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STUDENT INFORMATION

ADMISSIONS & ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Basic Admission Requirements

  • Must be a High School or GED graduate


Student Acceptance Process

  • Provide proof of High School or GED graduation (diploma or transcripts)
  • Alternatively, provide copies of College Transcripts
  • Student Applicant will be contacted by AK9ITA (via telephone) to discuss Applicant’s goals, and course convening dates.
  • The student Applicant will determine the course(s) to be taken and will complete an application for enrollment and acceptance (AK9ITA Course Enrollment Agreement). Applicant will transmit the Agreement either by electronic mail or postal carriage to AK9ITA for consideration.


Credit for Previous Education or Training

AK9ITA will accept transfer credit or course work from any accredited institution and will maintain a written record of all previous education and training of the veteran or eligible person. AK9ITA staff will review the applicant’s prior training and education and evaluate and compare it to AK9ITA course requirements. Credit for prior training and education that meets AK9ITA course requirements will be granted and as appropriate, the training period will be shortened proportionately, and the eligible person and VA so notified.


ALL DIPLOMAS OR TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE CLASS COMMENCEMENT DATE. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT’S EXCLUSION UNTIL THE DOCUMENTS ARE RECEIVED.


Drop Period

Students can drop courses through the end of week one with no cost or financial penalty. Students must make their request in writing to the Administrator.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Based on in-stock availability, students may choose from the following breeds: Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, German Shepherd, or Labrador Retriever

DETECTION ODOR

All courses are based on a Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1700 hours schedule. Please note that training days and hours are subject to change due to weather conditions, training schedule requirements etc. as determined by the Course Instructors.

TUITION AND FEES

A non-refundable application fee of $100 and a $25 weekly dormitory fee for the provision of general supplies, maintenance and cleaning are charged directly to the student.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND PAYMENT PROGRAMS

  • American K-9 Interdiction, LLC. ™ (AK9I™) is proud to announce that they have partnered with Meritize, a comprehensive lending company focused on solutions for student loans. Meritize will be able to provide up to $15,100 in financing. The only prerequisites are that a minimum of 50% of the total tuition amount is due prior to the beginning of class, and that the remaining balance due to AK9I™ must be paid in full within six months of graduation. It can be a combination of funding from Meritize and private funds. Students can then arrange to either pay the balance in full or set up an interest free payment plan for the balance, through AK9I™ provided that the balance is paid in full within six months.
  • Example 1: Student A opts to attend the 13-week course which costs a total of $25,900. 50% of that amount would be $12,950. They get approved for the max amount of $15,100 from Meritize at a repayment term of 120 months, so that satisfies the dollar amount needed to begin classes. The student then sets up a payment plan with AK9I™ for the remaining balance of $10,900 which can be repaid up to 6 months from the date of graduation at 0% interest.
  • Example 2: Student B opts to attend the 13-week course, which costs a total of $25,900, with $12,950 needed up front. The student gets approved for $10,000 in funding from Meritize, payable over 120 months. The student would need an additional $2,950 to provide to AK9I prior to the beginning of class. The remaining balance of $12,950 can then be set up on an interest free payment plan which can be repaid up to 6 months from graduation.
  • The Meritize platform will offer educational financing to qualified students enrolled in the approved programs and have the flexibility of choosing from multiple repayment options that each have a post course completion grace period. Meritize brings more than traditional lending services to the student as they offer a substantial amount of support for post-employment such as resume writing, interview preparation, networking assistance, and other career services.
  • For more information visit https://www.meritize.com

PLEASE TELL US HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT AK9I AND OUR TRAINING COURSES:

BASIC OBEDIENCE (25 HOURS):

Application of Principles of Conditioning (reward schedules, fixed and variable ratios and intervals) for the commands of “sit, stay, down, heel and come” walking in heel position and obstacle agility course. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, students are taught to condition the dogs to respond to basic verbal and hand commands and navigate the obstacle course using positive reinforcement methods.

