Reliance Security is excited to announce its newest offering — canine security services.
Reliance and its new Director of Canine Security Services, Judith Guthrie, completed the stringent licensing process through the Nevada State Private Investigator’s Licensing Board (PILB) to become one of the few providers in Las Vegas and the state to offer canine services.
“We started receiving a massive influx of requests for canine bomb detection and decided that the demand could best be met through in-house services. We’re one of only a few security companies to provide clients with the added protection they need to host successful, safe events,” shared Reliance Security’s COO, Joel Logan. “In addition to events, we provide dogs for personal protection, as well as for bed bug detection at the 70-plus apartment complexes we service.”
Guthrie is a highly regarded detection dog trainer and handler. She is certified through the National Tactical Police Dog Association (NTPDA) where she is an evaluator for certifications, and with the International Bed Bug Resource Authority (IBBRA) where she serves on the board of directors for the bed bug detection dog division. In addition to being a certified nose work instructor (CNWI), Guthrie is also a judge for multiple associations for the sport of scent work.
“I was raised around working dogs and have always had a passion for dog training and canine behavior,” explained Guthrie. “I’ve been involved in the training of detection and patrol dogs for police, government, and private agencies across the U.S. I’m thrilled to join Reliance and lead their canine division.”
In addition to meeting the PILB requirements, Guthrie had to demonstrate her ability to handle and train watchdogs. During the exam, the dog was required to locate hidden drugs and explosive materials.
“While some canines are cross-trained to detect multiple items like some specialized Contraband canines, most are trained to detect one threat in particular. The number of dogs we’ll use will be based on the size of the event and duration,” said Guthrie. “When the dogs are working, they’re sniffing 200 times per minute in an attempt to find whatever they’re trained to look for. For this reason, I like to rotate dogs frequently to give them the rest they need.”