Detection Course

What is the purpose of the course?


Adlerhorst’s Narcotics Detection Course is based on real world applications designed to provide the training and support necessary for K9 teams to be successful both on the street and in the courts.  Our staff will constantly challenge the students and  detection dogs with varying amounts of narcotics. We will train for an active or passive alert dependent upon the needs of each agency.  We are licensed by DEA and guaranteed to meet and exceed any current standards, including but not limited to California P.O.S.T., SWGDOG, NPCA and CNCA. Adlerhorst uses actual narcotics and not pseudo scents. K9 teams will be able to locate residual odors to extremely large quantities of narcotics in all environments and conditions by the end of the course.

**We can also provide dogs and training to locate Explosives, Cadavers and Guns.  Please call us for detailed information**

Detection Course Flyer.


This course will provide the students with the proper search procedure to seek out and discover narcotics.  The students will become familiar with narcotic detection, the types of searches conducted by a narcotic detection dog, and the K9 team approach to narcotic detection.

Students who complete this course receive a certificate.  The dogs receive an internationally recognized title of APND 1 and are prepared to test for additional certification to meet SWGDOG, NPCA and CNCA standards.

Certified instructors who are current or retired law enforcement officers will provide practical instruction.

This is a community college course with college credits.  (CA residents only)


  • Safety
  • Detection terms & definitions
  • Search techniques
  • Concealment Techniques
  • Detection Dog drive manipulation
  • Scent properties & associations
  • Cone patterns of Detection Dog searches
  • Individual Detection Dog indicators, behavior & tendencies
  • K9 Indication, response & the reward
  • Proofing of undesirable odors (explosives), plastic etc
  • The olfactory abilities and capabilities of a detection dog
  • Principals of obedience & endurance conditioning
  • Maintenance training
  • Record keeping & training documentation
  • Emergency care & first aid for K9
  • Training Aid Storage, Maintenance, and Accountability
  • Narcotic search & seizure case law


Participants will be instructed and trained on the following subjects:

  • Applicable safety precautions
  • Detection dog detection terms & definitions
  • Proper search techniques
  • Detection dog drive manipulation
  • Scent properties & associations
  • Individual detection dog indicators, behavior & tendencies
  • Final response to locating narcotics & when to reward
  • Proofing of undesirable odors
  • Principals of obedience & endurance conditioning
  • Required Maintenance Training
  • Record keeping & training documentation
  • Canine health and emergency care
  • Training aid storage, maintenance and accountability
  • Applicable local, state and federal statues regarding canine search & seizure
  • Preparation for the written examination
  • Preparation for the final certification
  • Indicators that a vehicle may be used to accommodate contraband

The dog will be trained on the following:

  • Marijuana / THC / Derivatives
  • Heroin / Derivatives
  • Cocaine / Derivatives
  • Methamphetamine / Derivatives
  • Searching residences, buildings, rooms, stalls, animal habitats, storage rooms, vehicles, parcels including but not limited to boxes, bags, suitcases and also open areas where narcotics may be buried