Kat offers on-line / interactive group instruction for anyone interested in training a dog to either detect lost cats or to track (trail) the scent trail of lost dogs. Although it is highly recommended that you take the 10-week Pet Detective MAR Course prior to taking any of the MAR K9 Courses, it is not mandatory. This class is now full, but please sign up on the Dog Training Class waiting list in the registration menu and we will notify you of the next class.
It is recommended that you select just one discipline to train your dog in—either as a MAR Cat Detection Dog or as a MAR Trailing Dog. To watch a MAR Cat Detection Dog at work, watch the Evening Magazine video of a Cat Detection Dog training event and the Pets Part of the Family video of Kat Albrecht working Cat Detection Dog Rachel on a search for a lost cat named Manuel.
On average, it takes approximately 4 months to train a MAR Cat Detection Dog and 12 to 18 months to train a MAR Trailing Dog. Our MAR Cat Detection Dog Course is broken into 2 Levels that last approximately 5 months. All dogs that enter the MAR Cat Detection Dog program must have no fear issues, no aggression issues (towards humans, other dogs, or cats), and exhibit a high level of interest / excitement towards cats. Students will be required to demonstrate (through videos or a designated evaluation) that their dogs meet these requirements
10-week MAR Cat Detection Dog Course (Level 1)
Prerequisite: Read (or listen to) the books Pet Tracker: The Amazing Story of Rachel the K9 Pet Detective and the book Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets.
This 10-week MAR Cat Detection Level 1 (beginner) course helps you work through the basic steps of training a dog to detect the scent (live and deceased) of lost cats. Topics covered include the selection of a cat detection dog candidate, the selection and training of a “target cat,” beginning command / cues (“check this,” “search!” “kitty,” “where?” and “push”) as well as imprinting your dog on live cat scent. Students will commit to sending a minimum of 2 training videos per week to instructor for evaluation. Students also commit to meeting (in an online group setting) with the instructor once a week for an interactive review (15 minutes per student) of the progress and/or problems they are encountering in their training.
10-week MAR Cat Detection Dog Course (Level 2)
Prerequisite: MAR Cat Detection Dog Level 1
This 10-week MAR Cat Detection Level 2 (advanced) course helps you work through the final steps of training a dog to detect the scent (live and deceased) of lost cats. Topics covered include finding cats in trees, extending search times, varying search locations, cat decomposition imprinting and training, and preparing for certification testing.
Payment / Refunds
The cost for each 10-week MAR K9 course is $750.00. If you are unable to make a complete payment, a payment plan is possible. At any time during the course, students may chose to not enroll in an additional level of training, however, there will be no refunds.