Course L8ALR3P031A0H1A (11 Weeks)

Course Information


This course provides training in the knowledge and skills needed to perform duties as a military working dog handler capable of handling dogs trained in patrol or detector tasks. Training includes safety procedures; maintenance of a dog to include grooming, inspecting health checkpoints, diseases, internal and external parasites, first aid, feeding and watering, medication and veterinary clinic procedures; maintenance of kennel and equipment; principles of conditioning; obedience, obedience course, controlled aggression, scouting, building search, vehicle patrol, conditions under gunfire, tracking, acting as a decoy; maintaining proficiency of dog teams; advice on the use of dog teams; maintaining records, reports and forms; concepts of MWD utilization and employment of search techniques; reaction to behavioral changes; explosive and chemical safety procedures; and legal considerations of military working dog use.

Prerequisites IAW AR 190-12

Must be Military Police (MOS 31B) or DA Civilian Police Officer (0083)
Must meet medical requirements (IAW AR 190-12, AR 40-501, and DA PAM 611-21)
Must be a volunteer; and submit a DA 4187 with a letter of recommendation from the MACOM MWD Program Manager, installation Kennel Master or MWD Plans NCO

PASSPORT: An official US Passport application will be completed as part of the inprocessing procedures, students will need to provide the following documents:
Official birth certificate, 2 photos in civilian clothes (2”x 2”), any previously issued passports. An official birth certificate may be obtained at for a nominal fee.

Pre Arrival

On base lodging is available, prior to arrival students will make billeting reservations at the Gateway Inn (VAQ) at DSN 473-4277 or COMM (210) 671-4277 Email: Students must have a government travel card or be authorized a travel advance prior to departing from their duty station. D Company, 701st MP Battalion CANNOT request a government travel card for students. Students attending the course TDY enroute to their next duty station will have their losing unit or activity keep their government travel card active until 30 days after projected graduation date. Government transportation is not available. Students are responsible for getting themselves to and from class each day, therefore it is recommended students be authorized a rental vehicle on their travel orders. Students that are billeted off the installation may be required to drive up to 25 miles roundtrip in order to attend class. Government dining facilities are available, however, students are not issued meal cards and are charged a daily surcharge rate. Students must have a completed DD Form 1610 when reporting to Lackland AFB, TX for training. D Company CANNOT generate fund sites for travel or per diem.

Duty Uniform

The uniform for class is BDU's. At a minimum, students will bring 4 sets of BDU's, BDU soft cap, beret, and two pair of boots. Wet weather gear is recommended year round and cold weather gear (Gore-Tex/field jacket, polypropylene undergarments, gloves and warm boots) should be brought between the months of September thru April. While in the kennels it is mandatory to wear hearing protection. Students must bring a set of hearing protection with them or they will be required to purchase a set while at the course. PT is conducted three times per week with the Company. The Army PT uniform is required for all PT formations.


All students will arrive one working day prior to the course start date and coordinate with D Company to inprocess (Bldg. 9122, Phone# (210) 671-3981/3982 or DSN 473-3981/3982). If you arrive on the weekend check in at the Gateway Inn (VAQ). Located in the lobby of the Gateway Inn is an information system that will provide contact information and directions to D Company. If you are unable to contact the company or cadre, students will automatically report to Bldg. 9122 at 0630 hrs in PT uniform (no spandex) for inprocessing. If the Soldier is not able to arrive until the first day of the course they should report directly to the classroom in Building 7368 on Lackland AFB where they will receive inprocessing instructions from their instructors. Soldiers must meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Height and weight measurements will be taken during inprocessing prior to course entry. The APFT is a prerequisite for graduation and will be administered on the fourth day of class.


Contact D Company at (210) 671-3981/3982 or DSN 473-3981/3982 OR report to the Information Center at the main gate for directions.


To get the most up-to-date class schedule for this course follow these easy steps at the ATRRS web site:
1. Find the box that is labeled Course Catalog in the upper right corner of page.
2. Click on the blue Here button in that box.
3. Pick the Fiscal Year you wish to attend.
4. Go down to School Code and pick 884.
5. Click on the “Search the ATRRS Course Catalog” button.
6. Click on the Highlighted Course Number for Military Working Dog Handler Course (ASI Z6).
7. This page will inform you of all the dates for that fiscal year you can attend Military Working Dog Handler Course.