The average handler experience level within ECI is 12 years! This experience level results in the most efficient, effective and reliable teams available in private industry today.
ECI Handlers come from a diverse background of Former Military Work Dog Handlers, Trainers & Kennel Masters. The experience gained through Military Service is unmatched. From the initial 440 hour Handler Course, to years of on-the-job training, the experience gained cannot be duplicated.
ECI is proud of its Military Work Dog handlers. Their dedication, reliability and pursuit for perfection, in continuing their service to the country is reflected on a daily basis.
Because a canine can only “see” what it can “smell”, all ECI handlers receive advance training in Explosive Device Recognition, Emergency Response, Bomb Threat Management Hazardous Materials, First Responder, Terrorism Awareness and Countersurveillance Techniques with Annual Refresher Training. ECI's approach to training is why, year after year, ECI consistently delivers the most efficient, effective and reliable teams available!
All explosive detection dogs utilized by ECI have received certification which meets or exceeds the standards adapted from the United States Air Force, the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the Department of The Treasury Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard For Explosives Detection Canines.
The Handler and Canine are an inseparable team working in tandem. In many cases, Handlers have been working with their canine partner exclusively for years. From canine first-aid and advanced obedience, to setting up training scenarios and pattern searches, ECI handlers are the most experienced with “reading” their canine partners.
All ECI canines display a stable, calm temperament, and have excellent “drive” instincts. They have the ability, and are trained, to deal with the public under any circumstances. ECI does not utilize any canine which has received training to identify drugs.
ECI canines are all passive response.
Daily, repetitive and regimented training is a key element for both Handlers and Canine's alike. Both at the facility being protected, and off sites training utilizing actual substances that can and have been used to construct explosive devices. Training imprint's odors on the dogs brain and this training is critical to the effective deterrence of bomb-related threats! Teams utilize and train across an extensive set of odors, in a variety of settings, as the basis for training and certification. ECI's diverse training methods and skilled handlers is what allows ECI to deliver first-class bomb dogs!
How powerful is a canine's nose?
"If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a canine could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well."