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AmerisourceBergen Foundation Donates $150,000 to Southeastern Guide Dogs to Support Training and Placing of Guide Dogs and Companion Dogs

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The three-year grant will place dogs with Gold Star Families and children affected by blindness and crisis

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (April 2, 2019) – The AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on human and animal health solutions, announced today a $150,000 donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a nonprofit focused on transforming lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. With the support of this multi-year grant, Southeastern Guide Dogs will be able to increase placements of guide and companion dogs with visually impaired teenagers and children, as well as families of fallen service members and with child advocate professionals in courtrooms.

“We are grateful to receive this generous three-year grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation,” says Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “Southeastern Guide Dogs does not charge for its dogs or services and receives no government support. Instead, the charity relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations to fund its programs. This grant enables us to expand our services to children and teens, providing them and their families with hope for the future.”

As part of the services to children and teens, which are supported by the Foundation grant, five trained guide dogs will be placed with legally-blind teenagers and 10 companion dogs will be placed with visually impaired children to offer them a new sense of confidence, independence and mobility. Prior to being matched with a guide dog, parents and teens have the opportunity to attend a three-day overnight camp where trainers introduce families to guide dog ownership and instruct them on how to safely navigate with their future companions to ensure success.

Additionally, the program will provide four caring, highly-skilled dogs to Gold Star Families – families who have lost loved ones in service to their country – to promote healing and provide encouragement. The program will also offer one child advocacy dog placement, a service that provides dogs to adults who assist children in crisis, such as those who enter the court system.

“The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is steadfast in our commitment to making a positive, long-lasting impact by enriching the lives of our global community. To achieve our mission, we look for partners that redefine and increase access to care and are working to actively improve the overall wellbeing of both human and animal health populations,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “To that end, we’re proud to work alongside Southeastern Guide Dogs, which operates at the intersection of human and animal health providing unmatched training and care for animals who will serve as a dedicated companion to children and families, and, in turn, will know the comfort of loving homes.”

Through its Human & Animal Grant Program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation supports organizations at the local and national level who increase access to human and animal healthcare and education.

US, Philippine Armies Exchange Best Techniques for Training Working Dogs

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

CAMP AQUINO, Philippines — The U.S Army and Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s K9 Battalion trained together on March 6, 2019 during exercise Salaknib to learn each other’s military working dog training techniques. Training together like this allows U.S. forces and host countries to build lasting partnerships and prepare to work together on real missions.

“The Subject Matter Experts allow us to exchange ideas and some best practices as to how the programs are managed,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ivan Alvira, the plans section Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge with the 8th Military Police Brigade. “We can compare notes on how they manage their programs and how we manage ours and then take back those suggestions and maybe make adjustments in the way that we do things.”

Each team has been open to new ideas and training tools in learning ways to make their programs better. Even with language barriers and time constraints, everyone involved has benefited by working together.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Holmes, the plans NCO with the 520th Military Working Dog Detachment explained how good it has been working with the Philippine military. “I have absorbed their information as well and I’m going to be able to take that back to my counterparts back in the states.”

The Philippine army enjoyed working alongside the U.S. Army and was happy with the lessons they received.

“We are lucky to have Sgt. 1st Class Alvira and Staff Sgt. Holmes conducting lectures pertaining to canine operations,” said Philippine Army Maj. Christopher C. Manimtim with the K9 Battalion. “And also to share some of the best practices not only for the U.S. army but for the Philippine soldiers.”

Sharing ideas and training tools does not just benefit the canine programs, but also the military as a whole. It creates a familiarity with another’s branch of service which helps in times of need. Working together to share tips on how to better military programs, helps everyone by creating and strengthening bonds.

“Anytime that you’re interacting with a partner, your building on readiness; you’re building on interoperability,” Alvira added. “It’s allowing us to build trust and confidence in the abilities of both nations. So anytime that you can interact with another nation in an exercise such as Salakinib or Balikatan, it allows us to get better as a joint force.”

Both sides become strengthened as a team in many ways. Everyone has shared a lot of new concepts and methods; and hope to expand their training and work together for many years.

By SPC Elizabeth Johnson

Freeze! International Working Dog Conference- For Military, LE & Rescue K9s

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

On 5th and 6th December 2019 in Warsaw (Poland) the first FREEZE! International Working Dog Conference will be held. If you work with K9s you probably know what “freeze” means. It’s the very moment when your dog is extremely focused just before letting you know that he found something. The moment of your satisfaction that you and your K9 partner did a good job.

The conference will be focusing on working/serive gods issues and is designed especially for military, law enforcement and rescue services. If you are a handler, trainer, breeder, vet or you a person responsible for managing and developing K9 capabilities in your institution this event might be interesting for you.

