Details for Seminar


Washington State Police Canine Association


2015 Spring Seminar

Hosted by the

Asotin and Garfield Co. SO,

in conjunction with,

Lewiston, ID Police Department &

Idaho Police Canine Association


May 4th to May 7th, 2015

 (Check-in begins at 1500 on May 3rd, 2015)


Training:  The 2015 Spring Seminar with be a dual state event.  The Idaho Police Canine Association will be co-hosting this training opportunity with our association.  This will primarily be a working seminar for patrol, narcotics, and explosive teams, with a half day classroom instruction. We will be traveling to various sites around the Clarkston and Lewiston Valley. We will mostly be outdoors so be prepared for the weather. Be sure to have your standard training equipment with you.


Drug dog teams: This will be a four day working seminar for all drug dog teams.  There will be a plethora of diverse training sites and problems.  The trainings will be realistic narcotics based scenarios, including a variety of vehicles (cars, trucks, semis, int/ext), buildings searches, and outdoor searches.  There will also be an area set up with a scent wall and boxes for auxiliary training.  Because the Idaho Police Canine Association is primarily narcotic based, this is a great opportunity for the Washington teams to work with trainers and handlers from both states and expose you and your partner to a diverse assortment of knowledge and experience.


Explosive dog teams: Explosive dog teams will receive training in a variety of areas including exterior and interior security sweeps, and vehicle searches.  Focus will be on realistic scenario based training for real world deployments.


A ballistic evidence class with scenarios will be presented by JP Melton, Spokane County SO.  ‎JP Melton has been an explosive dog handler for 12 years under contract with the ATF and has worked 2 dogs throughout his K9 tenure. He has worked numerous cases involving ballistic evidence searches with his K9s.


Patrol dog teams: Handlers will travel to various patrol sites for scenario based training.  These sites will involve tracking, building and area searches, vehicle pursuits with K9 deployments, and apprehension work.  We are working on having a PIT scenario as well.  Some sites will be designed for dual purpose teams.  These sites will focus on the transition from one genre to another (i.e. tracking to a narcotics evidence find).


Handlers and K9s will have the opportunity to participate in a live fire shooting site.  This will be held at the Lewiston PD outdoor shooting range.  This site will provide handlers with experience in shooting with your partner or basic firearms exposure.  Handlers will be required to bring their own ammunition and the appropriate range safety equipment (vest, ears muffs, safety glasses).


ClassroomThe classroom portion of the seminar will be instructed by Armin Winkler.  Mr. Winkler is a nationally and internationally recognized canine trainer from Palmyra, Virginia.  Mr. Winkler has trained numerous working dogs for several municipal agencies, as well as, the military.  This four hour instruction will be applicable to all working canine units.  This course will primarily focus on the science of dog behavior.



Equipment: Detector and patrol handlers bring your regular duty/patrol gear.  Our sites will be primarily scenario based so please bring a mock pistol or red gun if you have one.  No live ammunition or firearms will be allowed in the scenario training sites with the exception of the live fire site.  **Bring ammo for your duty weapon.**


Trainers: We already have some trainers that have committed to this event, so we will only need 9 patrol dog trainers and 3 drug dog trainers. The bomb sites will be conducted by J.P. Melton.  In an effort to be cost effective, trainers interested in attending must contact Joe Snyder at or Drew Hyer at to confirm their spot in the seminar as a trainer. Otherwise you will have to attend as a working K9 team and pay the seminar fee.


Please be sure to have at least one bite suit from your agency.  Also, any mock pistols (red guns), starter pistols (blank guns), and sim or airsoft pistols.


Meetings: There will be a trainer/quarry meeting Sunday at 1800 at the hotel, and then an E-Board meeting following that.


Quarry: We only need 7 quarries for this seminar. Please contact Joe Snyder at or Drew Hyer at to confirm your spot as a quarry. Again, to be cost effective it is vital that you RSVP to be sure we have a spot for you. Experienced quarry are not required but we strongly encourage those who endeavor to be a handler and train dogs to attend.


The working quarries for all 4-days will be provided per diem from the WSPCA (if from out of town and a hotel stay is required). Quarries will need to room with handlers from the agency they are representing if applicable. If unable to room with a handler the WSPCA will pair you up with another solo quarry.


