VWK9 & Our Partnership with Auburn University
Who doesn’t love a good puppy story? Vapor Wake® has been patented by Auburn University and licensed by Auburn to VWK9 as their commercial partner. Vapor Wake® began with years of research, breeding, and testing at Auburn University’s Canine Performance Sciences (CPS) program. This technology is at the cutting edge of canine security training and provides an unparalleled service to security teams.
Our dogs undergo an 18-month training process which includes socialization, enviromentalization, cognitive testing and fMRI’s and only the top 10% from each litter are forwarded to VWK9 for operational readiness and odor imprintation. As soon as a litter is born, our puppies’ training begins. Over the first 0-6 months, the future Vapor Wake® dogs go through extensive social and environmental raising, supervised by Auburn University staff. Puppies are exposed to a variety of stimuli and environments in order to prepare them to work in loud, distracting, and crowded environments without losing focus.
It doesn’t end there, between 6-12 months the puppies go to federal prisons, not because they are being punished, quite the opposite, again under the supervision of Auburn University department of veterinary medicine our puppies are paired with a pre-selected prisoner, under the federally regulated program our dogs live in prison for 6 months.
It’s after the now 12-month old dogs have satisfied all of Auburn and VWK9’s strict selection criteria and testing that they come to our Anniston center of excellence, it is here they begin their Vapor Wake® training in earnest, we prepare them operationally and imprint the scientific odors before pairing them with their dedicated handlers.