Technology and science in K9 world

3-4 June 2020, Warsaw Poland


Why 'freeze'? If you are a trainer or dog handler you already know what freeze means. It’s the very moment when your dog is extremely focused just before letting you know that he found something. The moment of your satisfaction that you and your K9 partner did a good job.

FREEZE! a new event in the cynology world . A combination of science and technology focused on working and service dogs.

FREEZE! an international conference for canine professionals and K9 practitioners, a knowledge sharing platform and great opportunity for networking.

FREEZE! an intense 2-days event filled with lectures and meetings with world-class specialists: scientists and experienced practitioners.

FREEZE! the place where science meets technology in K9 world.

The first FREEZE! International Working Dog Conference will be held June 3rd-4th, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

The key value of FREEZE! is knowledge offered to attendees – brought by world class experts in the fields of breeding, training and using service/working dogs.

Our ambition is to make FREEZE! a cyclic event, recognized source of knowledge in cynology.

The conference is designed for people who are professionally engaged in the broad area of working/service dogs as well as institutions that use K9s for various purposes:

  • search and rescue services
  • law enforcement and military
  • companies, institutions and individuals professionally engaged in breeding and training working dogs
  • dog handlers, trainers and vets
  • persons responsible for managing and developing K9 capabilities in their institutions
  • scientists, cynologists
  • NGOs

FREEZE! International Working Dog Conference is organized by IRMA foundation (NGO/Public Benefit Organization) and SOF Project company.

FREEZE! IWDC 2020 starts in...

Register to FREEZE! International Working Dog Conference 2020 now!

  • Early Bird ticket 350 EUR (util 29th of February 2020)
  • Regular ticket 400 PLN (since 1st of March 2020)

Keynote Speakers

Well known canine scientists and practitioners

For 30 years trained dogs and instructed owners in the training of retrievers for competition. His owners and their dogs were successful in the hunting field and at national competitions. Since 2008 has been working with SOF units, including FBI HRT, US Army Special Forces Groups, German GSG9, Polish GROM and many others. Responsible for evaluating Multi-Purpose K9s, establishing training plans and monitoring canine progress.
  • Lee



    Chemist and biologist, currently serving as the U.S. Army Research Office Chief Scientist. His work at the ARO includes basic research directed towards hazardous materials management, studies in decontamination, detection, and protection. He coordinates and manages the research programs focused on basic and applied research needs for Military Working Dogs (MWDs). The MWD research includes science and technology to supplement the capability of the canine as well as veterinary needs and overall conditioning.

  • Scheifele

    Peter M.


    Founder and Executive Director of FETCHLAB™ USA renowned for investigating and conducting clinical animal audiology, vocal mechanisms and marine bioacoustics. U.S. Army Special Forces and DOD subject matter expert (SME) on tactical military working dog audiology and Canine PTSI. Professor of human neuroaudiology in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and otology and neurology in the School of Medicine and of animal audiology and bioacoustics. Numerous publications on canine and marine mammal hearing and audiology.

  • Schoon



    Profesionally involved in working with scent detection dogs for law enforcement since 1991. Since 1997 has been doing research projects in explosive, drug, human remains and corrosion detection, puppy selection and training programs. Member of the Interpol European Working Group on the use of Dogs for Criminal Investigation and of the FBI funded SWGDOG. Has worked for the Global Training Centre for Mine Detection Dogs in Bosnia, the Dutch National Police K9 Unit, Dutch Customs, Dutch Army and Fjellanger Detection and Training Academy in Norway. K9 instructor in Frontex, member of the EU working group on explosive detection dogs.

  • Frank



    Dr. Jens Frank from the Scandinavian Working Dog Institute (SWDI) trains handlers and working dogs, mainly from police and armed forces. He also has a position as associate professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His specialization, among others, is non line of sight K9 directional and remote control, used for detection and recon.

  • Gustavsson



    Full time trainer and instructor at renowned Scandinavian Working Dog Institute where he works with K9 police, military and other law enforcement units. Co-author of book 'Tracking Dogs – Scents and Skills' (published 2011, available in 30 countries worldwide). Tobias specializes in tracking and scent detection and has extensive experience in developing K9 capabilities in different organizations. Biologist, doing research projects on working dogs at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

  • Heidt



    Active member of the Special Intervention Unit of the Bundespolizei (German Federal Police). SOF K9 handler since 2013, when the Special Operations K9-Program has started, based on operant-conditioning-methods. K9-Instructor for guidance-dogs and radio-guided EDD. As an expert in the field of ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) he utilized and developed technical solutions and training-designs for K9 according to CT-operations by using dogs as operative instruments. He has close contacts and networks to SOF and other partners all over the globe.

Conference agenda

The following subjects will be covered during FREEZE! IWDC 2020

Pat Nolan

Directional Training for Working Canines

Pat Nolan

Push Pull Training in Drive

Peter M. Scheifele, Ph.D. LCDR USN

Canine tactical audiology and noise impacts

Stephen J. Lee, Ph.D.

Military working dog science and technology for the future: Needs and opportunities

Adee Schoon, Dr.

Perception of the odor/pseudo scents

Jens Frank, Dr.

How to conduct effective scenario based training

Dirk Heidt

Integration of technology with dogs - applicability and limitations in training and missions

More topics and detailed agenda will be revealed soon.

Sponsors and media patrons



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Conference Venue

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Al. Hrabska 4b, 05-090 Raszyn-Falenty, Warszaw, Poland



Our venue is located 11km from Chopin Airport and 14km from Warsaw city center.

Places To Stay

FREEZE! IWDC attendees will be offered special discount for accomodation in Warsaw Plaza Hotel (promotional link with discount code will be provided to attendees). There are multiple hotels in the vicinity: near conference location and airport.