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Cadaver Dog Training

Collage of cadaver dog training sessions


The October 7th water recovery class is now full. We are no longer accepting registrations. 

NEXT CLASS: HRD Training Level 1 (Land Based) November 11-12, 2022. Please watch this page and your email for additional information coming soon. 

For area lodging options visit: Be sure to ask for a "WCU" rate if the hotels offers it.

Lead Instructors Include:

Edwin Grant  - Active K9 handler/trainer, Retired Game Warden, NCMEC TAC, SBI HRD Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Reunification Team, Necrosearch, Kenyon International member, etc.

Dr. Lisa Briggs  - Active K9 handler/trainer, Criminologist, Director Emergency and Disaster Management Program, Director WCU HRD K9 Program, NCMEC TAC, SBI HRD Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Reunification Team, etc.

NOTE: All participants will be required to follow federal, state and university COVID practices that exist at the time of the training. Currently, facemasks are no longer required inside all university buildings.

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).

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