Sgt. Doug Roller was the Chief Trainer for the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) K-9 Platoon, Metropolitan Division for 17 years, until he retired in March of 2013. He is a nationally recognized expert in K-9 tactics, perimeter containment and search techniques, with over 6,500 K-9 deployments. Sgt. Roller is a court qualified K-9 expert and has testified in numerous K-9 litigation cases. In 2010, Doug started his company Tactical K9 LLC. His company has conducted countless seminars throughout North and South America, as well as Asia. Doug is also a California POST Certified AICC Instructor.
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the E-collar for the Military Working Dog (MWD) and Police Service Dog (PSD). The E-collar was originally designed to enhance already learned behavior with working canines, providing a means of communicating with the canine in an off-leash capacity. Although E-collar training is aversive in nature, the instruction provided will take great measures to instill the positive methods of dog training, providing proper introduction of the E-collar to the canine’s already known commands. This was how the E-collar was originally designed to be utilized.
In the past, many police departments and military K-9 programs have misused the tool, leaving the untrained trainer/handler with a negative outlook on the device. The system used by Tactical K9 is one that was developed by the Los Angeles Police K-9 Platoon. The LAPD has utilized the E-collar for longer than any other police agency in the country. Over the years, coinciding with the E-collar’s development, methods have been fine tuned to provide the best industry methods for the E-collar’s introduction as well as advanced tactical canine training for law enforcement and military communities. This class will also cover problem solving issues that most frequently arise with police and military service dog teams. Topics will include: outing issues, search and ranging problems, handler canine conflicts, balancing the E-collar with conventional training methods, developing a solid shooting platform while working your canine and other common problems.