Cadaver Dog Training

Cadaver Dog

Upcoming Workshops:

Clandestine Grave and Concealed Forensic Evidence: HRD K9 Training / March 9-11, 2018

Be sure to add your email to our contact list to receive information about upcoming workshops.

Our Cadaver Dog Training Workshops are held on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The workshops are offered in cooperation with the Forensic Osteology Research Station and the Emergency and Disaster Management Program at WCU.

These land-based workshops allow participants to work search areas including grassy fields, mountainous terrain, urban environments, buildings, and vehicles. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition in the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST).

Clandestine Grave and Concealed Forensic Evidence: HRD K9 Training
March 9-11, 2018  |  $400 per handler w/ 1 dog
Law Enforcement/EDM Observer option (without a dog) available

Register Online (handlers w/ Dog) - COURSE IS NOW FULL for all handler slots. Please email to be added to a waiting list. Additional courses are being planned for 2018.
Register Online* - Law Enforcement /Death Investigators ONLY (no dogs)
*These limited observer-only seats are strictly for law enforcement officers and cannot be used for partners, spouses or friends of handlers.

Many missing persons and homicide victims are often buried or otherwise located in concealing contrivances.  Additionally, criminal justice personnel have the need for assistance in “cold cases” when dealing with older human decomposition. This course will focus directly on the training of K9s and handlers in the search and recovery of clandestine graves and as well as other locations of concealing human forensic evidence.  Exposure to large source will also be provided. See Schedule

Requirements:  K9 should be at least 6 months old and have a final response at least in the developmental stages.

Lead Instructor: Dr. Lisa Briggs M.P.A.; M.S.; and Ph.D. (See Bio
Lead Instructor: Edwin Grant  (See Bio)


Pet-friendly accommodations are available at the Quality Inn in nearby Sylva. Their number is 828-586-3315. New Pet-friendly rooms are also now available at the University Inn Motel (less than 5 minutes from campus). For reservations, please call 828-293-5442. ROOMS FILL QUICKLY DURING PEEK SEASON so please make your accommodation arrangements as soon as possible.

COTTAGES: (Seasonal Availability) - Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages offers our thirteen historic one and two bedroom cottages, in a lovely village setting, to WCU for their Cadaver Dog training programs.  All cottages are Fido-friendly, have fully outfitted eat-in kitchens, king beds, linens/towels/housekeeping, fresh roast organic coffee, privileges at Franklin Health and Fitness, wood burning fireplaces, and large covered porches with swings and rockers. Visit or call for reservations: 828-586-4329.

MEALS: Registration includes lunches

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