General Purpose Security Dog Handler Level 2 Course
Arrived at MalpeetK9 with mixed emotions, partly anticipation of what was to come along with the unknown. Was met by Debbie the office manager who made me most welcome, and settled my nerves. The accommodation is excellent, there is a choice of rooms, advisable to book beforehand.
I had booked the double ensuite, which was huge, could easily get 3 double beds in it. The room had a tv, large balcony overlooking the pool, hot tub, large ensuite, double shower and loads of storage space. The fittings and quality were far what I expected. yes i know it’s pink!! Bear in mind this is no hotel, it is self-catering and the humongous
kitchen has all utensils, and freezer, fridge space you need. Plus free tea and coffee, Simon must missed that one!!!
There is 3 lounge areas, 2 with large tv and DVD players. A good sized classroom for the theory side but this even opens onto the patio, handy in warm weather. Thrown in is a sauna which is fab in winter. I was then introduced to 2 of my course colleagues, Joseph from Kenya, and Tiffany from Hastings. The 4th member Vicki would join us in the morning as she lived locally.
Nearby, just a four minute drive away, are 2 pubs, garage, chippy, shop (free cashpoint)
1st day we met with Instructor Dave McIver (picture) a vastly experienced instructor/trainer whom throughout the course made us all feel special, always handy with advice and a big grin. His professionalism in the classroom and practicals outside is the reason the course is a success. Coupled with that was his helper Steve, the Kennel supervisor whom looks after all the dogs and completes loads of other jobs. He assisted Dave with a lot of tasks and also fitted in some CT which demonstrated to us what level we need to achieve.
The course went from strength to strength. Each day started with a brew, then sort the dogs out, groom, then back
to digs for breakfast before the days training schedule started. A timetable is provided which is easily followed. Then after work 5-6pm dogs fed and walked. Then at 7.30-8pm the dogs are walked and checked on before bedding them down till morning and the cycle starts again. Don’t be fooled, the day is long, varied, hard work and you will be
tired, but it is rewarding.
Included is the night exercise away from Malpeet, where you put the dogs and yourselves through scenarios. Your dog gets to chew on Dave or Steve’s arm if your lucky, it is a long night but you will gain valuable experience from it.
Personally I would of liked another 2 days with the dog to help me achieve team status. A lot is crammed into the week long course. Also there is 2 exams to get through 😬 The Security Officers exam, 50 multi choice questions, and the NASDU
exam, again multi choice. All the subject matter to pass the exam is ably covered by Dave working through the syllabus.
The course was made what is was by its location, the Instructor, Malpeet team, and my course mates, Vicki, Joseph and Tiffany.
I will be returning this year on either GP3 or my favourite the Proactive Drugs Course.
In my opinion if you decide to attend a course here you will not be disappointed.