Training Priorities Seminar

The study and delivery of Canine and Handler training can be a complex and daunting task at the best of times. As with all technologies, the face of K9 training has changed dramatically in the past decade; in fact, it has changed dramatically in the past two or three years. Very best practice, at the 'cutting edge' of development, is central to my mission statement. It is our job to provide the most current training and teaching models for a wide-variety of K9 Training packages. We start out by emphasizing effective skill acquisition, real-time experience and practical credibility.

Effective skill acquisition:

Our number one priority. Participants must be able to apply the skills they have acquired. The techniques, although on the cutting edge of K9 development, are simple and easy to learn. These techniques are designed to work in an aggressive, non-cooperative scenario. Although our training methodology serves to provide the best possible foundation for ongoing study and skill development, it is our number one goal to produce results that allow participants to operate effectively in the short term. ie: be able to defend against and efficiently subdue and arrest larger, stronger and highly motivated offenders more effectively. Our emphasis is on highly effective, short term skill acquisition.

Real-time experience:

This is not a theoretical approach to K9 / defensive tactics training. We take a hands-on approach that allows the participant to clock up valuable hours of real-time experience. Most so called K9 experts have less than three years experience under their belts, whilst our teams has 34 years. While theoretical training and the development of fine-motor and technical skills may offer something over the long term, there is no substitute for actual, full-blown, hands-on experience. This 'hands-on' experience, combined with a sound methodology, is what produces results.

Practical credibility:

Participants of our training model are required to attain standards that reflect a high level of both practical and conceptual credibility. During violent confrontation not everything goes as planned; hence we don't advocate or teach a set of tricks or moves that work only under ideal circumstances. Participants acquire skills that are designed to cope with the flux and change of close quarters combat coupled with the complexity of managing a driven K9. Upon completion of the training, participants should have clear understanding of the logic and underlying strategies of best practice K9 / defensive tactics training. It is very important that instructors be able to demonstrate credible understanding.

Kris Kotsopoulos - "Von Forell Instinctive Training Systems"