Dual Purpose Dogs – police dog training that offers K-9 efficiency and economy.
A dual purpose dog is trained for either patrol and narcotics detection or patrol and explosives detection. Acquiring a K9 police dog that can do two jobs is a cost–effective move for smaller law enforcement departments with budget constraints.
Dual Purpose – K9 narcotics dogs
Each of these dogs is a fully-trained K9 police dog skilled in tracking; handler protection; off-leash obedience; article, area and building search; and criminal apprehension.
In the narcotics detection part of their dual purpose training, we only make use of real drugs, not pseudo drug scents: this is vital for when K9 officers are to testify their narcotics dog only hits on illegal substances.
Southern Coast K9 dogs are taught to detect marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamines.
When a dog locates drugs, it will signal the find with a passive alert.
When training narcotics dogs, we never allow them physical contact with the drugs; they are trained only to detect the scent of the drugs.
Dual Purpose – K9 bomb detection dogs
These dogs are fully-trained K9s with the advantage of being bomb sniffing dogs.
For bomb detection, dogs are trained with real explosive materials, not simulated scents.
Each dog learns to detect the unique scent of different explosive materials. By the end of their training, a dog will be able to detect approximately 15 different combinations of explosive materials.
They are trained to detect trace samples or bulk samples of explosives.
The sound economics of a dual purpose police dog
Acquiring, handling and maintaining multiple K9 police dogs can stretch the budget of smaller police departments and agencies. The investment of one or two highly skilled dual purpose dogs can ease the pain of manpower shortage; more especially in rural departments where law enforcement officers must work independently to cover large areas.