Once a litter is born, the puppies’ training begins. Over the first 6-12 months, the future Vapor Wake dogs go through extensive social and environmental raising, supervised by the Canine Performance Sciences 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.
At three months, the puppies begin the human bonding process. The future Vapor Wake dogs are sent to local prisons where the inmates actually help with the training process. This initial human bonding process lasts until the K9 is one year old. This is the initial building block of our Vapor Wake® team configuration of one dog/one handler.
In addition, Auburn University’s Veterinary Sports Medicine Program provides cutting edge physical conditioning, nutritional program design, veterinary care, canine performance research and support to prepare the dogs to work in any environment.
After their year under Auburn University’s social raising program, VWK9 takes over the training for Vapor Wake dogs on their 320-acre training facility in Anniston, AL. Here, the K9s hone their detection skills with patented training specific to Vapor Wake explosives detection. The result is the most versatile K9 unit on the market.