Another GAK9 Hound find

Mike Mason and Deja from San Bernardino County Sheriff's DeptAnother GAK9 Hound find…they are coming every day! Great work Mike Mason and Deja from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.

Critical Missing 14-01985 7400 Cherry Ave (US Bank) 1336 hrs
Officers responded to the US Bank regarding a reported critical missing. RP XXXX reported that her mother XXXX (DOB: 040444) had walked away from the RP’s parked vehicle. XXXX suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. An extensive area search was conducted by officers to include the use of Red Hawk 1, Detective personnel and an SBSO Bloodhound team. The Bloodhound team (Dep. Mason and K-9 “Deja”) tracked the critical missing throughout the Village of Heritage. Det. Goltara along with patrol officers searched the area on foot with the K-9 Team. The track concentrated in the northeastern portion of the village.

Prior to establishing a Command Post, K-9 “Deja” tracked the critical missing further east in the village and subsequently across Cherry, to the walking path between commercial warehouses. The critical missing was unharmed and in apparent good health. Com Center responded to check XXXX as a precautionary measure. XXXX was reunited with her daughter and removed from MUPS. Great job by everyone involved!
Team 1, Det’s, Red Hawk 1, SBSO K-9

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K9 Diet and Nutrition

 

What are you feeding your dog?

You are what you eat.  This is true regardless of species; human or dog.  Feeding your K9 poor quality dog foods can be directly related to:

1. Gastrointestinal problems

2. Hot spots and other skin problems

3. Ear infections such as chronic yeast

 

Human Grade Vs. Feed Grade

Basic Guidelines

  • Human grade ingredients are those that meet standards for human consumption and undergo stringent testing protocol to ensure quality and the absence of anything not fit for human consumption.
  • Feed grade ingredients are those deemed not fit for human consumption.  They include expired, moldy, and defective products.

 

Reading the Dog Food Labels

1. Dog food manufacturers are required to list all of the ingredients in their foods.  Each ingredient must be listed in order from highest to lowest by weight.

2. Some commercial manufacturers bypass the above standard to cover up less desirable elements.  An example would be when a reader  groups all of the wheat components together and they become substantially more than the meat product, such as lamb. Now the wheat becomes the primary ingredient.

3. Good protein sources are:

  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Duck
  • Lamb

1. Bad sources of protein are:

  • Unspecified by-products
  • Unspecified meat and bone meal
  • Fish digest
  • Animal digest

Animal digest is a cooked down broth that might be from unspecified parts of unspecified animals.  These creatures can be collected from almost any source and there are no quality controls in place. Dead, dying, diseased, and disabled, (known as 4-D) protein sources that are banned in human food can legally used in dog food. Unspecified by-products often times are an element of a larger product; e.g.  waste elements such as hair, feathers, feet, claws, beaks, etc.   These byproducts are not part of a healthy diet. **Meat byproducts such as the heart and liver are perfectly acceptable byproducts Dry blood meal is an inexpensive source of poor quality protein in some foods and it is completely indigestible.

Preservatives and Ingredients

For the most part, pet foods are overcooked and their nutritional value is often compromised.  Things have to be added back in to the mix to make it more palatable.  These ingredients are fall under the GRAS guidelines, (Generally Recognized as Safe).  This does not necessarily mean they are good for your dog.

1. Good Preservatives

  • Tocopherols (Vitamin C and E)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate

1. Bad Preservatives and ingredients

  • BHT- Used to retard spoilage.  Some research has linked BHT to immune deficiency syndrome, spleen, stomach, and liver cancer, chronic diarrhea, liver and kidney damage.
  • Ethoxyquin- A known carcinogen that some studies have shown creates numerous other major health issues.
  • Artificial coloring
  • BHA- Some studies have shown this to be harmful to kidneys.
  • Corn syrup- This is pure sugar and can create picky eaters.
  • Mono sodium glutamate (MSG)- Used to disguise inferior food quality
  • Propyl Gallate- Spoilage retardant
  • Sodium nitrate- A possible carcinogenic preservative for red coloring
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate- A caustic detergent
  • Parabens

Carbohydrates

Good Carbs

1. Whole grains
2. Oats
3. Barley
4. Rye
5. Quinoa

Bad Carbs

1. Corn gluten meal

Good fruits and vegetables for your K9

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Papayas

Georgia K9 National Training Center is committed to K9 health.  We believe that there are three levels to proper health and they are all interconnected:

