During the week of April 23rd thru the 27th 2012 Deputy Joe Beaudin and K-9 Razor attended the Von Klein Stein Working Dogs training class, located in Sherwood Arkansas. The class is led by certifed instructor Chris Gardner.
VKSWD is located in central Arkansas approximately 8 miles northeast of Little Rock. The facility encompasses 35 acres of beautiful wooded and open fields that provides an ideal environment for training police K9 teams. The on-site training buildings, vehicles and new outdoor covered training arena, make it possible to conduct numerous training scenarios for K9 teams.
A classroom, break area and equipment supply room provides handlers with a unique and instructional training experience.
The kennel has nearby access to numerous locations for use in real-life training scenarios. Warehouses, car lots, office buildings, city parks and schools are available to get your k-9 ready for the streets. Their unique location provides unlimited opportunities to challenge and strengthen both K9 and Handler.
Criss Gardner is the owner and head trainer of Von Klein Stein Working Dogs which has been in service since 1988. He is currently serving as a Police K-9 handler/trainer and has done so for the past 14 years. During his service as a police officer he became a certified Law Enforcement Instructor for the state of Arkansas. Criss has been selected as a certifying judge for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA). He certifies K-9 Teams for NNDDA for police narcotic and patrol duties. Criss has also been selected as National Trainer via the NNDDA and as a Judge for the 2002 Police K-9 Olympics Muncie , IN.
Criss has competed in both Schutzhund and AKC competitions. Through his wide knowledge in dog training, he has trained and assisted hundreds of K-9 teams. To ensure quality K-9 teams, Criss is a custom importer of the highest quality European K-9 available to Law Enforcement today. Criss and VKSWD K-9's have won the 1993, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 Arkansas State Narcotic Dog competition (NNDDA) and won 2005 Patrol competition. He was also the 2007 and 2008 State Patrol Dog and Narcotic Dog Champion
In this week course they work to introduce a new handler to the world of K-9. Criss begins with a class lecture in which he covers basic K-9 handling techniques, how odor/scent works (how they detect scent and how this applies to all aspects of K-9 use), K-9 equipment, health issues, and Case Law. Then the classes move to the field where they put what was discussed in the classroom to practical use. The handlers learn how to move with their K-9 during obedience, how to work with their partner and what to watch for. The handlers will also learn about tracking, how to lay tracks, how to watch their K-9 and most importantly how to "read" their K-9's behavior. They teach area searches for both narcotic/explosives and people. The new handler is taught tactics for conducting building searches with a K-9. The team is then run through building searches beginning with basic through more advanced finds. They teach the handler how to conduct narcotics/explosives searches. They begin by basic searches where the handler just gets use to moving around with a K-9 attached to them, leash control. Once the handler is comfortable they start conducting searches in buildings, lockers, vehicles, etc.. They work the team through bite and control work. Teaching the new handler the importance that obedience plays in both of these aspects of K-9 work. At the end of the course we certify the team through American Working Dog standards on both patrol and detection work.