Approved Guidelines

SWGDOG Approved Guidelines

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SWGDOG Process/Schedule

The SWGDOG process takes 6 months to complete including a 2 month period of public comments which are integral to the process of developing SWGDOG guidelines. Below is the draft schedule for SWGDOG guidelines including the tentative dates when the draft guidelines will be posted for public review by each of the nine subcommittees (SC). All guidelines are living documents and will continue to be developed and updated on a regular basis.

  1. Unification of terminology
    • Part A - April ‘06
    • Part B - October ‘06
    • Part C - March ‘07
    • Part D - August ’07
    • Part E - March ’08
    • Part F – September ’08
    • Part G – March ’09
    • Part H – September ’09
    • Part I – March ’10
    • Part J – September ‘10
  2. General guidelines for training, certification, maintenance and documentation
    • (April ‘06) - Publication in FSC October ’06
    • First Revision (September ’08)
    • Second Revision (September ‘09)
  3. Selection of serviceable dogs and replacement systems
    • (October ‘06) Anticipated Publication in FSC October ‘08
  4. Kenneling, keeping, and health care
    • (October ‘06)
  5. Selection and training of handlers and instructors
    • Part A - October ’06
    • Part B - March ‘10
  6. Procedures on presenting evidence in court
    • (October ‘06)
  7. Research and technology
    • (March ’07; First Revision September ‘10)
  8. Substance dogs
    • Agriculture
    • Arson
    • Drugs
    • Explosives
    • (August ‘07) Chem./Bio.
    • (September ’09) Human remains
  9. Scent dogs
    • Scent identification
    • Search and Rescue
    • Trailing dogs
    • Tracking dogs
      • Part A - March ‘07
      • Part B – August ’07
      • Part C – March ’08
      • Part D – September ’08
      • Part E – September ’09
      • Part F – March ‘10