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Certification Standards

BOMB DOG CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

Section 1:TYPE OF EXPLOSIVES TO BE USED FOR CERTIFICATION
All K-9s must find the SEVEN main explosive odors to certify. EXPLOSIVES TO BE USED ARE PETN, RDX, C-4 & TNT, BLACK AND SMOKLESS GUN POWDERS,  and AMMONIA NITRATE. Other explosives such as Potassium Chlorate are optional and up to the discrestion of the certifying agent and handler. Potassium Chlorate & Etc. The type of Explosives is to be determined prior to the test. There shall be only 1 stash of each Explosive type used. Amounts to be used in weights. 8 oz up to 3 lbs. YOU MAY USE REAL EXPLOSIVES OR SIMTEX ODORS FOR CERTIFICATION.

IF EXPLOSIVE SIMULANTS ARE USED THE CRITIQUEING AND CERTIFICATION PAPERS WORK MUST HAVE THEM RECORDED ON THE PAPERS!!

Section 2: ALERTS
The K-9 must alert without prompting from the handler and NO directing from the certifying agent in any way other than to explain the location to be searched. The alert must be a passive alert. HE WILL SIT OR DOWN FOR THE ALERT. The K-9 must alert within a reasonable distance from the stash. Three Feet or closer is suggested NO aggressive alerts are accepted, (biting or scratching or jumping) The k-9 must give a readable alert and called by the handler.

The K-9 must alert without prompting from the handler and NO directing from the certifying agent in any way other than to explain the location to be searched. The alert must be a passive alert. HE WILL SIT OR DOWN FOR THE ALERT. The K-9 must alert within a reasonable distance from the stash. Three Feet or closer is suggested NO aggressive alerts are accepted, (biting or scratching or jumping) The k-9 must give a readable alert and called by the handler.

No false alerts will be allowed, the team will be failed immediately shall ANY occur!!!

Section 3 - TIME LIMITS
There will be a time limit of five(5) minutes to find each explosive stash.  If needed, the K-9 will then be allowed a rest period of fifteen (15) minutes, and will begin another search period to locate additional explosive stashes. This scenario is left up to the discretion of the handler and certifying agent.