1. Physical
2. Environmental
3. Psychological

The means to this end starts with a good diet.  Without a properly functioning body working at peak capacity, our dogs can never truly reach their full potential.  We recommend to all of our clients to choose a body healthy diet for your K9. Yes, good dog food costs more than the average grocery store variety, but large vet bills due to food related problems or illness generally cost lots more. On the same note, quality foods are generally thoroughly digested, translating to less waste and feeding less with each meal.  There are quite a few excellent dog food products available at most pet stores and at your local Animal Clinic.  Here at Georgia K9, we use and stock two of them.   It is important to understand that the two foods we use are not the “be all, end all” of the dog food world.  They are simply foods that fit our K9‘s lifestyles.  We recommend that our clients always seek out professional veterinarian advice for the specific needs of their own dogs. As the majority of our personal dogs are working K9’s with incredibly active lifestyles, we have found the following foods to work best for them:

  • Orijen and Acana Diets
  • Canine Caviar (Grain Free)
  • NutriSource Grain Free diets
  • Pure Vita Grain Free Diets
  • Biologically Appropriate raw diets

We stock Orijen , Acana and Honest Kitchen in 30 LB bags for our customers. However, for those out of the area, repeat purchases might be best through one of our affiliate pet professionals in their particular neighborhoods. Please ask for a referral.

For those of you who prefer raw diets, we stock:

  • Blue Ridge Beef Raw Foods
  • Honest Kitchen
  • Nupro

We are also proud to feature Omega QD, the absolute best Omega fish oil supplement on the market.  Ask a Georgia K9 Trainer for a custom designed diet for your dog

 

Deputy Ryan Girard and his K9 Bloodhound “Dare,”

Tao of Trailing

Tao of Trailing

Ok y’all…so it goes again with two of our dogs…and really folks, this is what sets the working handlers from the fantasy:  Dares Bags another one 4 for 4 and they just went through there handers course 3 months ago!

I hate to steal the thunder from Dare’s handler, Ryan Girard from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department but Dare was my own personal K9 that I decided to sell to a department that really needed it and a handler who I really felt deserved her. Well, it was a match made in heaven because these two are rocking Cali right now! Congrats and I cannot say how proud I am of this team. Thanks again to Sandy Stuart and Kent Stuart who know the meaning of working dogs.

Date: January 2, 2014 / 1934 hours
Crime: PC 211 – Strong Armed Robbery
Location: 9600 Block of Baseline Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Suspect: Victor Huerta, 18 years of age, transient

Victor Huerta walked into the Rite Aid and selected merchandise. A store employee watched Huerta conceal the merchandise in his waistband. The employee confronted Huerta regarding the merchandise. Huerta told the employee he was armed with a handgun. The employee backed away at which time Huerta charged the employee and struck him. The two began to struggle and the merchandise fell from Huerta’s pants. Huerta fled the scene of the crime. During the struggle, a hat Huerta was wearing fell to the ground and was left behind.

Deputy Ryan Girard and his K9 Bloodhound partner “Dare,” responded to the scene. Using the hat as a scent article, Girard used Dare to track the scent. They tracked the scent east from the store to a nearby business complex. The scent continued into an apartment complex near the business complex. Dare successfully tracked Huerta to the apartment complex where he was located and taken into custody. Because force was used by Huerta during the theft he was booked into West Valley Detention Center for strong armed robbery.

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K9 Cop Magazine Featured Kennel

Georgia K9 National Training Center is a very diverse training company with locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. Initially beginning as a trailing and tracking trainer for Law Enforcement, GAK9 has grown to also provide multi-purpose K9-9s for police, military, Search and Rescue and people with disabilities.

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Arm Robbery Bloodhound Apprehension & Burglary

Two good pinches in one week with two of our dogs that just completed training at our Edisto Island Facility. This training is real and gets real results. Great job to San Bernardino Deputies Mike Mason and K9 Deja and Ryan Girard and K9 Dare.  Hounds by Boulder Creek Bloodhounds, Kent and Sandy Stuart.

Deputy Ryan Girard and K9 Dare

Deputy Ryan Girard and K9 Dare

Thursday, November 21, 2013
strong Arm Robbery/Bloodhound Apprehension by Dare handled By Deputy Ryan Girard
11200 Block of Baseline Road, Rancho
Arrested Suspect: Smith, Darius, 20 year old male; resident of Rancho Cucamonga

On the above date and time a man, who was later identified as Darius Smith, went into a convenience store and demanded the clerk refund his money on an item he purchased earlier. The clerk declined and explained store policy prevented her from allowing the refund. This angered Smith and he stole two other items as he walked out of the business. The clerk followed him and tried to use her cell phone to take a photo of Smith’s car’s license plate. When Smith saw her do this, he charged her and struck her arm causing her phone to come out of her hand. A Good Samaritan saw what was happening and he yelled at Smith which stopped the attack. Smith ran away, leaving the stolen items behind. Deputy Ryan Girard and his bloodhound partner, Dare, came to the scene to help locate Smith. Dare gathered Smith’s scent from the stolen items and quickly went to work, trailing the scent from the store, across Milliken Avenue, through another store parking lot, then into a residential area. A short distance into the neighborhood, Dare indicated the subject was nearby. Deputies converged and gave verbal commands. Smith was hiding in some nearby shrubbery and surrendered without further incident. Dare’s ability to discriminate human scent and trail the scent over pavement, asphalt and landscaped areas proved to save many man hours of searching and resulted in the apprehension of a suspected violent thief. Smith was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

