Despite heightened security measures, global transportation systems continue to remain an attractive target for terrorism. Staying ahead of evolving threats requires a preventative security posture. SOC’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) Teams are a critical element in the prevention and deterrence of potential terrorist threats.
SOC has been supporting the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of State (DOS), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Intelligence Community (IC) with turn-key canine solutions. We bring agility and capacity to meet current and evolving Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) needs. We self-perform canine acquisition and management under our “Dog First” philosophy. Self-performing allows us to ensure an adequate supply of high quality EDCs; places the utmost importance on the dog’s health and welfare; controls quality, and improves overall performance. Our unique ability to rapidly procure top quality dogs with the ability to detect explosive odors in active and dynamic environments has been proven on several Federal contracts and many task order awards.
SOC Canine solutions for industry needs:
- More than 15 years in the Canine Industry.
- Our Canine Solutions exceed industry standards by carefully and systematically training our dogs, not sacrificing quality for time.
- SOC is operating as one of eight Certified Cargo Screening Facilities K-9 (CCSF-K9) in the United States.
- Our Canine Solutions have successfully supplied more than 550 Canine teams globally, in the protection of personnel, facilities, and assets.
- All our dogs are imprinted on 33 explosive odors, one odor at a time.
- Canine Solutions provides the government and private sectors with a wide assortment and variety of working dogs
Canine Philosophy and Training
SOC is built on a “Dog First” philosophy.
From selection through training, deployment and ultimately retirement, the dog’s health and welfare is paramount to everything we do. Our canines are finely calibrated instruments capable of extraordinary detection/patrol work, but unlike an instrument, each and every dog is its own individual and requires an individual health management plan that is developed through trainers, handlers and medical staff.
Detection canines may be trained to track and detect elements such as human scent, explosives, narcotics, and hazardous materials, depending on the specific needs of the contract or program. SOC canines are carefully selected through a series of tests and a strict review process, which examines the innate drive and basic capabilities to be successful as part of our integrated security solution. SOC’s trainers and handlers employ a positive reinforcement training standard where the health and welfare of the animals is paramount.
Our Training & Training Facility
SOC’s documented and detailed training program exceeds ATF NORT, North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), and current TSA standards by imprinting more explosive odors and by exposing the dogs to additional training environments. SOC employs both food and toy reward methodologies as a means to develop the perfect product for our clients. All dogs have completed a rigorous 3-5-month training course where they learn to detect explosive odors in numerous environments.
SOC’s canine trainers and handlers live by strict standards focused on the health and welfare of our dogs. Operating in support of both foreign and domestic security missions, the quality of training and level of care provided to our dogs meet the highest industry standards, ensuring optimum performance levels anywhere in the world. Our animals are truly a part of the SOC family.
SOC’s Canine Solutions division operates a 40,000 square foot, three-acre training facility in the United States, having supported of one of the largest canine programs in existence with deployed canines and handlers in the United States and the Middle East. This state-of-the-art canine training facility prepares our animals and handlers for deployment with training and testing in protection, patrol, apprehension and detection.
SOC CANINE PERFORMANCE LEVELS
In our industry, there are a variety of training stages which we engage in and deliver upon.
Untrained EDCs will undergo SOC’s initial technical assessment process. SOC meets and evaluates the dogs, selecting only those that demonstrate the qualities and aptitude for detection and/or apprehension. Prior to purchase, each dog must pass our task specific screening and medical requirements. All Canines will demonstrate the following behavior profile:
- Non-aggressive (to animals and humans); Canines must be very social
- Non-Kennel aggressive/food pail or water pail aggressive
- Motivated by Kong or ball, or other toy
- Kennel crate trained
- Muzzle trained
Single Purpose Detector Dogs
At SOC, a high priority is placed on our detector dogs. We place their health and welfare first, from selection through training, placement, and ultimately retirement. Each Canine is microchipped and has an individual health management plan that is specifically developed, updated, and administered by our trainers, handlers, and medical staff. This philosophy ensures each SOC Canine is a finely calibrated team member capable of extraordinary detection. Our capabilities include detection and passive final response to explosives, narcotics, hydrocarbons/accelerants, human scent (tracking) and electronic components.
Dual Purpose Dogs
At SOC, a high priority is placed on our detector dogs, such as the canines we employ in our third party canine TSA services. As a certified canine cargo screening provider, SOC's Canine Solutions Group stands ready to deliver air cargo screening capabilities to a large number of new and potential customers in need.