Level 4: Trailing Master

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Article collection and use is the same as with Level I.

1) The track/ trail

A) The trail will be approximately 1500 yards and hard surface only coupled with 3 turns. There will be at least two obstacles the K9 team must negotiate or bypass. The age will be approximately 4 hours old.

B) The subject will be down-wind and hiding.

C) The handler must articulate the dog’s ID.

D) 1 moving human or animal distraction should be part of the testing environment




The Tactical Tracker Teams certification program has never been for the masses. It is an exceptional training program for exceptional handlers and dogs. Very few pass our certifications standards. Our process was the first of it’s kind in trailing and has been the basis for many modern certifications for other departments and organizations world wide.

TTTK9 leads the way in professionalism and commitment to the art of trailing and our crest is indicative of our esprit de corps. The Gurkha knives wrapped around the K9 paw represent the use of the trailing dog to “cut” the trail. The knives themselves are a tribute to the US Army Combat Tracker Team veterans and their instructors who helped to establish our tactical training way of life 15 years ago. The positioning of the knives represents the yin and yang balanced philosophy of our style of K9 Handling. The cords on the knives represent the handler bound to the code of honesty in the art of trailing.

The rocker system is new and pays tribute to the devotion to training our handlers must have to pass our standards of testing. Each level has a separate rocker combination:

Level 1-Trailing Handler and Bellatorum Semita or “Warrior Path”

TTT K9 Trailing Handler

Level 2-Trailing Specialist and Ductus Exemplo or “Lead by Example”

TTT K9 Trailing Specialist

Level 3-Trailing Expert and Factis Ut Credam Facis or ” Deeds, Then I believe you”

TTT K9 Trailing Expert
Level 4- Trailing Trainer in Gold with Docendo Discimus or “Learning by Teaching”

TTT K9 Trailing Trainer

The patches are a set of three and will feature velcro backing for easy change on uniforms. Full sets will only be available to past and future K9 handlers who have passed our stringent testing process. All handlers who have passed their certifications in the past will have priority shipping. The TTTK9 crest alone is available to the general public. Rockers are for certification holders only. Please contact me by email if you would like to order.

TTT Crest Certification Set: $15.00
TTT Crest Only: $8.00