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H.I.T.S. 2014 Police K9 Conference – Phoenix AZ

Highland Canine Training, LLC attended the 2014 H.I.T.S Police K9 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on May 27-30, 2014. The annual H.I.T.S Police K9 Conference is a premier educational conference and trade show where handlers, trainers and supervisors have the opportunity to see all of the most recent products and K9 training offerings available on the market.

police k9 conference seminarAgain this year, we offered our training seminar on Identifying and Resolving Behavioral Problems in Working Dogs. This seminar is always a hit at the conferences that we attend and regularly draws a crowd.  During the seminar, we discuss common behavioral problems in working dogs as well as the differences between training problems and behavioral problems.  Also covered are common methods of properly identifying these problems and successfully rehabilitating them.

We had the opportunity to speak with a lot of handlers from departments across the country about a variety of things, including training that they were interested in.  We spoke to a number of departments that were interested in taking advantage of our seminar offerings.  Our Police K9 Seminars are unique and cover a variety of subjects, from advanced detection, to E-collar applications and Tactical Obedience.  We offer seminars worldwide and travel to the hosting department.  And the best part is that hosting departments get to send their personnel to attend the seminar at no cost!

During the conference, we offered handlers the opportunity to sign up for our email newsletter for a chance to win an equipment bundle that included, a BETA Biothane patrol leash, a nylon harness, long line, an agitation collar with handle and two tugs.  Equipment Giveaway. We want to thank everyone that participated in our giveaway and are pleased to announce that the winner of our equipment giveaway was Shawn Bledsoe, a handler of the Yuma, Arizona Police Department.  Congratulations, Shawn!

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David Adebimpe of Scentlogix (left) and Jason Purgason of Highland Canine Training, LLC (right)

Again this year we participated in the annual raffle for handlers attending the HITS Police K9 Conference.  During the raffle on Thursday night, we gave away a 12-week Police K9 Instructor / Trainer Course.  This years winner of our Police K9 Instructor Course giveaway was John Fisk of the Prescott, Arizona Police Department.  Congratulations, John!  We looking forward to working with you soon.

The conference was a fantastic program again this year. We had a great time at the event and had the opportunity to meet a ton of great handlers from all over the country. It was also great to see some old friends as well, including the team at American Aluminum Accessories, Scentlogix, and Dogtra.

Highland Canine Training offers a variety of programs and services for police k9 teams. We offer police dog sales and training, including seminars, handler training as well as Police K9 Instructor Courses for those wanting to learn more and hone their skills with the Police K9. For more information about our programs and courses, feel free to contact us at or by calling 704.498.7907