 

Date/Time: 11/19/13 at 2:00 am

Incident: Burglary

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Deputy Mike Mason and K9 Deja

Location: 11400 block of 4th Street, Rancho Cucamonga

Suspect(s): Castillo, Geovanny, 30-year old resident of Rialto

Victim(s): Avis Rental Cars

SummaryOn Tuesday, November 19th, deputies from the Major Enforcement Team of the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department were conducting surveillance in and around the area of 4th Street in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, due to an increase in reports of stolen third seat thefts occuring in that area. Deputies Justin Long and Narcie Sousa watched as a man, later identified as the suspect, Geovanny Castillo, brake into a 2013 GMC Yukon and remove the 3rd row seats.

As the deputies approached Castillo, he ran and hid from them. Deputy Mike Mason and his bloodhound partner, Deja, were requested and responded to the location. Deja was presented with articles containing the suspect’s scent and within minutes led deputies to where Castillo was hiding.

Castillo was arrested without further incident.

Deputies Long and Sousa located additional stolen third row seats in Castillo’s car.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com

Refer: Deputy Justin Long

Station: Rancho Cucamonga

Phone No. 909-477-2800

Case No. 111313291

K2 K9 Solutions Narcotics Detection

Kelli Collins takes first place in the K2 K9 Solutions Narcotics Detection event with our Georgia K9 NTC K9 Havoc and also 3rd Place Explosives Detection with her Boeing K9-Ben. Thanks to our K2 hosts. This was a great event at a beautiful K9 training facility. Anyone would be lucky to have the opportunity to train at K2. Stay tuned for the K2 Iron Dog pics from the end of day competition!

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German boys soccer time!

German boys soccer time!

German Boys Soccer Time

Rancho’s New Bloodhound K9 Unit

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Rancho Cucamonga introduced their new Bloodhound K9 Unit to the community on Thursday, October 17, 2013.  The unit, which includes two bloodhounds and two deputies, will assist law enforcement in locating missing children, adults, objects, and suspects who flee.  Bloodhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent and we are proud to have them in our county.  Along with the efficiencies a dog can provide, the Bloodhound, in particular, is an adorable sight and they draw the attention and affection of most people.

Georgia K9 BloodhoundFollowing a year of research, Deputies Ryan Girard and Mike Mason brought forward a proposal to purchase and deploy 2-Bloodhounds trained in the task of trailing the scent of missing or outstanding persons.

Their proposal was welcomed by the Sheriff’s Department’s Command Staff and the City.  The decision to make the purchase and go forward was an easy one, and soon after hearing the idea, permission was granted and the City of Rancho Cucamonga funded the purchase.

After weeks of “boot camp” type training in South Carolina, we welcome home our beautiful bloodhounds, Dare and Deja.  The dogs are sisters, coming from the same litter 2-years ago.  The girls started their
training at 8-weeks of age and were so successful the trainer, Jeff Schettler, of Georgia K9’s used them as his demonstration dogs to showcase his training program.  Jeff calls the girls “Ferrari’s” of the trailing world.

In the event that a vulnerable person or suspect in a crime is missing, the work required by human peace officers is daunting and sometimes overwhelming.  People can be difficult to find in our very urban environment and can deplete resources very quickly.  A dog, on the other hand, has olfactory senses far beyond the senses of a human and can therefore locate a targeted scent very quickly. Dare and Deja can currently track any human scent over the course of several miles, even when the trail is several hours old
and over hard terrain such as cement and asphalt.   Dare and Deja will also be outfitted with video and GPS tracking devices.

Adel Sayegh, Owner and CEO of Universal Surveillance Systems in Rancho Cucamonga, researched state-of-the-art remote video and GPS tracking devices, purchased these items, designed and created a vest for the dog’s to wear which can hold the equipment in place.  The system will not only create a video image of
the entire tracking event, it will create and maintain a log of the GPS coordinates throughout the search.  If needed, the records can be used as evidence in court.  Mr. Sayegh donated his time and the equipment in an effort to give back to this community in which he lives and works.

Dare and Deja are true athletes who will live with Deputies Mason and Girard as part of their families.

