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Pupdate: Training the Handlers

The pups have finished their imprint training and have officially been paired with their human partners!

The CIA handlers in this class are all “retreads” – handlers that have had a previous K9 partner. In fact, the handlers’ current K9 partners are retiring on the same day their new K9 partners graduate! As usual, the handlers and their families are adopting the veteran dogs, who will live out the rest of their lives being pampered and spoiled by their human families.

The first few weeks of lessons for the new K9-handler teams are spent in the classroom. As the pups continue to refine their skills, the handlers take advanced classes on subjects like firearms and explosives, as well as emergency veterinary care for dogs. The classes are taught by experts in their respective fields, and provide hands-on experience for the handlers.


Boston, a senior yellow lab belonging to a guest lecturer, keeps a close eye on the handlers as they practice CPR on K9 mannequins. This is just one of the many things the handlers learn during their emergency K9 crisis care classes.

What’s next for the new K9-handler teams? As the pups continue with their advanced training, they’ll apply everything they’ve learned so far in simulated exercises.

If you miss any of the articles in this series, visit “Follow CIA’s New Puppy Class!” main page, where we are chronicling the puppies’ progresses throughout their training.


Posted: Nov 02, 2017 11:39 AM
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017 05:08 PM