A WDDO Master Trainer’s certification is evidence that the trainer has demonstrated the ability to successfully train scent detection canine teams in a minimum of four disciplines recognized by WDDO and that each such teams have satisfactorily met and passed all applicable WDDO standards.The WDDO certification is valid for one year from the date of issuance and is non-transferable.
WDDO Minimum Certified Detector Dog Trainer Requirements shall include:
A minimum of two (2) years experience as a scent detection canine handler or trainer.
Current member in good standing in WDDO.
Train a green dog and green handler to pass the WDDO Certification Test.
Have no prior felony convictions.
Upon completing the requirements listed above, your application will be submitted to the Certifying Committee for review.
For Master Trainer Designation, successful training of at least 4 (four) detector dog team(s) in four separate odor classes using the approved guidelines as determined by a review team of at least two approved individuals from outside the trainer’s agency.
Separate guidelines should be developed and separate detection teams trained for each class of odors such as Accelerants, Cadavers, Currency, Explosives, Hidden persons, Narcotics, etc.
A minimum of five (5) years experience as a scent detection canine trainer.
Multiple specific odors, varying amounts of target odors, and varying conditions should be incorporated into the trainer’s course and testing protocols.
Training/judging with members of local, national or international detector dog organizations is recommended.
Occasional videotaping of training sessions is recommended for trainer/handler critiquing. Archiving of videotapes is not recommended.
These downloadable and printable PDF applications are to be filled out and mailed to:
WDDO Administrative Center
262 Kennel Drive
Vincent, AL 35178