Hotel: The hotel is cop and dog friendly. There will not be a damage deposit fee for those wishing to house their dog in the room. Advise the hotel you are registering for the K9 Seminar to get our discounted rate of $80 + tax. Deadline to register and receive that rate is 04/10/15.  As always, we are in the view of the public, PLEASE, pick up after your partner and keep barking to a minimum while at the hotel.




Sunday:        Registration will open at 1500 hrs. in the hotel lobby.

Hospitality room will be open from 1700 to 2100 hrs.

Trainers/E-Board/Quarry meeting at 1800 hrs.


Monday:       0800 General Membership Meeting.

Training from 0800 to 1700 hrs.


Tuesday:      Training from 0800 to 1700 hrs.


Wednesday:            Training from 0800 to 1200 hrs.

Classroom 1300 to 1700

Banquet and Raffle 1800-2100


Thursday:    Trials from 0800 to Finish

Travel Home


Host Contact Information:

Joe Snyder

Asotin County Sheriff’s Office

(208) 305-4421

Drew Hyer

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

(509) 780-1267

Chris Reese

Lewiston Police Department

(208) 791-1703



2015 combined Seminar


ipca seminar form

The Idaho Police Canine association is excited to announce a combined Seminar for 2015. Idaho and Washington K9 teams will be meeting together for what should be a busy and fun week. Seminar will have trainers and scenarios for Narcotics Detection, Patrol, and Explosives Detection.

Seminar will be held in the Lewiston/Clarkston area from May 4- May 7, 2015. Check in will be May 3rd at the Lewiston Red Lion Hotel with room rates at 80.00 per night for single, double, or triple occupancy. The deadline for check in is April 10th, 2015.

Please make your reservations by contacting the Lewiston Red Lion at 1-208-799-1000 and inform them that you are with the Idaho Police Canine Association.

As more information comes in I will post it to this site so please check in often.

Thank You,

IPCA President Jason Davis

Bark and Hold Verses Bite and Hold

by Terry Fleck

November 2001 update on the training philosophy of “bark and hold” versus “bite and hold”:

Prior to August of 2000, no United States canine association, national law enforcement association, state law enforcement or state canine standard took a stance on recommending a training philosophy of “bark and hold” over “bite and hold”. The three largest United States canine associations, United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and National Police Canine Association (NPCA) did not recommended either philosophy. No state Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) recommended one philosophy over the other.

In August 2000, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) published their “Law Enforcement Canine Model Policy”. This was the first time in the history of police canine where a law enforcement association recommended a training philosophy of “bark and hold”. Their model policy stated “Training and deployment of police canines shall employ the “guard and bark” rather than the “guard and hold” method”. IACP has re-issued this model policy in September 2001. IACP still remains the only law enforcement association that has recommended a training philosophy.

The United States Federal Court of Appeals has addressed the “bite and hold” philosophy of training. As of 1998, the latest court that addressed this issue held that the “bite and hold” philosophy of training is constitutional. One court established in 1989 that in the “bite and hold” method of training, the handler must have complete control over the actions of his dog. With such control the handler can recall and restrain the dog before a bite occurs. Alternately, the handler can quickly remove the dog from an apprehended suspect (handler control).

In October 2001, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, reviewed the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department (CPD). During that process, they also reviewed Cincinnati’s Canine Unit. Their written recommendations to CPD are as follows:

“The CPD should adopt a “find and bark” policy and eliminate undefined terms from its canine policy. It should also provide more guidance to its officers regarding when canines are to be deployed. Moreover, we recommend that CPD track and monitor the frequency with which its canines bite civilians when making apprehensions.”The CPD canine policy should require verbal warnings before releasing a canine.

In general, canine deployment for purposes of apprehending a person should be limited to searches for serious felons or to cases where a subject is armed or has potential to use force or cause harm to the officer, the subject or others.

CPD should document deployments and apprehensions to determine a bite ratio. Bite ratios enable a police department to assess its canine unit and individual canine teams.

CPD should provide standardized training in canine handling procedures to all supervisors deploying canines.

The United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) expressed several concerns with the IACP model policy in a meeting with IACP in August 2001. The IACP choose to ignore those concerns.


Terry Fleck

Author, Canine Legal Update and Opinions