Cadaver Dog Training

Cadaver Dog

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).

Human Remains Recovery K9 Scenario Course
August 10-12, 2018
9am to 5pm August 10 -11 & 9am to 1pm on Aug. 12

$395 per handler w/ 1 dog
Register Online (Limit 1 dog per registered handler)

This course is open to law enforcement, emergency management first responders, state disaster relief teams, and other search and rescue K9 handlers directly assisting in the recovery of human remains and forensic evidence. 

This course builds on previous Clandestine Grave and Fundamentals courses by advancing HRD K9 recovery skills through the use of crime and missing person’s scenarios. 

It is expected that the K9 and handler have experience in odor detection of human remains, and a solid final indication.  It is preferred that the handler bring tracking capabilities such as the Garmin Astro Collar, Avenza or some other mechanism to track the canine and handler while on deployment on each case.  At the conclusion, of deployments handlers will be asked to provide IC with a search map.  Class time will be provided to advance these skills.  While the focus of the course will be on actual case work, training will also occur at the Forensic Osteology Research Station at Western Carolina University where large odor training of human remains will be provided.

Lead Instructors: Edwin Grant and Lisa Briggs (see bios).

Possible Associate Instructors include: Bobby Blackwell, owner and trainer for Objective First Tactical K9 and U.S. Forest Service Agent; Ken Mathias, Director of K9 Division of the State Bureau of Investigation, Darrell Brown Head Trainer Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Head Trainer for the United States Special Forces K9 Division: Mark Fox, and Clay Bryson K9 Handler and Trainer for Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

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 PEAK 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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