Vohne Liche Kennels

(Explosive and Narcotic Detection Dog Specialist)

Capabilities - Cadaver Standards

The following standards will be met to acquire the Vohne Liche Kennels certification. The following guidelines are recommended, approved and set forth by SWGDOG.


The canine trainer shall be competent in human remains detection and utilize a structured curriculum with specific training and learning objectives.

The training course shall include training on the complete spectrum of human remains at varying stages of decomposition. All training aids shall be treated as biohazardous material. The procurement, use, handling, storage and disposal of training aids shall be in compliance with applicable local, state and federal requirements. Examples of training aids include the following:

- Human blood (fresh and old).
- Human decomposition material (tissue, adipocere, wet and dry bone, body

fluids). The quantity and type of substances used shall be dependent on the region, mission and operational deployment needs of the canine team.

Training shall include exposing the canine to a variety of different types of searches, locations and environments.

The training shall include varying quantities of target odors, containers and varying lengths of placement time.

The canine shall be trained to perform an effective independent search on or offlead without excessive handler guidance.

The initial training should continue until the HRD canine team is certified or deemed unacceptable.



Certification for HRD canines shall be comprised of a comprehensive assessment together with an odor recognition assessment

Odor recognition assessment

The handler shall be advised of the parameters of the search.

The handler shall know the number of target objects, but not the

placement. Comprehensive assessment

The handler shall be advised of the parameters of the search.

The handler shall not know the number or placement of the target objects.

The assessments shall include a blank search.

*Ideally, the certification shall be designed in a manner that resembles searches conducted in the canine team’s normal operational environment.

The test shall be designed to evaluate:
-The canine’s ability to recognize the odor.
-The canine’s ability to respond to the odor.
-The handler’s ability to recognize the canine’s alert.
-The handler’s ability to articulate where the material is located.

For successful certification, the canine team shall achieve a 90% confirmed alert Rate.

A canine team that fails the certification process shall complete a corrective action plan before making another attempt to certify