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Our K9 program has been established for several years, sorry nothing current. Contact a K9 Master Trainer in your area to help you design a proposal to suit your needs.


For start-up cost, hop online and use an average from dealers. 


A quick, basic list of start cost City Council will want- Cost of K9, time and cost of training [include your pay while training plus gas and meals if provided by your city] , insert for vehicle and related equipment such as water bowels, cooling fans, auto door opener so on so on, Vet, meds and food, leads, harness, E-collar [if used], kennel at home for K9 off duty, fence around yard [if required]. 


Other considerations, Take home car for call outs, once basic training with K9 is completed, in-service training and re-certifications,  compensation for care and up-keep of K9 while off duty and prior to shift. I was told by my Chief that a K9 hanlder MUST be compensated for care and up-keep of K9,  ie; comp time or pay, this is mandated by some federal FSLA act.


If you need anything else just holler, Good luck.  

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The start up cost is always going to be a shocker. Like the previous poster said, you have to consider several items. I'd suggest writing the proposal in three phases. Phase I is start up. You must consider; price of dog, training, recurring training (time and schedule), certification (membership in a recognized canine association (ie. USPCA, NAPWDA), kennel, transport vehicle, equipment and vet costs. Phase II would include your recurring costs; annual health check ups, emergency vet visits (dogs get sick, injured etc) equipment replacement, food. Phase III, Expected benefits: What do you expect the department to gain from having a dog, whether it's drug detection, subject apprehension, or whatever role the dog will play. I"d vist http://www.k9fleck.org/ and be able to answer questions about why routine training is required, why handler's must be compensated for off duty care of the animal, the handler's liability, departmental liability. Lay it all and be able to answer any questions. My experience is, departments are more afraid of unanswered questions than anything else. Good luck.


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I have a Excel program for equipment cost. I also aquired a excel for training so if anyone needs one let me know I'll email it.


I'm going to offer to buy the dog just in case if I change depts I dont want to leave it behind . I know there are equipment cost I think i'm going to leave out small things like leads and collars i'll pay for those.  What i need is stuff the dept will pay for like car / kennel / yearly training.. travel expenses. does anyone keep track of there yearly stuff that I could look at to mirror it .


 


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The costs would be specific to you. contact a vet see what they charge for the annual stuff you'd need. Training costs is more time than money. Of course time is money, but your time has already been budgeted. The "industry" standard for training time is 16 hours per month. Whoever does your schedule would need to know about that. I don't know what travel you'd be doing, unless it's to a certification. For that you'd need to know what organization you want to join ie, USPCA, NAPWDA etc, the annual dues and where the trials are located. Often they aren't that far away.


Just as a side note. We don't allow personally owned dogs. In our program they are property of the state, the handler does not own them. 


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The costs would be specific to you. contact a vet see what they charge for the annual stuff you'd need. Training costs is more time than money. Of course time is money, but your time has already been budgeted. The "industry" standard for training time is 16 hours per month. Whoever does your schedule would need to know about that. I don't know what travel you'd be doing, unless it's to a certification. For that you'd need to know what organization you want to join ie, USPCA, NAPWDA etc, the annual dues and where the trials are located. Often they aren't that far away.


Just as a side note. We don't allow personally owned dogs. In our program they are property of the state, the handler does not own them. 



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