Canine Connection LLC of Cleveland, Tennessee, offering


SAR and LE Workshop for Live Find, Human Remains, Apprehension, Tracking, and Odor Detection Canines.

Cost of Participation

Working k-9: $300.00 (non-refundable)

Auditing Participants: $25.00 per day (non-refundable)


April 9-11th, 2021 SAR and LE Workshop for Live Find, Human Remains, Apprehension, Tracking, and Odor Detection Canines.


Scenarios will focus on:

Rope Ops: Raise handler and K9 from ground level to a 6 story ascent and transport via a high line to the adjacent building for an immediate search.

Water: Boat ops in a “flooded village with rooftop trap door search access, partially submerged vehicles, and underwater obstacles such as mailboxes, etc.

LARGE HR SOURCES ( handler option) (including large and small sources) will be utilized to optimize training acclimation for LE and Live Find k9s as well as multiple scenarios for career HR dogs.

Subterranean Cave Complex: enables the ultimate training opportunity for (if desired) zero to low visibility sight in an underground environment. Tunnels provide an excellent opportunity to maneuver tight spaces and develop the ability to navigate a challenging environment.

*Note: these scenarios are adaptable to handler desire and input. Suitable for advanced or beginner canines and scenarios can be adjusted accordingly.

Collapsed parking garage: multistory structure with numerous vehicles to simulate an earthquake, tornado, bombing, terrorist attack, etc

Market Place: a favorite of Law Enforcement SIMS rounds ammunition will be used to provide the most realistic training environment possible. This search area is a multi-dwelling complex.

***Also of special interest to LE:
You and your K9 can participate in Human Remain scenarios such as a mass casualty incident with a concealed suspect ( decoy) that needs to be extracted from the search scene.

Day ops: Workshop hours are 0900-1600.

Night ops training is offered from 18:00-21:00.

These trainings are optional and are not under the constant structure or guidance of our staff and instructors. Scenarios, training agendas, and general safety are the responsibilities of individual handlers.
A former mental institution/hospital and 2 vacant jails connected by an underground passage will be available each night.

All buildings are multi-level.

Lodging: Barracks lodging on-site is complimentary. Please bring your own linens for beds and showers.

Dining options: we will provide more details and options at a later date. Currently, we are suggesting bring coolers with snacks, drinks, and meals if possible. MUSC does have some food options on base and small towns within 20 minutes of base.

*This workshop is limited to 60 Search and Rescue handlers and 60 Law Enforcement handlers and canines. Spots will fill quickly, so reserve your spot early! The non-refundable fee is $300.00

This event is “rain or shine” and duplicates real-world situations/environments. Location is Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, IN

*NOTE: SDF has added  MUTC training to their list of approved events for Grant funding (if the handler is selected as a recipient)



Melissa Morgan Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  At the University, she is the Director of the Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Food Science. Melissa’s research interests include pre- and post-harvest food safety and quality control. In recent years this worked has evolved to included activities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from non-routine emergencies resulting from intentional and non-intentional contamination affecting food products. Melissa’s teaching program includes traditional classes in Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Foodborne Pathogens, and Veterinary Medical Terminology (online), in addition to a robust program in undergraduate student research and internships.

Melissa has been involved in working and training scent detecting dogs for over 20 years. She is a K9 Deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department,  Chief of the Kentucky Search Dog Association, and K9 manager for Ohio Task Force 1 a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.  Melissa has been involved with over 375 incidents as either a dog handler, team leader or operations officer, her K9s are certified through FEMA, North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), American Police Canine Association (APCA) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) in disaster, air-scent, trailing, and cadaver. In addition, Melissa is an evaluator for KYEM, FEMA Disaster – HRD and a Master Trainer for APCA.