Joakim Berlin has 25 years experience of dog training for law enforcement and security. Presently he is employed as Global Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) Advisor at UNOPS PSC, New York technically supervising EDD operations in UN missions. Berlin has extensive practice from project management and implementation of dog related Quality Assurance (QA) processes in Sweden as well as in different conflict/post-conflict areas abroad. He is Mental Evaluator, Instructor and Criminal Investigation Dog (CID) handler in Uppsala Police Department Canine Division (on leave), responsible for planning and executing trainings and courses for Police Canine Units as well as QA/QC for all disciplines of canine units and also responsible for conducting mentality and selection assessments/tests of dogs for service. Berlin is also assigned as Instructor for different Product Scent Detection (PSD) Dog courses at Swedish Police National Training Centre in Karlsborg. Berlin have is assigned to represent Swedish Police as Project Expert at FRONTEX Training Unit, Warsaw where he was nominated and assigned as FRONTEX Canine Assessor and further Course Manager for the first Product Scent (explosive, narcotic etc) Canine Instructor Course and Instructor/Assessor for the first General Use (attack-work, tracking, searching) Canine Instructor Course. Berlin have a focus and passion for development and implementation of efficient and modern, science based, learning/training methods for Service Dogs as well as designing and implementing efficient QA/QC processes ensuring relevant operational capacity is cost-efficiently met. Berlins lecture will, interactively and includingly for participants, cover his view and experience of the full process – from selecting the right dog, through developing and conducting efficient training, implementing relevant quality assurance processes, to the final stage of operating a efficient Product Scent Detection Dog for your intended purpose regardless if it is Service, Competition or just for fun.
Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organisations as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. Chirag consults on the behaviour management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. His passion is the application of behaviour change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner.
Chirag is a consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour. Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford’s Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years.
Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.
Simon Prins has worked for over two decades as a dog handler and specialist expertise for Netherlands Police and National Crime Squad. He has won international acclaim as an innovative trainer for his work with camera dogs, explosive detection dogs and search and rescue dogs.
Training animals into high risk operations lead to a whole new concept of animal training. Prins believes that it’s all about positive reinforcement, creating safe learning environments, setting criteria and clear communication. He is one of the authors of the book “A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training (K9 Professional Training)”. www.simonprins.com
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