MSA Canine Detection Teams Experience Best-in-Class Training

Our highly-successful Canine Detection Program is rooted in an unmatched training philosophy and truly unique-to-the-industry focus on the development of single-purpose, single-handler teams that are trained exclusively in explosive odor detection.

It all begins at our state-of-the-art 73,000 square-foot training facility in Windsor, CT, where we are one of the few companies licensed by the ATF to purchase, store and train using live explosives. MSA Canine Detection Teams are never trained on pseudo-explosive odors. This is a key distinction in the industry that gives MSA bomb dogs an edge that is unattainable in standard training environments. MSA trains on all five families of explosives and homemade explosives (HMEs) – including TATP, HMTD, Potassium Chlorate, Ammonium Nitrate and Urea Nitrate. The canines are also imprinted and trained on ammunition and firearms.


The MSA Canine Detection Training Philosophy Counters Contamination

MSA is committed financially and philosophically to eliminating all contamination, we never train on pseudo explosive odors and does not “cocktail” during imprintation or training. A crucial distinction, this means that MSA Canine Detection Teams are trained on pure odors to ensure effective recognition in the field. This commitment requires greater in-house diligence, as well as additional time, resources and expense – but it is an area without compromise that makes a critical difference in our program’s success.


7 ATF Licensed Training Centers

To support our national fleet of Canine Detection Teams, MSA Security has expanded to 7 regional ATF licensed training centers throughout the country. These facilities allow teams to be trained and tested on live explosives as often as once per month. Regular exposure to live explosive odors is critical to maintaining a working dog’s capability. MSA’s investment in these regional facilities underscore’s the company’s commitment to delivering the most effective teams in the private industry.

MSA Canine Detection Team Trining Site Map

A Proven Explosive Odor Detection Training Method

MSA Canine Detection training prepares dogs for explosive detection in four proven phases:

Breeding: A rigorous vetting process selects best-in-class sporting breeds with a keen sense of smell, strong drive, intelligence, stable temperament and eagerness to please.

Socialization: The selection of dogs with an impressive level of existing socialization accelerates the training process and yields impressive results.

Imprintation: Following basic obedience training, MSA dogs begin comprehensive olfactory training where they learn to sniff out 32 different explosive odors with a “sit” alert response. Dogs are trained daily utilizing either food or play rewards depending on their individual interest and always using real, uncontaminated explosives.

Operational: Critical specialty module training focuses on real-life field work and will often directly reflect the dog / handler deployment. 


Specialty Training Modules

Continued Training Education for MSA Canine Detection Teams

The threat of explosives is ever changing. MSA’s highly-acclaimed Canine Detection Program is consistently evaluated to meet the highest level of performance standards and market distinction. Our dog / handler teams receive world-class training prior to releasing into the field and are provided continual education throughout their careers. Semi-annual training includes Explosive Identification classes for handlers, which are taught by bomb technicians experienced in the latest explosive threats. These classes ensure that our handlers are always ready for real-life, real-threat scenarios and the progression of homemade explosives. While not a requirement, MSA also chooses to annually administer the Department of Justice National Odor Recognition Test (DOJ NORT) certification for all teams.

To learn more about our Windsor Training Facility or to schedule a visit, email info@msasecurity.net.