BASIC K9 HANDLER TRAINING
FEE: P20,000 (VAT inclusive)
Fee may also be paid thru salary deduction, but student must sign and have notarized an exclusivity contract stating that he/she cannot be a handler for any company other than Manalo K9 within two (2) years that he separates from Manalo K9 nor directly or indirectly compete with Manalo K9 in the businesses we are in.
Includes: Bare basic accommodation; use of water (we have strong Manila Water) and electricity for only basic personal needs (appliances have separate charges); training and materials/equipment. Food is not included, but can be sourced out from outside stores. Cooking is allowed.
REQUIREMENTS (bring these to our Training Center during working hours and look for Senior Trainer Bogs):
- RESUME / BIO-DATA: Including character references (at least five).
- MEDICAL CERTIFICATE: Applicant must be physically fit to endure long hours of hard work, strong, certified fit to work with no communicable or serious disease.
- Must be at least 5"6 in height.
- DIPLOMA: At least high school graduate.
- NBI CERTIFICATE: No criminal case or record.
- DRUG TEST NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE: No history of drug abuse including alcoholism.
- NSO BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Male or female applicants accepted.
- ANY RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: Good attitude and with high moral standards. Pleasing personality.
- INTERVIEW: Must pass initial interview.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN DOG?
No. Unless you are enrolling that dog in one of our dog training courses.
Once you have submitted the requirements and passed the interview, you may move in to start training already.
STAY-IN TRAINING PROGRAM:
The Manalo K9 training program was designed to equip the student to be a service-oriented, world-class K9 handler with integrity and excellence.
Duration: 2 months (students may need to extend, or may graduate a little earlier, depending on his/her performance).
Training Days: Monday to Saturday (Sundays are days off, and students may leave the training center upon the discretion of the Senior Trainer).
Training Hours: Usually from 0600H to 1800H (12 hours), depending on the activities assigned.
We require students to stay within the premises of the 2.4 hectare training center during the training period. There are no off days during holidays. Training goes on whether there is scorching heat from the sun or during typhoons/storms. Emergency leaves may be permitted, but on a case-to-case basis. We believe that we will only be able to see the character and attitude of the individual by the way he interacts with others whom he lives with for a duration of time. During the training, students are required to remove all vices including smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Visitors are allowed, but they should only stay within the visitors' area and may not interfere with training.
Program is mostly hands-on. We believe in less lecture, more work. We sometimes have about 100 dogs on site, and the student gets to learn how to handle dogs with different attitudes, breeds, sizes, and temperaments. The students do everything from strength-building exercises, cleaning the kennels everyday, maintaining the training center, caring for dogs and puppies, assisting with medical treatments, assisting in various training assignments such as decoy work and puppy development, problem-solving, performing in different scenarios, learning security protocols, etc.
There are also many off-site training days, where the students and their dogs go to urban areas, commercial settings, forest, etc.
The student is expected to have sufficient budget for his personal needs for the duration of his/her stay.
Students are required to wear the prescribed handlers' uniform during training. You are also required to be well-groomed and clean-cut at all times. You should bring your own rain gear, heavy-duty nylon dog collar for large dogs, and 6-foot non-metal leash.
Students are taught all the necessary precautions in dealing with dogs first before allowing them to handle our dogs. Dog bites are part of the hazards of our work in K9 as a sore thumb is for carpenters. Any medical cost that a student incurs from accidents or illnesses during training shall be his/her own expense and responsibility. A waiver needs to be signed upfront and contact persons should be able to come to the rescue any time a need arises even though the team would normally extend necessary assistance to a student in need.
PASS or FAIL:
The trainers will determine if a student will pass or fail based on his performance in training. He should also be able to pass a written examination about all that he/she has learned. He should also pass a series of evaluations with his K9 partner.
Any time during the training, a student may be asked by the trainers to leave for any reason. We have asked students to leave in mid-course for reasons such as weak health, failure to follow instructions, bad attitude, laziness or loafing, unprofessional demeanor, and dishonesty. A notice to leave is a FAIL.
We have decided to remove K9 Handler graduations from our program. We believe that graduation from the course is no reason to celebrate. It is the performance in the field that truly says if that a handler has done well.
We have had graduates who later became disappointments. There are actually quite a few whom we are totally ashamed of. Some of these are with other K9 agencies now. Thus, we have decided to stop this futile practice of graduation rites. For us, it is the handlers who have proven their worth in the field who truly deserve honors and rewards, and not the inexperienced new course finisher.
A Basic K9 Handler Certificate of Completion is awarded to deserving individuals upon completion of the course. A Dog Care Certificate is also awarded after training. These two are requirements for K9 Handler license application with the PNP-SOSIA.
A certificate from Manalo K9 bears a certain sense of prestige. Manalo K9 handlers are known to be the best handlers in the business. Our handlers have been able to pass evaluations form international agencies like the US Department of Defense. You can tell a Manalo K9 handler from others by how much better they are. Thus, it is a valuable piece of documentation that you can be proud of.
K9 HANDLERS' LICENSE
We will assist you in getting this from the PNP SOSIA. You will have to pay the appropriate fees and pass their evaluations. We also offer salary deduction for those who will be our handlers.