Maximum Canine in conjunction with Canine Connection and Ronin Dog Training offering


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


Good afternoon, sending well wishes to all as we battle this devastating pandemic and hope for solutions and a “ return to normal” soon.

We have official confirmation from MUTC for a reschedule date of June 26-28th with barracks open for arrival on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25th. We realize this may be a conflicting date for some of you . Please let us know if it’s possible to attend the June weekend or if we need to issue a registration refund.

The good news is we should have a complimentary K-9 first aid presentation on Thursday and Friday evening for anyone interested. Also, breakfast and lunch meals ( $5.00 per meal) will be available on-site at our barracks through a private vendor. We will post a menu prior to our training dates to enable you to decide if you would like to participate or explore other options. FYI, we do have a limited number of grills( first come- first serve) at Camp Holland.

Please monitor our website for updates and useful information.


June 26-28, 2020 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 high line to 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 whole bodies and 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 ( full bodies) with a concealed suspect ( decoy) that needs to be extracted from search scene.

Night ops: Workshop hours are 0900-1600.

Nightly trainings are offered from 18:00-21:00.

These trainings are optional and are not under 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

Our instructors are:

Human Remains – Melissa Morgan

Our instructors are:

Law Enforcement – Ron Ligtenberg



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.