2015 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

FR09 - Canine Assessment & Response Training for Police

Oct 16, 2015 1:30pm ‐ Oct 16, 2015 4:45pm

Standard: $20.00


In light of recent articles, editorials, and negative publicity around the country related to police officers shooting dogs, the Richmond SPCA approached the Richmond Police Department in the spring of 2014 with the idea of providing education that might minimize officer injury and dog injury/death. A great partnership developed and we are now offering regular classes for current police officers and all incoming recruits. Attendees are given four hours of education at our Richmond SPCA facility, with the first two hours focused on reading canine body language and additional material on how best to avoid unnecessary confrontation and diffuse a dangerous situation. After the presentation, the officers are given lots of opportunity to practice what they've learned, using still photographs, videos, live dogs in the room, and visits into our kennels. Interested in starting a similar program in your community? Then this is the presentation for you. Part I - Description of the program, including objectives, curriculum, implementation, materials, challenges/solutions, and follow up. Part II - Review of the actual curriculum, including plenty of the photographs, videos, and other materials used to educate police officers on canine body language.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have an increased awareness of dog-related challenges faced by police officers and police departments.
  • Have an understanding of Richmond SPCA's CART (Canine Assessment & Response Training) program for police, which is designed to maximize safety of both dogs and humans.
  • Understand objectives and specifics of Richmond SPCA's CART (Canine Assessment & Response Training) program for police and have resources/materials to carry back so that they might implement something similar in their community.


  • Sarah Babcock, CTC, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, Chief of Education & Training, Richmond SPCA

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