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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).

Human Remains Recovery:  K9 Water Recovery of Missing Persons

$475.00 pp / 1 dog per handler / Limit 12
October 11-13, 2019
Begins at 9am and ends on Sunday the 13th at 1pm.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Because of demand, we will offer another, limited enrollment, Human Remains Recovery K9 courses specializing in water recovery of missing persons.  K9s and handlers will be exposed, and imprinted on, the large source of human remains at our Forensic Osteology Research Station (our human remains research facility).  After imprinting on large source, and reinforcement of K9 final response, we will depart for local lakes and rivers for specialized training on water recovery of human remains.

This course will be very beneficial to the beginning HRD K9 teams, as well as reinforcement for higher skilled HRD K9s and their handlers. Enrollment will on a first come, first serve basis for the first 12 handlers to register.  Register usually fills in two to three days, so for those of you who specifically requested this course please register immediately.

Please click on the link below to see bios of some of our instructors including: Dr. Katie Zejdlik, Edwin Grant, Dr. Lisa Briggs, and Clay Bryson or Ken Mathias.

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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