  • Field Station: Ensler Box Distraction Exercises
  • Field Station: Multiple Barrel Distraction Exercises

Suggested Audience

  • FEMA Canine Search Specialists 
  • SUSAR Canine Search Specialists
  • Regional or City US&R Teams
  • Fire Department Responders
  • Law Enforcement Personnel

Other Information

TEEX has provided training and technical assistance to National US&R and SUSAR task forces since 1998. Your department can be confident that training will meet credentialing and validation requirements. TEEX adheres to all of the requirements set forth by the FEMA US&R Program Office.

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 458-5636 | Toll-Free: (979) 458-0715
Email: rescue@teex.tamu.edu

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