PATROL DOG TRAINING AND CONDITIONING (95 HOURS):

Bite work, grip development, decoy mechanics and development, single and multi-person pursuit and apprehension, apprehension from a vehicle, apprehension with gunfire, vehicle extractions, handler protection, prisoner escorts, recalls and outs, tracking and trailing. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, students will condition their dogs to pursue, bite, hold and guard a decoy with and without gunfire under a multitude of conditions, locations and stimuli.

BASIC OBEDIENCE (25 HOURS)

Application of Principles of Conditioning (reward schedules, fixed and variable ratios and intervals) for the commands of “sit, stay, down, heel and come” walking in heel position and obstacle agility course. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, students are taught to condition the dogs to respond to basic verbal and hand commands and navigate the obstacle course using positive reinforcement methods.

DETECTOR DOG SEARCH PROCEDURES (110 HOURS):

Canine odor recognition protocol (4-hole variable, odor wall), practical application of detector dog handling search pattern and search procedures in buildings, vehicles, warehouses, stadiums offices, open areas parcels, luggage and bomb threat response protocols. Using operant conditioning methods, students are taught to condition a “green” dog to detect and passively respond to target odors in different environments.

DETECTOR DOG CERTIFICATION (25 HOURS)

Final certification of detector dog team in real world environments using North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification standards. Students will certify with their dog by demonstrating their dog’s ability to detect and respond with a passive response to the target odors. Students will also be able to identify their dog’s behavioral change when the dog is in the scent cone and working to source.

ACADEMICS (40 HOURS)

Orientation, canine safety, canine health care and grooming, canine kenneling and transportation, Principles of Conditioning, explosives and narcotics safety, storage and transportation. This segment of the course is designed to teach students safety practices in and around the kennels and safe handling and transportation of explosives and narcotics. Students are introduced to Operant Conditioning (reward schedules) and Classical conditioning (pairing of unconditioned and conditioned stimuli) escape training, the canine sensory spectrum and titration levels.

BASIC OBEDIENCE (25 HOURS)

Application of Principles of Conditioning (reward schedules, fixed and variable ratios and intervals) for the commands of “sit, stay, down, heel and come” walking in the heel position and obstacle agility course. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, student are taught to condition the dogs to respond to basic verbal and hand commands and navigate the obstacle course using positive reinforcement methods.

DETECTOR DOG SEARCH PROCEDURES (110 HOURS)

canine odor recognition protocol (4-hole variable, odor wall), Practical application of detector dog handling search pattern and search procedures in buildings, vehicles, warehouses, stadiums offices, open areas, parcels, luggage and bomb threat response protocols. Using operant conditioning methods, students are taught to condition a “green” dog to detect and passively respond to target odors in different environments.

DETECTOR DOG CERTIFICATION (25 HOURS)

Final certification of detector dog team in real world environments using North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification standards. Students will certify with their dog by demonstrating their dog’s ability to detect and respond with a passive response to the target odors. Students will also be able to identify their dog’s behavioral change when the dog is in the scent cone and working to source.

PATROL DOG CERTIFICATION (25 HOURS)

Final certification of detector dog team in real world environments using North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification standards. Students will demonstrate their dog’s ability to pursue, bite, hold and guard a decoy with and without gunfire under a multitude of conditions, locations and stimuli.

DETECTOR DOG SEARCH PROCEDURES (65 HOURS):

Canine odor recognition protocol (4-hole variable, odor wall), Practical application of detector dog handling search pattern and search procedures in buildings, vehicles, warehouses, stadiums offices, open areas, parcels, luggage and bomb threat response protocols. Using operant conditioning methods, students are taught to condition a “green” dog to detect and passively respond to target odors in different environments.

