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About Clay

Owner/Trainer at Clay's Top Dog | 15+ Year Law Enforcement Officer | 12+ Year Police K9 Handler | Certified Law Enforcement Instructor | State of Arkansas K9 Certifying Official | DrugBeat National Certifying Official | Instructor at Little Rock K9 Academy | Serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter 501(c)(3) F.O.C.A.S.

Advanced K9 Handler Course

Advanced Handler Courses work on teaching handlers advanced skills to better prepare their K9 Partners for Street Deployments.  Courses work on tactical off-leash obedience, difficult detection problems, and apprehensions skills including barriers to apprehension entry, obstacle negotiation to target, primary and secondary targeting areas, passive and active fend offs, equipment shedding drills, environmental distractors, [...]

By | May 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GIBill at the LR K9 Academy

What is the Veterans Post 9/11 GI Bill to our Police K9 Trainer’s Program? The Veterans Post 9/11 GI Bill allows qualified law enforcement veterans to attend our Police K9 Advanced K9 Trainer’s Course to advance their career. The Veterans Affairs Administration will pay the course fee for veterans with remaining Post 9/11 [...]

By | January 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Search of air filter during inventory held to be valid.

In a recent case decided by the 8th Circuit an inventory search of a air filter compartment under the hood of vehicle was upheld as a valid inventory. United States v. Ball (8th Cir. Oct. 29, 2015) Search of an air filter compartment under hood of vehicle that revealed cocaine upheld as valid inventory exception [...]

By | October 31st, 2015|Case Law|0 Comments

K9’s against the clock

A few days ago there was a new case decided in Illinois (State V Pulling published 6-17-2015) which I think is important for all K9 Handlers to read and understand. I predict there will be many rulings out of various jurisdictions that follow along these lines. Back in April I wrote a post about [...]

By | June 20th, 2015|Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on K9’s against the clock

When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? -by Clay Smith

When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? – by Clay Smith   As a result of the recent United States Supreme Court Decision in: RODRIGUEZ v UNITED STATES there has been a lot of discussion, concern, confusion, and controversy on the issue of using a K9 to sniff a [...]

By | April 25th, 2015|Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? -by Clay Smith

When can your K9 search the inside of a car? – Clay Smith

When can you put your dog into a vehicle to conduct a K-9 search inside the car? What if my dog jumps into the car on his own during the search? Every class I am involved in teaching at the Little Rock K9 Academy these questions alway come up. Most everyone, myself included, likes to [...]

By | February 1st, 2015|Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on When can your K9 search the inside of a car? – Clay Smith