Do you have a detection dog question?

Submit your training or detection questions. We answer them in our monthly Q&A videos.


Is this Interest or Alert?

In this webinar Bill Gaskins and Cameron Ford discuss the common issue handlers have in reading their dogs and that is my dog just showing interest in something or...


Putting Theory into Practice

This webinar is by Bill Gaskins and he discusses various detection dog theories and how to put some of those into practive with your dog.


Handler Responsibility “Are we helping or hurting the dog in the search”

What are the Responsibilities of the handler, how much do we help and do we help too much and create a dog who needs us?



The F.O.R.D. Process


Foundation, Fundamentals, & Focus.

We teach the importance of mastering the fundamentals of detection, knowing these and maintaining them creates an incredible foundation in the steps of odor detection.

Utilizing these creates a dog with superior focus during indication on odor.


Odor recognition & Understanding.

We teach the importance of odor recognition to target odor in all kinds of circumstances.

We also educate on odor & how it moves, how to properly store your training aids, & how to read your dog when they are working on odor.


Reliability & Readiness.

Following our training and education program ensures that you and your dog are a reliable team, and you can have confidence when working your dog.

You will also be ready to face whatever situation you are put in with confidence.



Following all of these principals will ensure that you and your dog excel in any detection discipline that you choose to pursue whether that's narcotics, explosives, cadaver, electronics... you name it and we can teach it.


Live classes primarliy in Santa Rosa, California for Professional Handlers, Trainers, and Sport Enthusiasts.


Live seminars held around the US for Professional Handlers, Trainers, and Sport Enthusiasts.


Check out our world renowned pocast for beginners and experts: K9s Talking Scents.

FREE Video Series:
"Cameron Ford's Most Frequently Answered Questions"

Is your dog missing odor? Should you reward on real searches? Should you use food as a reward? Learn the science backed tips from Cameron Ford's years of training with the Navy SEALs, SWAT, and scientific research with major univserites.

Upcoming Events

Event NameLocationPricehf:categorieshf:tags
Detection Dog Club: May 19, , $35.00$180.00detection-dog-clubcalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
Sip and Sniff at MES May 25, , $65.00$100.00sip-and-sniffcalifornia michael-ellis-school santa-rosa
Canine Cognition Instructor Class at Michael Ellis School May 29-Jun 2, , $600.00$1,000.00canine-cognition-instructorcalifornia michael-ellis-school santa-rosa
Canine Cognition Seminar at MES Santa Rosa CA May 31-Jun 2, , $295.00$495.00canine-cognition-seminarcalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
Detection Dog Trainer Immersive Class (Cameron Ford and Michael Ellis) Jun 3-14, , $4,000.00detection-dog-trainer-coursecalifornia michael-ellis-school santa-rosa
Puppy Cognition Audit: June 7-9 2024, , $250.00puppy-cognition-seminarcalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
Communication System for SAR K9 (Rules and Rewards) with Florian Schneider June 17, , $55.00$175.00seminarscalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
Indication for Detection and Tracking Dogs with Jens Frank June 18-21, , $300.00$400.00seminarscalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
Working with High and Low Motivation with Florian Schneider and Michael Ellis June 18-19, , $125.00$300.00seminarscalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa
"How to get your dog to search more Independently” with Florian Schneider June 20-21, , $300.00$400.00seminarscalifornia ford-k9 santa-rosa



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