ACADEMICS (40 HOURS):

Orientation, canine safety, canine health care and grooming, canine kenneling and transportation, Advanced Principles of Conditioning, explosives and narcotics safety, storage and transportation. This segment of the course is designed to teach students safety practices in and around the kennels and safe handling and transportation of explosives and narcotics. Students are introduced to Advanced methods of Operant (reward schedules) and Classical conditioning (pairing of unconditioned and conditioned stimuli) escape training, the canine sensory spectrum and titration levels.

BASIC AND ADVANCED OBEDIENCE (65 HOURS):

Application of Advanced Principles of Conditioning (reward schedules, fixed and variable ratios and intervals) for the commands of “sit, stay, down, heel and come” (all commands are given off-leash) and obstacle agility course (on-leash and off-leash), long downs, vertical/horizontal carries, ladder climbs, window entries and tactical movements, off-leash send-outs, wagon wheels and T-Patterns. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, student are taught to condition the dogs to respond to advanced verbal and hand commands and navigate the obstacle course using positive reinforcement methods.

DETECTOR DOG SEARCH PROCEDURES (235 HOURS):

Canine odor recognition protocol (4 hole variable, odor wall), Vapor Pressure (the scent cone), factors affecting the scent cone, e.g., wind, humidity ambient temperature, convection and terrain, advanced application of detector dog handling search patterns and search procedures in buildings, vehicles, warehouses, stadiums offices, open areas, theaters, parcels, luggage and bomb threat response protocols. Off-leash distance casting and control, shooting a line and orbiting. Using advanced operant conditioning methods, students are taught to condition a “green” dog to detect and passively respond to target odors in different environments. Students are also taught how to overcome cognitive dissonance utilizing advanced techniques for behavior shaping and modification as well as receiving Instructor Development, Electronic collar and K9 Selection training.

DETECTOR DOG CERTIFICATION (25 HOURS):

Final certification of detector dog team in real world environments using North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification standards. Students will certify with their dog by demonstrating their dog’s ability to detect and respond with a passive response to the target odors. Students will also be able to identify their dog’s behavioral change when the dog is in the scent cone and working to source.

PATROL DOG TRAINING AND CONDITIONING (130 HOURS):

Overview of bite work, grip development, pursuit and apprehension and gunfire stimuli. canine team selection (how to evaluate both the dog and handler), breeding programs, puppy rearing and evaluation, initial bite work and grip development for puppies, advanced animal behavior (physiological and psychological factors),kenneling, kennel operations and kennel management, training operations and situational problem-solving, advanced tracking and trailing with drop articles, multiple turns and cross-tracks. Door breeching with and without flash bangs. Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, students will condition their dogs to pursue, bite, hold and guard a decoy with and without gunfire under a multitude of conditions, locations and stimuli.

PATROL DOG CERTIFICATION (25 HOURS):

Final certification of detector dog team in real world environments using North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification standards. Students will demonstrate their dog’s ability to pursue, bite, hold and guard a decoy with and without gunfire under a multitude of conditions, locations and stimuli.

PATROL DOG TRAINING AND CONDITIONING (60 HOURS):

The primary purpose of this course of instruction is to prepare canine teams for integration into the tactical operations of law enforcement as a nonlethal option. Bite work, grip development, decoy mechanics and development, single and multi-person pursuit and apprehension, apprehension from a vehicle (bailouts), apprehension with gunfire, vehicle extractions, handler protection, prisoner escorts, recalls and outs, tracking and trailing and building search/working “in the stack.” Utilizing Operant Conditioning methods, students will condition their dogs to pursue, bite, hold and guard a decoy with and without gunfire under a multitude of conditions, locations and stimuli.

ACADEMICS (40 HOURS)

Orientation, canine safety, canine health care and grooming, canine kenneling and transportation, Principles of Conditioning, explosives and narcotics safety, storage and transportation. This segment of the course is designed to teach students safety practices in and around the kennels and safe handling and transportation of explosives and narcotics.Students are introduced to Operant conditioning (reward schedules) and Classical conditioning (pairing of unconditioned and conditioned stimuli) escape training, the canine sensory spectrum and titration levels.