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Invitation: AKC DDTF Webinar Series: “So Your Dog Isn’t Cut Out for Explosives Detection? Here Are Other Opportunities.”
February 10, 2021 by AKC Government Relations


“What happens if I raise my pup to be an explosives detection prospect, and he’s not cut out for the work?”

 The AKC Detection Dog Task Force invites you to join the latest webinar in the DDTF series for a unique learning experience concerning other opportunities for confident puppies not selected for explosives detection. 

“So Your Dog Isn’t Cut Out for Explosives Detection Work? Here Are Other Opportunities.” 

The online event will take place Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30pm ET.

Meet our Panelists:
  • Susan Stejskal, LVT, PhD. In addition to being an AKC dog enthusiast and event participant, Susan has been a human remains detector dog and forensic evidence dog handler for the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department (Michigan) for almost 20 years, where she served as Lead of the Forensic Support Unit and recently transitioned to Canine Unit Trainer.  Stejskal combined her years of professional and educational experience to develop and deliver forensic science training for law enforcement personnel, including detectives, crime scene personnel and canine handlers.  She has written several book chapters, case reports, and two textbooks.  Her partners K9 Maple and K9 Woody are deputized and serve with the department's Crime Scene Unit and Dive Team and the county's Major Crime Task Force. 
  • Paul Mundell, Executive Director, American Service Dog Access Coalition (ASDAC). Paul retired as CEO at Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), one of the largest and most successful U.S. organizations that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for the disabled. He has trained assistance dogs for more than three decades and is one of the world's most highly regarded experts on service dogs and practitioners of applied genetics and breeding. Prior to being named CEO, he was CCI's National Director of Canine Programs, where he identified and validated techniques to improve CCI's ability to select, breed and train service dogs. Paul has also served as President of Assistance Dogs International and as President of the International Working Dog Breeding Association. Additionally, Paul has served as a consultant for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), assisting in a project to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices in a tactical environment.

Registration is required. At registration, participants will have the chance to submit up to three questions for discussion during the session.

Please click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1854907313716421392

For information on the AKC Detection Dog Task Force:  http://www.akc.org/edc.

For more information, contact Melissa Ferrell at Melissa.ferrell@akc.org  or 919-816-3577. 

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