South Florida K-9 specializes in detector dog training. A large number of our single-purpose detector dogs are from the sporting or hunting groups such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Spaniels, or mix thereof. These "softer" looking dogs tend to blend in and are used by narcotics officers who deploy the dogs in plain clothes without giving the impression that they are “police dogs”. Imported German Shepherd Dogs, GSD/Mal cross, and purebred Malinois are also available for this purpose. Many of our imports who are trained for detection work are also trained in tracking and evidence search.
Our narcotic detector dogs are pre-trained to the passive alert on marijuana, hash, cocaine, crack, ice (meth), tar heroin, brown powder heroin, mushrooms, extacy and molly. Upon request, we will delete marijuana and hash from the list of imprinted substances. After the dogs are pre-trained we spend two weeks teaching the new handlers how to work their dogs.
Our explosive detector dogs are imprinted on Military block TNT, granular TNT, C-3, C-4, HMX, detasheet, semtex, cast boosters, comp B, det cord (RDX and PETN), black powder, time fuse, safety fuse, fireworks, pyrodex, potassium chlorate, sodium chlorate, flash powder, smokeless powder (single and double base), ammonium nitrate, prills, ammonium based emulsions and water gel. Additional substances can be added. Handler training is three weeks. All explosive dogs are trained to the ORT (odor recognition test).
South Florida K-9 has vast experience training wildlife detector dogs for Game Warden K-9 programs. We have trained dogs to detect fish, venison, zebra mussels, spent shotgun shells and brass and guns. Sporting breeds are the most commonly used dogs for this type of mission