Among speakers invited to FREEZE! are top world-class experts in K9 industry: scientists and practitioners:

* Pat Nolan – with 30+ years of exprience in training K9s, including 10+ years working with FBI HRT, US Army Special Forces, German GSG9 and Polish GROM,

* Stephen Lee – US Army Research Office Chief Scientist who specializes in MWDs

* Paul Hammond – with 28+ experience, including 20 years in the field (Afganistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland), specializing in K9 EOD and counterterrorism; responsible for Vapor Wake technology development

* Alison Simon from US Naval Research Labolatory, specializing in forensic and odor chemistry (among others – – worked on FBI Forensic K9 Program) 

* Peterm M. Scheifele – Executive Director of FETCHLAB™ USA, US Army Special Forces and DoD subject matter expert on MWDs audiology and K9 PTSI

* Ole Kristian Auten – with 33+ experience serving with MWDs, including 13 years as CO of Norwegian Joint School of Dog Training where he developed training and selection program for K9s in all Norwegian military units

* Jens Frank from Scandinavian Working Dog Institute, an experienced dog trainer specializing in non line of sight K9 directional and remote control, used for detection and recon,

* Paola A. Prada – chemist renowned for her research regarding K9s by Director of National Intelligence; has worked with number police/government agencies to help develop better instrumental and training techniques in various areas of odor detection

* Adee Schoon – member of Interpol European Working Group on the use of Dogs for Criminal Investigation, the FBI funded SWGDOG and the European Union working group on explosive detection dogs

* Tom Schoupi – former GIGN operator, MWD trainer and instructor, spezializing in EOD, laser-guided K9 explosive detection and reconnaissance/assault; lead designer of the K9visionsystem

* Miriam Go??bioewska – an experienced working dogs trainer and breeder; among other has worked with special forces’ MWDs.

The topics covered during FREEZE! will incude modern training methods, selection programs, technologies supporting service dogs work and training and broad area of odor detection issues.

Check all the details on www.freezeiwdc.com website.  

5th Annual International Police K-9 Conference & Vendor Show

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Choose from 48 K-9 training classes in Las Vegas, NV, March 5, 6, 7 – 2019.

Police K-9 Magazine is hosting their 5th Annual International Police K-9 Conference for Police & Military Working Dog Handlers next month. The Police K-9 Conference brings together world-class K-9 instructors, top-notch vendors, and over 800 attendees from all over the world over a three-day period. The conference features 48 K-9 courses, including seminars and interactive K-9 demonstrations. Topics include tracking, scent training, bitework, K-9 nutrition, narcotics detection, and integrated search strategies.

Courses include:
• Hard Surface Tracking Dogs with Tobias Gustavsson of Scandinavian Working Dog Institute
• High Risk K-9 Patrol Operations and K-9 SWAT Deployment – S.K.I.D.D.S./CATS with Brad Smith of Canine Tactical Operations
• Protecting our Profession with Lt. Scott Klappenback of Special Investigations Bureau’s Highway Interdiction Team
• K–9 Stress Inoculation Prior to Deployments with Rodney Spicer of Gold Coast K9
• Terms, Data, & Concepts that Every Explosives Detection Canine Handler Should Know with Kevin Good of Battelle
• And many more!
• For a comprehensive look at the schedule, visit the Police K-9 Conference Full Line-Up.

The vendor hall will house 62 top-notch vendors over a two-day period featuring the latest in K-9 technology and equipment, including apparel, communications and nutrition. See a list of 2019 Exhibitors here.

Our host hotel suites are available for only $67/night at the Tuscany Suites & Casinos. Book your room by Monday, Feb. 11 for the $67/night group rate. Hotel information here.

For more information on Police K-9 Cop Magazine, visit www.policek9magazine.com or call (270) 534-0500. Register today and receive 16 hours of continuing law enforcement K-9 education.

Registration Now Open for 9th Annual International K-9 Cop Conference & Vendor Show

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Over 40 K-9 classes to choose from in Nashville, TN, Sept. 10, 11, 12 – 2019.

K-9 Cop Magazine is pleased to announce that registration for the 9th Annual International K-9 Cop Conference for Police & Military Working Dog Handlers is now open. The conference will be held at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville, TN on September 10, 11, 12 – 2019. Conference attendees can register online here.

The K-9 Cop Conference brings together world-class K-9 instructors, top-notch vendors, and over 800 attendees from all over the world over a three-day period. The conference features more than 40 courses, including seminars and interactive K-9 demonstrations. Topics include tracking, scent training, bitework, K-9 nutrition, narcotics detection, and integrated search strategies.

