Anyone can teach a dog to sniff things. For a dog detection team to achieve maximum effectiveness the handler must also be well trained and the system used to train the dogs and handlers must take into consideration all aspects of detecting explosives. Many training systems fail on both those counts. DDSI applies years of post-war combat zone detection experience and military training expertise for security personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, developing widely recognized systems that train both the dog and the handler as a unit.
A major problem with many contractors is that they don’t necessarily provide military-styled dogs. Often they provide dogs and handlers that have police-styled training systems, which can be ineffective or unsafe in hazardous areas. With military-trained dogs the handler has the option of working his dog “off line” in high risk situations involving IEDs. Police dogs are typically trained to be handled on the leash only, which puts the handler in a much more vulnerable position. DDSI dogs are able to work up to 600 metres away from the handler.
DDSI dogs also tend to be single-purpose dogs better suited to finding IEDs. Breeds such as German Shepherds and Malinois will often be more interested in pursuing people than finding explosives, and may miss an important IED.
Did you know DDSI developed the now widely-used convention of training dogs and handlers using taped lanes?
DDSI uses the British AESD Arms and Explosives Detection Dog training system. We employ the AESD format because it is the most efficient, effective and safe detection dog system in the world. It’s designed for the military but can also be formatted for police work.
The DDSI training system goes far beyond the academic sniff-and-find approach adopted by most trainers. Our systems put teams through various learning scenarios, and we train on all aspects of each scenario, including the use of protective clothing, establishing safe return paths and commencement zones, the order in which an area should be inspected, controlling the dog off-line, approaching a closed door, and many other cognitive skills. These same aspects are also incorporated into in-situ or combat zone training.
One of the most unique aspects of DDSI services is our ability to offer scenario-based training to handler teams at your facility. This approach allows teams to focus on environmental tangibles, both natural and man-made. Because we can train at your site, our training has proven more sustainable for organizations such as the Canadian Armed Forces, primarily because it is much more cost-effective. DDSI can move from place to place cheaper than the cost of transporting an entire unit.
The costs to carry out security assignments can be astronomical. To help combat those costs, it’s important to have dog units as part of a detachment, and not brought in under contract. Potential benefits include:
As part of our service, DDSI provides valuable tactical consulting. An example is encouraging security personnel to train together using the same methodologies, so that if a dog is lost in an insurgent zone it can be quickly replaced by a dog and handler with the same training, thereby keeping the operation moving forward smoothly.