K9 Detection Summit 5-Day (Pat Nolan, Cameron Ford, Simon Prins)

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Date(s) - November 7, 2022 - November 11, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Joint Forces K9 Group

This will be a 5 day Detection Workshop with 3 of the absolute best in the industry.  Dates, Pricing, Outline, and tickets can be found below.  We will be limiting working spots to 12 for each Instructor and will have a total of 25 audit spots.  The first 2 days will be classroom and the next 3 days will be working with multiple stations with each trainer.

Dates 11/7/22 thru 11/11/22 0900-1700hrs


Working Spot (Only 12 per Trainer)

Audit Spot


Lodging is at the Holiday Inn Express in Siloam Springs
You must book 3 weeks in advance of the Workshop to receive the $96.00/night and waived pet fee



Pat Nolan 

Learning Outcomes

  • Handlers will learn to apply classical and operant conditioning skills to improve operational performance of multipurpose canines
  • Handlers will learn to use verbal “markers” to improve communication, speed learning, and reduce canine stress in training 
  • Handlers will learn how to condition canines to respond appropriately to e-collar pressures on basic obedience commands
  • Handlers will learn to teach basic remote directional skills to multipurpose canines

Course Content

  • Learning Theory and application to training multipurpose canines
    • Classical conditioning
    • Operant conditioning
    • Cognitive view of canine learning
  • Communication through Conditioned “Markers” and their application to training multipurpose canines 
    • Reward marker
    • No reward marker
    • Continue on marker
  • Modern Electronic Collar training for training multipurpose canines 
    • Introduction and conditioning 
    • Pushing for desired behavior
    • Discouraging undesired behavior
  • Detection Training
    • Off leash imprinting
    • Defining target odor 
    • overcoming controls and distractions 
    • Free searching 
    • Avoiding “Clever Hans” effect 
    • Reducing false alerts 

Remote Directional Training

  • Basic drills
  • Reliability around distractions
  • Increasing distance

Instructional Method

  • Principles taught with a minimum of classroom instruction
  • Techniques are introduced and skills mastered through hands-on training with multiple canines




Cameron Ford

Developing Detection Skills
Search Development
Play Development
Clarity of Communication
Target Odor understanding and proofing
Handler Skills
Reading the dog
Search Strategies
Proofing the dog to the Handler
Simon Prins



Simon Prins is known for introducing operant conditioning to the Police K9 training world. For the last 25 years, he’s skillfully trained and purposed dogs for special operation missions and has mastered the art of using robotics and sensors with dogs to perform such tasks successfully. He’s titled and trained countless dogs and trainers from special units across the globe and firmly believes that science can significantly improve our work with animals. Simon Prins is a/n speaker, author, innovator, animal trainer, and behaviorist, and is currently working with the Netherlands Police Agency.

Simon’s interest in canine work peaked when he was on a hunting trip with dogs in 1989. He was impressed with their abilities and started looking into opportunities to work with dogs. Not soon after, he joined the police force and became one of the youngest patrol dog handlers.

In 1996, he was asked to set up a special K9 project incorporating the use of radio-guided camera dogs. In the years that followed, he implemented programs such as hard surface tracking, laser-guided attack dogs, various levels of detection, to name a few.

In 2002, Simon created Urban Search and Rescue Unit, selecting and training 16 dogs and handlers to work alongside him in search and rescue operations. In 2006, he started to incorporate the use of electronics with dogs, even more, outfitting them with sensors and training them to carry small robots into operations.

In the years since Simon has written countless training protocols and has developed a number of innovative training apparatuses. He believes that following protocols, collecting data, and educating trainers has been the key to his success, as well as replacing traditional punishment training methods with operant conditioning techniques. Simon travels around the world extensively, teaching working dog trainers how to do the same.