9P1386 – 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 prevent a disaster search and rescue canine from “shopping”. What is shopping? When your dog locates the scent source, leaves to continue searching etc. and returns to bark at the scent source at a later time, we call it shopping. The dog knows the victim is there, but they’re not committing to a bark immediately. This is a very common problem in US&R dogs today. You may survive in a testing environment, but this could prove catastrophic in the real world. This workshop will give you several ways to trouble shoot this behavior, so that your canine will stay committed to scent. 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 Canine Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide canine handlers practical knowledge and to receive feedback on different topics relevant to deploying Live Find (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 Live-Find (LF) or Human Remains Detection (HRD) canine during search and rescue operations as part of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force (TF).  
The Canine Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) consists of the following six workshops:

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


The following prerequisite is required to attend this course. Participants must bring their certificate of completion on the first day of class. Participants that do not have the prerequisite 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.

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 and 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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