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/Home/NewBloodhoundK9Unit.aspx

Sport Tracking School

 

Become a Georgia K9 NTC Sport Tracking Trainer

Sport Tracking School Trainer’s Course- Job Opportunity

Mission:

Sport tracking is sweeping the world as the newest form of dog fun/work for everyday people with their family dogs.  This is a sport and not to be confused with professional manhunting but still every bit as exciting!  Learn the art, teach the art, hold group classes, and host annual competitions all under the Georgia K9 Banner. We are the World Leader in tracking/ trailing.

1. We will train you

2. Advertise for you

3. Provide your equipment

4. Student Uniforms

5. Trainer Uniforms

6. Award certificates of completion.

With Georgia K9 NTC as your School banner there will be little need to brand yourself or establish a business footprint. We have done that for you.

Georgia K9 NTCNose work is easy and though fun cannot compare to the thrill of tracking someone down with a dog.  There is no better way to stay in great shape while keeping your dogs’ mind and body in tiptop condition. The Georgia K9 Tracker School Trainer’s course is designed to train the trainer in the art of Trailing/ Tracking and scent discrimination. The Georgia K9 NTC Tracker school is the World’s first professional tracking school of its kind. GAK9 CEO-Jeff Schettler has written three books on the subject, Red Dog Rising, K9 Trailing The Straightest Path, and Tactical Tracker Teams; a Guide to High Risk Manhunts. He has been professionally teaching his discipline to Police, Search & Rescue, and Military handlers around the world since 1998. He is considered a expert witness in the areas of tracking/ trailing. Jeff’s style has helped police departments across the country find missing people and criminals on a daily basis. Learn Jeff’s style, become part of the Georgia K9 NTC School of trainers, and bring it back to your own community!

If you think you have what it takes to become a Georgia K9 NTC Sport Tracking Trainer this is the class for you.  There are two training options:

Individual Class featuring one on one training for three weeks at our Edisto Island Tracker School facility.

Group Class with a total of five student/ trainers for three weeks at our Edisto Island Tracker School Facility.

 

Edisto Island Training Handler's House

Edisto Island Training Handler’s House

Requirements:

Personal K9 Training/ Work Credentials- experience and/ or prior K9 work or training is necessary
Exceptional physical fitness
Personal K9 Capable of completing the course and final certification
Must be able to train a second K9 provided for class components
Must have the mandatory equipment list for this class
Personal transportation and vehicle crates for K9
Must Pass the TTTK9 University Online Trailing Course
Must Pass the final K9 Trailing certification:

Course Description:

GAK9 NTC Trailing Harness & LeadTwo days of Classroom with video and slideshow: Scent Theory and basic handling techniques

Eleven Days of Fieldwork practicing your new discipline

Two days of certification preparation and final test.

Final Graduation Dinner

* All course-training manuals will be provided
* Trailing harness, 30’ lead, and patrol lead included
* Lodging included
* Meals are not included

Successful Graduation:

Upon successful course completion we will provide you with the following:

Georgia K9 NTC Trainer’s Certificate

Georgia K9 NTC Trainer’s Uniform

GAK9 Trainers’ Polo Shirt
GAK9 Trainers’ Pants
GAK9 Trainers’ Hat

* Additional trainers clothing is available for purchase at wholesale pricing. Trainers’ uniforms are for trainers only.

GAK9 Uniform Pants & Polo Shirts

Polo Shirt & Trainers Pants

* Uniform and K9 Equipment value of $500.00 included with successful graduation!

* Placement on the Georgia K9 NTC Trainers Web Page

Trainers course cost for one on one training with lodging: $8750.00

Trainers Course Group Class 5:1 Student to Trainer Ratio: $3250.00 each student

Call or write now for details: (Contact number and email)

Working A Real Trailing Dog In An Urban Environment and Reading Body Language

Jeff Schettler shared a link Cannelle: “This is a good video on working a real trailing dog in an urban environment and reading body language. In this video viewers will get a good view of how easy it is for wind blown scent to blow past turns and how easy it is for the dog to follow it. The hard part is handlers reading that behavior and bringing the dog back to productive sources of odor based on what the handler passed and read in the dog previously. This is where urban work creates a condition of team work of dog and handler and not just dog alone. The dog often goes too far past a turn due to wind blown odor and the handler has to get the dog back. The problem with many handlers in urban environments is their belief that the trail is continuous scent that leads from point A to point Z and that they must simply follow. This creates a condition where when the dog runs past a turn with wind blown odor and goes into hunting mode, the handler simply follows the dog forward because the dog got them to that forward point to begin with and they do not recognize hunting behavior vs. trailing behavior. Urban work is rarely, if ever, one continuous scent trail that the dog follows unerringly. Good video.

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