American Patriot K9 Training

Matthew T. Zarrella (401) 226-1631

2020 Class Schedules are announced here and are updated periodically.

 

2020 SAR Class Schedules & Locations:

7 DAY (63) HOUR BASIC LAND CADAVER SEARCH CLASS. 

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training

Instructors:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Date:  April 26 to May 2, 2020

Location:   Hamilton Township Police Department, 7780 South State Route 48, Maineville, OH 45039 

  The purpose of this course is to train you and your canine partner in the theories and practical aspects of the search for human remains.  Initial concentration will be on the mechanics of refining scent recognition and commitment.  There are a number of practical field exercises which will allow you to apply the classroom instruction to actual field operations.

This class is very intense and is designed for the cadaver search canine team who has already achieved a certification or had some training in other scent disciplines, ie: air scent, trailing, disaster work, etc.  This class is designed to introduce and develop the dogs’ abilities to locate the odor of human remains, parts or fluids that may be either above surface or buried underground.  The class will consist of approximately 8 hours of classroom and 55 hours of fieldwork.  

  Specialty cadaver search dogs also known as human remains detection dogs or (HRD dogs) have become a recognized resource for law enforcement agencies nationwide.  The capabilities of the well trained team can effectively conduct a search using a minimum of support resources, thus saving time, money and manpower.  In many cases, dogs are more effective than technical or mechanical equipment such as ground penetrating radar, infrared sensors or heavy excavation machines.  

  You will also gain a new appreciation for the talents and capabilities of your canine partner.  Since the major emphasis is on teaching the handler to properly read the dog, the training will enhance your performance in all aspects of search and rescue work.  This class will essentially give you and your canine partner a "jump start" in your training toward becoming a certified cadaver dog search team.

Class includes discussion on the following topics:

·       Class goals and objectives

·       Equipment 

·       Safety

·       Scent theory

·       Canine alert behavior - types 

·       Record keeping for search reports and training logs

·       Handling Training Aids

·       Conducting a Legal Search

·       Working Crime Scenes

·       Testifying in Court

·       Search Strategy

·       Field Training

·       Use of the Soil Probe

·       Reading the Dog

The above curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  Students should be prepared to work in various weather conditions.

Evaluations will be offered on the last day of the class and the instructor(s) reserve the right to recommend which canine teams are ready to take the test.  This class is not intended to prepare an inexperienced dog for certification or guarantee that any canine team who completes the class will pass a “mission ready” test.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to every student who completes the class.  It is also recommended that each student have the Cadaver Dog Handbook for class.  For more information pleae contact myself or Darcy Workman at 513-292-4523.

  1. Class size is limited to 10 students
  2. Class tuition:  $850.00 per canine team 
  3. One canine per handler
  4. Pet friendly lodging recommendations for students:  (To be announced)
  5. A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by February 21, 2020. 
  6. (This class is open enrollment and seats available now but they go fast so register soon!)

This class is full but we have created a waiting list so if you are interested in getting on the list please contact me at mzarrella@ampkt.com for more Willy Gonzalas at soldarith@gmail.com fo information.

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Three (3) Day VSAR Team Wilderness/Cadaver Search Seminar:

Hosted by Vermont Search and Rescue K-9

Instructor: Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Date: May 15-17, 2020

Location:  Robinson Cemetery Road, Calais Vermont

Contact:  Alice Whitelock 

Class is full 

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Three (3) Day Water Search Seminar:

Hosted by South West Ohio Search and Rescue

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten

Dates:  May 29-31, 2020

Location:  Dayton Ohio area but more specifics are forthcoming soon

Contact:  Barbara Malicki at e mail: information@swosar.org 

6 seats still available

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Five (5) Day Cadaver Search Training and Certification Event:

Hosted by PAWSAR

Instructor: Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten

Dates:  June 10-14, 2020

Location:  West Chester, PA

Contact:  Marnie Powell at marniep222@comcast.net

This class is full but we have created a waiting list so if you are interested in getting on the list please contact PAWSAR team memebr Willy Gonzalas at soldarith@gmail.com for more information.

