All members of Special K-9s are volunteers. Each dog team deployed into the field consists of a canine, a handler, and field specialists (aka flankers).
Responsibilities of a Field Specialist
  • Navigation (GPS, Compass, Maps)
  • Radio Communication
  • Situational Awareness
  • Basic First Aid (Human and Canine)
  • CPR
  • Documenting Search Activity
  • Maintaining Physical Fitness
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • HazMat Awareness
If you are interested in joining us and training to fill one of these roles, please visit our Contact Us page and set up a time to attend one of our training sessions.
K-9 handlers need the same set of skills as a field specialist in addition to a working knowledge of how to read, train, and work a dog. We recommend all handlers start as field specialists as there is no better way to learn than working with experienced handlers out in the field.
This page was last updated on: August 23, 2017