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K9s United held a training workshop in Denver to help canine law enforcement

Over 60 K9 teams travel to Denver for essential practice tactics

K9s United hosted K9 law enforcement teams from across the country for a four-day training session outside of Denver to ensure K9 units have the highest levels of personalized training and animal care needed to better protect and serve their communities. The private workshop was held May 23-26 at the American Legion Post 1985, located at 870 First Street in Firestone. Sixty-one K9 teams traveled from Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming to attend the elite training opportunity to bring back vital learning to hometown agencies and help them protect and to serve their local communities.

The in-depth workshop encompassed human detection, including tracking, tracking, area and building searches; criminal apprehension techniques and scenario-based training; detection of odors and narcotics/explosives; with basic and advanced obedience training. Additionally, this workshop helped K9 teams understand the importance of dog selection; and how it can impact the success of every team on the pitch.

“At K9s United, we are committed to helping K9s and their managers better protect each other when serving their communities,” said Debbie Johnson, Founder and President of K9s United. “Each day presents challenges that can quickly escalate into dangerous situations for K9s and their handlers. Our training program is personalized for each canine team and enables them to work together productively to elevate their service safely and keep their community safe.

The workshop also helped handlers prepare for certification designed to work on the skills and disciplines needed to achieve local, state and national K9 certifications. Participating instructors included a mix of current and former law enforcement K9 agents, as well as civilian trainers. While the training was full for K9 teams, handlers and their canine partners, there were audit spots open for K9 officers who wanted to attend without their canine partners. The free workshop was made possible through the generous support of corporate and individual donations, including 5.11 Tactical, a manufacturer of gear specifically designed for active duty. K9s United also held similar training sessions for K9 teams in California, Iowa and throughout Florida.

Many law enforcement agencies lack sufficient funding to provide their K9 units with the vital resources they need, including advanced training; equipment and kennels; vehicle heat alarms and door poppers; canine emergency kits and body armor and other larger healthcare expenses. With community and corporate support, K9s United helps fill that void and helps law enforcement ensure their K9 units have the programs and supplies dogs need most.

Additionally, K9s United is actively working to lobby for legislation that protects and serves these selfless, voiceless working dogs. K9s United successfully defended Florida legislation that creates tougher penalties for criminals who injure a K9 while on duty, and if a dog is injured in the line of duty, it can now be transported by emergency vehicle to the nearest emergency veterinarian in the area. K9s United is committed to supporting legislation at the local, state and federal levels to protect K9 teams across the country.

In addition to the K9 Workshop, every dollar raised by K9s United supports the nonprofit’s mission to educate, train, and provide vital equipment and services to K9s who serve in the field. The nonprofit organization also has a long-term plan to build a regional training center in North Florida to better train and help protect K9 worshipers serving communities across the United States. Those wishing to support K9s United can visit to donate online to help more law enforcement officers attend future workshops and expand opportunities for the non-profit organization. to organize additional training seminars throughout the country.

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