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Two (2) Day CCSAR Team Water Search Training

Hosted by Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Dates:  June 20-21, 2020

Location: Rainbow Dam, Windsor Locks Connecticut 

This is a (CCSAR team workshop only) and is not open enrollment

Class full

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Three (3) Day CCSAR Invitational Water Search Seminar

Hosted by Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue 

Instructor:  Master Trainer Matthew T. Zarrella

Dates:  July 10-12, 2020

Location: Rainbow Dam, Windsor Locks Connecticut 

Contact:  Liz Burne at e-mail: bibisb@hotmail.com

Class full

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Five (5) Day 45 Hour Water Search Class:

Hosted by:  American Patriot K-9 Training and Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Trainer Dan O'Neil

Date:  August 19-23, 2020

Location:  Lake Erie, Buffalo NY but a more exact location will be posted soon.  

The purpose of this course is to train you and your canine partner in the skill of searching for a submerged body while working along the waters edge on shore as well as in a water craft.  The class will focus on refining your dogs ability to detect the presence of scent from a deceased human body eminating out of the water.  This course will also cover the theories and practical aspects involved in a water search and will review actual cases involving K-9 teams who have located submerged bodies while working from a water craft.  The canine team will also experience training number of practical field exercises which will allow you to apply the classroom instruction to actual field operations.

Class includes: 

  1. 8 hours of classroom and 37 hours of fieldwork etect the How to conduct a search along the shore line
  2. How to conduct a search on a water craft 
  3. How to search different bodies of water 
  4. use of training material  
  5. Scent theory pertaining to water search
  6. training principles used in shaping dogs for water search
  7. water search training techniques

It is recommended that the canine team have some prior training in locating human remains on land before taking this class.  Classes will run from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily.  

It is also recommended that each student come prepared for class with a copy of the Cadaver Dog Handbook. 

Evaluations will be offered on the last day of the class and the instructor(s) reserve the right to recommend which canine team(s) are ready to test. 

Certificates of attendance will be issued to every canine team who completes the (45) hour class. 

  • A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by June 18, 2020. 
  • Class tuition:  $700.00 per canine team 
  • One canine per handler
  • Lodging recommendations for students: Hampton Inn Camp Road Hamburg NY 716-649-3769, Red Roof Inn Camp Road Hamburg NY 716-648-7222,
    Super 8 Camp Road Hamburg NY 716-276-0917, Country Inn Suites 164B Slade Ave West Seneca NY, 1-844-340-8932, Stay Bridge Suites 164 Slade Ave West Seneca NY, 1-855-479-0732, LaQuinta Inn/Suites 2500 Hamburg Turnpike Lackawanna, NY 14218 1-855-260-9235
    (This class is open enrollment)
  • Classroom location where we will be meeting on day 1: Coast Guard Academy 1 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo NY, 14203 1-716-856-8134

For more information or to register for a spot in the class please contact me at 401-226-1631 mzarrella@ampkt.com or Linda Sherry at 716-597-8931or

e-mail just_rudny@hotmail.com

The above curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  Students should be prepared to work in various weather conditions.

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

Class is full but I am compiling a waiting list at this time. 

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Five day (45) Hour Canine Advanced Cadaver Search Class hosted by American Patriot K-9 Training LLC and The Ohio Federation of Canine Search Teams.

Dates:  September 21-25, 2020 

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten and Trainer Dan O'neil

This advanced cadaver search course is designed for the K-9 teams that have completed a basic cadaver search course.  The team is required to meet certain prerequisits before attending this class ie;  the team must be able to successfully conduct a basic search with their dog giving a trained indication when he/she locates the target material.  The class combines classroom instruction with practical field problems and prepares the K-9 team to plan an execute an effective search for human remains and /or blood evidence under a variety of realistic conditions.  

