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Cadaver Dog Training

Cadaver Dog Training

Upcoming Workshops:

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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).

Fundamentals for the HRD K9 and HRD K9 Handler…........$449
May 17-19, 2019
This course is currently full and is now closed.

Email Bobby Hensley for observer info or wait list.

In the last several WCU Human Remains Recovery K9 courses, we have offered lower capped enrollment and specialized courses: “HRD Scenario Case Work,” “Large Source Imprinting,” “Clandestine Grave Identification,” and “HRD K9 Water Recovery of Missing Persons.” While in each of these specialized courses fundamentals have been incorporated, this course will return to the essentials of human remains detection and recovery.  The instruction at the Forensic Osteology Research Station (our human remains research facility) will be geared to large source human remains imprinting of the K9 and reinforcing the final response and appropriate rewards.  In addition, a primary focus will be on assisting the handler in the many aspects of missing person’s recovery.  Each day will be filled with “hands on” training and field work for the K9 and partner.  In addition, each day will include classroom instruction on the fundamentals of Osteology, the fundamentals of deployments, GPS and SAR mapping, and search professionalism and related legal implications.  This course will be very beneficial to the beginning HRD K9 team, as well as serve as excellent fundamental reinforcement for the more senior teams.

Please click on the Instructors link on the side to see bios of some of our instructors (as updates are posted) including: Dr. Katie Zejdlik, Edwin Grant, Dr. Lisa Briggs, Dwight Parker, Clay Bryon, and Ken Mathias, assisting instructors will be Alex Briggs, and Allyson Haggarty.

IMPORTANT:  All handlers must insure that k-9 immunization records are up to date and should bring copies of these documents with them.



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 Roadway Inn and Suites (less than 5 minutes from campus). For reservations, please call 828-293-5442. ROOMS FILL QUICKLY DURING PEAK SEASON so please make your accommodation arrangements as soon as possible.

Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages is delighted to offer four (subject to availability) fully modernized Cottages to participants in the WCU Cadaver Dog training programs.  All Cottages are Fido friendly with no Fido fee, and offer TV, free wifi, fans and air conditioning, cell service, easy access to the highway, a scenic 12 mile ride to campus, covered porches with spectacular views, three have jacuzzis and saunas, and use of our Farmhouse commons and 36 acres, creeks, and trails to run the dogs.  There are absolutely no additional fees or charges, and participants in the Cadaver Dog programs will get a 10% discount off of prevailing rates.  Handlers and K-9 teams may share a cottage up to the number of adults permitted.

MEALS: Registration includes lunches

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