This course consists of 4 to 5 weeks of training, designed to train you in the proper utilization and handling of detection/patrol dog. The type of dog determines the length of the course and the curriculum covered. You will receive classroom and field training in the following subjects:

Kennel construction and Maintenance

K-9 Health and Welfare

Utilization and Training Records

Building Search

Safety Procedures

Safety and Security of Training Aids

Legal Considerations

Principles of Conditioning

Detection/Controlled Aggression

Obedience and Tracking/Scouting

Approximately 80% of training will be conducted in a field environment and the remaining 20% in the classroom. If necessary specialized individual assistance training will be conducted during normal course hours. Remedial training is training conducted in addition to normal course hours. Depending on observations or testing, you will receive either or both.


classes and seminars

agitator course

Seminars are designed to provide dog handlers with valuable information that will improve job proficiency. Our staff is knowledgeable on the most current and effective dog training techniques. In addition, our seminars include guest speakers from different areas of expertise in the field of working dogs. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

handler course

Course Overview

Hill Country Dog Center LLC, has been authorized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct certification assessments of third-party canine teams who screen cargo on behalf of TSA’s regulated entities required to screen air cargo before it can be transported on aircraft.  The authorization by TSA permits Hill Country Dog Center LLC, to evaluate third-party canine teams in order to determine if the teams meet TSA’s stringent standards required to screen cargo transported by air.  Hill Country Dog Center LLC, received TSA authorization to conduct certifications in (October, 2018).


If you are interested in attending a class/seminar or need additional information, please contact us by email, phone or using the form. Below you will find the class schedule and current seminars. For the most up-to-date information please visit website regularly.

2019 Class Schedule*​​​​​​​



01/14/2019 - 02/08/2019

07/08/2019 - 08/02/2019

03/04/2019 - 03/29/2019

09/09/2019 -10/04/2019

​04/22/2019 - 05/17/2019

10/21/2019 - 11/15/2019

12/02/2019 - 12/20/2019

*dates subject to change

equipment provided

Hill Country Dog Center offers unique and unprecedented agitator training. Our instructors will cover basic/advance skills needed to peak your agency's working dog’s maximum potential. The curriculum will cover the following subjects:

  • bite suit training
  • hidden sleeve work
  • training under actual scenarios
  • analyzing and manipulation animal behavior
  • agitator safety


2018 Class Schedule*​​​​​​​



01/08/2018 - 02/02/2018

​07/09/2018 - 08/03/2018

03/05/2018 - 03/30/2018

09/10/2018 - 10/05/2018

04/23/2018 - 05/18/2018

10/22/2018 - 11/16/2018

11/26/2018 - 12/14/2018

*dates subject to change


Once selected, all of our newly acquired canines are entered into an extensive and aggressive training program to prepare them for bonding, training, and certification with a handler. This training is approximately six to eight weeks prior to handler training. The first week consists of quarantine, medical evaluation, and acclimation to the kennels. The next several weeks consists of increasing proficiency in obedience, behavior skills, drive, and explosive and/or narcotic odor recognition. The following highlights the methods we use to develop the canine skills in each of these critical tasks.

Hill Country Dog Center strives to procure the best suitable dog for each of our clients.  We have very close business partnerships with some of the world’s largest, most reputable breeders of quality working dogs.  Hill Country Dog Center has procured thousands of high quality K9s for 25 years. This has yielded many years’ experience in conducting “Procurement trips” around the world, during which we have performed extensive pre-selection testing on vendors, their canine products, and on their kennels and training sites.  As a result, we have established excellent business relationships with premiere vendors domestically and abroad.  Our experience in this area, along with our long-term business relationships with vendors, has resulted in a proven high degree of success in purchasing quality dogs, and in the final certification of dogs purchased. Initial screening of canines prior to purchase is critical in reducing the risk of post procurement rejection, a major issue affecting overall cost, loss of training time, schedule slippage, and the introduction of new critical paths in the training schedule. Hill Country Dog Center can procure different breeds, however, the following are the most common working dog breeds:

Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Retriever/ Labradors​

Handler training courses consist of a three (3) week single purpose course and a four (4) week dual purpose course.  These classes cover K9 health and welfare, record keeping, principles of conditioning, detector dog handling and search technique, obedience, controlled aggression and legal considerations.

While here, your primary responsibility is to apply yourself and learn the proper procedures required to care for and handle a working dog. Everyone is expected to apply basic human relations techniques. During this course you may be expected to perform tasks requiring teamwork. Your attitude and duty performance will have a direct influence on both you and your peers.

  • 6' Leather Leash
  • leather collar
  • choke chain
  • kong
  • slicker brush
  • ​feed pan