Field work includes:

·       vehicles

·       buildings

·       disarticulated remains   

·       clandestine graves

·       fire scenes

·       buried sources

·       crime scene search scenarios

Venues include:

·       5-story fire tower

·      Boeing 727

·      Mock City 

·      rubble pile

·      water training pond

·      rail cars – exterior only

·      junk yard

·      pauper cemetery

·      use of a soil probe 

Topics covered include:

K-9 indications:  Passive vs. active

Training techniques:  To insure the K-9 properly indicates on the target odor and ignores distractions.

Search tactics:  Trains the handler to analyze the proposed search and develop a search plan to effectively conduct a search.

Handler ethics:  Discuss ethics involved in the handlers relationship with user agencies.

Technical Resources:  Discussion of resources available to assist in the search for human remains, their use and reliability.

Crime Scene Search Techniques:  Discuss and demonstrate the proper technique used to search a scene for both large and minute evidence.  

Special Search Situations:  Class discussion on the use of the K-9 team to search for disarticulated remains including defining the search area and behavior patterns of scavengers.  Discuss and demonstrate the proper techniques used to conduct a scent evidence line up and/or vehicle search including detecting residual odor on potential evidence.

Court Preperation:  Discuss the proper documentation needed to present K-9 testimony.  Prepare the handler to testify regarding a human remains search.

The above curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the class.  Students should be prepared to work in various weather conditions.  

Evaluations will be offered on the last day of the class and the instructors reserves the right to recommend which canine teams are ready to test. 

Certificates of attendance will be issued to every canine team who completes the class and it is recommended that each student come prepared with a copy of the Cadaver Dog Handbook for class.

  • A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to register for the class and must be received by July 6, 2020.
  • Class size is limited 
  • Class tuition:  $700.00 per canine team 
  • One canine per handler
  • Lodging recommendations for students:  LaQuinta Inn 1154 Professional Drive, Perrysberg, Ohio 419-872-0000.  Make sure you select option #5 under group name "Ohio Federation of K-9 search Teams.  Check in is on Sunday September 9, 2020 and check out is on Friday September 25, 2020.  Rates for rooms with a king size bed for the week are $403.00 and rooms with double beds are $428.95 for the week.  There are a total of 10 beds for king size and 10 beds for double size.
  • Class location: Owens Center for Disaster Preparedness, 30150 Tracy Road, Walbridge, Ohio 43465. 
  • (This class is open enrollment and seats available now but they go fast so register soon!)

Please make check payable to American Patriot K-9 Training LLC, 140 Mourning Dove Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  

For more information to register for a spot in the class or if you have any questions, please contact me at 401-226-1631 or Mr. Mark Chapman at 419-260-8380.

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Two (2) Day Joint Team Disaster Cadaver Search Training Event

Hosted by Connecticut Canine SAR & RI Canine SAR

 Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella & Scott Carlsten

Dates:  October 17-18, 2020 

Location: 

This is a (CCSAR & RICSAR team seminar only) and is not open enrollment

Class full

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Four (4) Day Multi Scent Discipline Seminar With Training and Certifications 

Hosted by:  Ohio Federation Canine Search and Rescue 

November  5-8, 2020

Location:  Camp Friedlander, 581 Ibold Road, Loveland Ohio 45140

Instructors:  Master Trainers Matthew T. Zarrella and Scott Carlsten

Contact person:  Gloria Napier at e-mail: ginapier@fuse.net

This seminar is specifically for those teams associated with the Ohio Federation of Canine Search Teams.

Class full

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If you wish to enroll in one of the posted classes even if the class is "listed as full or specifically for a particular search team," or if you need more information, please call or e-mail me for details.

Thank you, 

Matthew T. Zarrella

American Patriot K-9 Training

Cell phone:  401-226-1631

Email:  mzarrella@ampkt.com