Daily Archives: February 12, 2012

ATF LogoThe ATF explosives detection canine, a graduate of ATF’s 10 week explosive detection training program, has been conditioned to detect explosives, explosives residue, and post-blast evidence. As a bonus, because of their conditioning to smokeless powder and other explosive fillers, ATF trained explosives detection canines can detect firearms and ammunition hidden in containers and vehicles, on persons and buried underground.
Learn more about these amazing dog at www.atf.gov

TSA LogoTSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program recently closed however, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center has been selected to help continue the research and breeding program. The TSA prepared dogs and handlers to serve on the front lines of America’s War on Terror. These very effective, mobile team can quickly locate and identify dangerous materials that may present a threat to transportation systems. Just as important, they can quickly rule out the presence of dangerous materials in unattended packages, structures or vehicles, allowing the free and efficient flow of commerce.
Visit their website to learn more about their program.

AVMA LogoThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 82,500 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.
The AVMA, through its various organizations, provides support for working dogs and the efforts of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.
Visit their website to learn more.

Finding One AnotherDr. Otto has joined Tails of Hope Foundation to serve as a Co-Chair of the Finding One Another Tribute.
Their mission: Pay tribute to the canine teams who served during 9/11 and the canine teams who still work diligently in search and rescue efforts.
Their goal: Improve the care of these valuable dogs by underwriting veterinary expenses, funding research, training   veterinarians and educating the public.
As the 10th Anniversary approaches, a variety of educational, fundraising, and tribute events will be going on in New York and across the country. Macy’s “Shop for the Cause” and the Amalgamate Dance Company Charity Event highlight the diversity we will see in the year to come.
Followed the continued efforts of the generous organization at www.FindingOneAnother.org






SWGDOG was created as a response to concerns coming from a variety of sectors including law enforcement and homeland security regarding the need to improve the performance, reliability, and courtroom defensibility of detector dog teams and their optimized combination with electronic detection devices.  They work to generate best practices which go through a 6 month approval process, including an 8 week public comment period, where feedback is solicited from the community. SWGDOG currently has approved best practice guidelines in all 9 concentration areas, ranging from training, health, and research to substance and scent disciplines. Recently approved documents include contraband, currency, firearm, and live people in avalanche disasters. The newest document drafted, Searching for Human Remains in a Disaster Environment, will be posted for public comment before the end of the year. There are now thirty nine approved guidelines within 436 pages of resources. Some documents are also under a required two year review such as terminology, general guidelines, and selection of serviceable dogs and replacement systems.

Visit their website to learn more.