Bomb & Drug Dogs


The IronHeart Training Center prides itself in producing some of the best explosives detector dog teams in the world. Numerous federal, state, local law enforcement, and private companies are enjoying the benefits of a quality dog and a quality handler course that includes all topics as recommended by the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Guidelines (SWGDOG) and more. All of our dogs are extremely focused, intense and determined. They have an unquestioned work ethic and are exposed to numerous explosives belonging to the six core families of explosives. The ATF has identified over 19,000 explosives that belong to six base families. It is very important each handler become familiar with the components of explosives, trends in explosives worldwide, and the individual composition of these explosives.

A bomb dog must be handled like a bomb dog and not a drug dog.  It is imperative that each handler truly understand the operational differences that exist between other disciplines.  We stress the prioritization of sweeps, a systematic, tactical approach that should be engrained in each handler throughout the entire handler course.

Our basic explosives detector dog handler course is 4-6 weeks depending on the skill level and experience of the handler.  There is so much to cover to ensure the proficiency and safety of the canine team and those that could be affected by deficiencies caused by a lack of training.  Once the training is concluded, a third party certification will be attempted.  In any event, it is absolutely essential that a third party organization conduct the certification.  It is the downfall of too many vendors to certify their own dogs.  Those days should be coming to an end, and the the quality of teams should improve.  We strongly recommend an association having well written bylaws, a good track record.  The ATF National Odor Recognition Test is recommended.  This test is excellent at ensuring your dog knows the pure odor of all mainstream explosives, peroxide based explosives and ensures the dog has been successfully proofed off of food, toys, gloves, etc.

The IronHeart Training Center uses several different training locations to ensure quality training and varying environments are experienced.  Please contact us for more information about any of our dogs, training, or lodging options.  We can provide numerous references upon request.

Drug Detection Dogs

 The IronHeart Training Center prides itself in producing some of the finest drug detector dog teams in the world. Numerous federal, state, local law enforcement, and private companies are enjoying the benefits of a quality dog and a quality handler course that includes all topics as recommended by the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Guidelines (SWGDOG) and more.

All of our dogs are extremely focused, intense and determined. They have an unquestioned work ethic and hunt with a great deal of persistence.

Our basic explosives detector dog handler course is normally 4 to 6 weeks depending on the skill level and experience of the handler. Everything from the selection testing of dogs, leash handling, report writing, latest trends in drug trafficking and concealment methods, search warrants, and up to date case law is covered in our handler course.

Once the training is concluded, a third party certification will be attempted. In any event, it is absolutely essential that a third party organization conduct the certification. It is the downfall of too many vendors to certify their own dogs. Those days should be coming to an end, and the the quality of teams should improve. We strongly recommend an association having well written bylaws and a good track record.

The IronHeart Training Center uses several different training locations to ensure quality training and varying environments are experienced. Please contact us for more information about any of our dogs, training, or lodging options. We can provide numerous references upon request.