Courses include:
• Dogs & Drones with Paul Coley of Scent Evidence K9
• K-9 Narcotics Detection with Ricky Farley of Alabama Canine
• Person-Borne Explosives Detection K-9s with Lane Kjellsen of K2 Solutions, Inc.
• Obedience to Odor with Ken Licklider of Vohne Liche Kennels
• Training the Remote Detection K-9 with Pat Nolan of Tactical Directional Canine Systems
• K-9 Selection, Imprinting, Search Patterns, Communications & Full Overview of Starting & Finishing a Detection K-9 by Paul Shaughnessy of Excel K-9
• And many more!

The vendor hall will house 45 top-notch vendors over a two-day period featuring the latest in K-9 technology and equipment, including apparel, communications and nutrition.

Our host hotel suites are available for $150/night at the Nashville Airport Marriott. Hotel information here.

For more information on K-9 Cop Magazine, visit www.k9copmagazine.com or call (270) 534-0500. Register today and receive 16 hours of continuing law enforcement K-9 education.

ORSS 19 – Two Cool New Products From Klymit

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Over the years, Klymit has really grown as a company and we always enjoy seeing what new products they’re going to introduce. This OR is no exception with the new Moon Dog Bed and Versa Luxe Blanket.

The Moon Dog Bed takes Klymit’s inflatable sleeping pad technology and applies it to man’s best friend. They’ve added a removable fleece top to keep puppy warm and comfy. In fact, throughout the day, many a K9 showgoer took a rest on one of these beds. The Moon Dog Bed is available in two sizes and rolls up for use on the go.

Rover doesn’t have to be the only one in the family wrapped in fleecy comfort. The new Versa Luxe Blanket is a generous 80″ x 58″ and combined a polyester ripstop shell with a fleece liner. In between those two outer layers is Klymaloft insulation, the same material used in their sleeping bags.

The design features a foot box, handwarmer pockets in each corner as well as corner snaps and a cinch cord on one end.

www.klymit.com

SHOT Show 19 – Rex Specs K9 Vision System

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The makers of the popular Rex Specs K9 goggles are introducing a new variant with integrated cameras.

Below you can see some detail. There is a wide angle dog vision camera under the lens. Additionally, there are lights, microphone. and a rear camera embedded in the frame, above the lens.

In addition to onboard recording, video and audio feeds can be transmitted up to 300m.

Like Rex Specs, the K9 Vision System features a padded harness for comfort during long-term wear.

www.rexspecs.com

Whiskey 5 – Service Dogs For Those Who Served

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

WHO:

SERVICE DOGS FOR THOSE WHO SERVED

A 501c3 NONPROFIT

Hero Labradors is a Disabled-Veteran owned 501c3 organization founded by Major Charles (Chuck) W. Ziegenfuss, US Army, retired.

We are producing QUALITY, genetically sound, AKC registered Labradors with AKC Champion bloodlines. We select, raise, and breed our girls (and one boy) to produce very high quality pups. We select service dog training programs worthy of our dogs–and we give these dogs to them, free of charge, with only their guarantee that they train them and donate them to either a disabled veteran, wounded warrior, or first responder (or their family members) who need them. It costs training programs NOTHING to receive one of our pups. Hero Labradors has zero paid employees; we are all volunteers. Hero Labradors provides for the breeding, selection, healthcare, and transportation of these dogs to their training programs, requiring NOTHING from the trainers nor recipients.

Service Dogs for those who’ve served.

WHAT:

Hero Labradors’ mission is to breed and select Labrador Retrievers of the highest quality, possessing the aptitude for service dog training, and to provide these dogs at no cost to service dog training programs. We work with selected programs who, in turn, agree to train and provide these dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans, their families, the Military Community and First Responders.

WHAT:

Hero Labradors’ mission is to breed and select Labrador Retrievers of the highest quality, possessing the aptitude for service dog training, and to provide these dogs at no cost to service dog training programs. We work with selected programs who, in turn, agree to train and provide these dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans, their families, the Military Community and First Responders.

WHEN:

Hero Labradors was created in December, 2016 after years of Major Ziegenfuss’ experiences with his own service dogs.

WHERE:

Hero labradors is located in Decatur, TX and can be contacted on the following platforms:

www.herolabradors.org

facebook.com/herolabradors

WHY:

On June 21st, 2005 Chuck Ziegenfuss was wounded by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol in Baqubah, Iraq. He lost part of his left hand, full use of both hands, his eardrums, and large patches of skin on his legs and arms. Like many, he spent many months in the hospital trying to get well enough to return to duty, which he eventually did. In 2006 his wife bought him a Labrador, named Major after his recent promotion. Major found his own ways of taking care of Chuck, sensing his needs and became, most accidentally, his first service dog. Ziegenfuss went on to serve an additional 10 years, retiring in January 2015. Major was followed by Halia and eventually the rest of our canine family. This was the genesis for Hero Labradors.