World Class K9 Instructors

Meet the K-9 Instructors at HITS 2020

HITS presents leading K-9 instructors with an amazing wealth of experience to share.   These qualified instructors will present classes on all aspects of K-9 handling.

Meet Eric Stanbro
A 23-year veteran of law enforcement. Previous assignment was full time K9
trainer for Canton Ohio as well as head trainer for the Police K9 Association, which
consists of 40 K9 teams. He worked 4 dogs as a handler to include 3 as a member of
a busy, inner city SWAT team. He worked patrol, undercover narcotics, as well as K9. He was a member of SWAT for 14.5 years. Assistant team leader, sniper, and handled K9s. His specialty was training hostage rescue and room entries as well as K9 integration. Additionally, he worked as trainer for west coast contract providing training for Naval Special Warfare (SEALs) Multi-Purpose Canine program in 2013 and 2014.  Currently commissioned to Alliance Ohio Police Dept.  Eric Owes Vaness K9 academy and co-owns and instructs for High Risk Police K9 and co-owns and-cohosts Working Dog Radio.

Meet Ted Summers

Ted has been involved in working K9’s for over a decade in various forms from retrievers, to hunting terriers, to protection and police service dogs.  His specialties are grip work and development, patrol and utility work, proper decoy work, detection training, and K9 policy and procedure, K9 selection and green dog testing, and Scenario Based Training.   Ted is a certified Senior level PSA decoy.  Ted teaches our decoy and handler schools and our SWAT/SORT integration seminars as well as our decoy camp for police service trainers and handlers and does numerous camps for military special operations.  Ted is the co-owner at Torchlight K9.  Torchlight has K9 teams working in 18 states and 3 countries.  Torchlight K9 hosts several CLEET accredited courses.  Ted is also one of the co-hosts and Co owners of Working Dog Radio.   Ted is also a co-owner and instructor for High Risk Deployment K9.

Course Presentations:
Scenario Based training for Patrol teams

Introduction to Combat tracking

The aims of the lesson,

To give you as a handler a greater understanding of operational combat tracking and the knowledge to orientate future training of your K9 towards an operational role.

To include,

Understanding the scent picture, its movement and diffusion

Training a K9 tracker for operational deployment.

The importance of scent discrimination

Visual indicators of human disturbance, how to gather and process information about the quarry from the track that can be used to assist in the apprehension.

Recognizing and understanding proximity indicators in your dog.

Combat tracking formations.

K-9 Nutrition: Is your dog on the right fuel and how do you know?

Does your dog itch continuously, lose hair, have a dull-stiff or brittle coat or show signs of coat dander or flaking?  Do you feed him 5-6-7-8 cups of food or more a day to maintain their weight?  Does your dog’s stool look like a cow patty, are they gassy?  There is a reason for this and you don’t have to look much further than the bag of food…

This is a fast paced, interactive class that teaches the student; how to read a nutritional label, define what “that” ingredient is.  How to tell a good dog food from a bargain brand and understand how minerals and vitamins get depleted in a K9 Officer and pictures of what happens when you don’t replace the nutrients.  You don’t fuel a high-performance car or motorcycle with low octane gas and expect it to reach peak perform and it is the same with your K9 Athlete….  By the end of the class you will be armed with the ability to look at your canine and see the effects of poor diet and what changes you can do to correct them.

Meet Dave Dourson

Dave is the co-owner and co-founder of Kinetic Performance Dog Food (KPDF).  Dave has 30 years of experience in various blue-water business ventures that focused on filling a “need” that, many times, in the corporate world, are overlooked by CFO’s that focused on profit, over quality.

Dave and his partner, John Howard, met while working for a large, mid-west based, pet food company in 2009, witnessing firsthand the real factors that go into ingredient selection of most foods.  With a desire to focus on animal health over profitability, the two left corporate America and started their own company in 2011. The pair spent countless hours working with various kennels across the United States on K9 nutrition with a goal of discovering the best ingredient formulation for working and sporting dogs.

Dave has conducted numerous seminars across the USA, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and Great Britain for various divisions of the DOD, Homeland Security, USSS, Military, DEA, DHS/TSA, Intercom, State as well as hundreds of State and Local PDs teaching the Handler how to quickly identify nutritional deficiencies in their K9 partner.

Meet John Howard

John is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of 3-Amigos Nutrition Group and Kinetic Performance Dog Food. John has nearly 30 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Animal Nutrition and formerly managed the Pet Food Division of a large animal nutrition company. An owner and amateur bird dog trainer, John has been directly entrenched in nutrition for working and sporting dogs for more than a decade. John oversees all the Marketing and Nutrition activities for 3-Amigos and the Kinetic brand. When he’s not in the field with his Labrador Retrievers, you’ll most likely find him conducting nutrition seminars, working on new products or marketing programs, or writing nutrition articles for working and sporting dog publications.

Civil Liability and Use of Police Canines

This course will cover the fundamentals of civil liability and the use of police canines as a force option.  Students will learn common sources of liability as well as how to potential civil exposure for using canines.  The course will include a survey of case law from around the country as well as discussion of specific lawsuits defended by the instructor.  Students will also receive an overview of the civil litigation process and tips for persuasive explaining their use of force.

Meet Taylor Rahn

Taylor is an attorney from Albuquerque, NM who specializes in representing law enforcement officers and agencies in civil litigation arising out of use of force.  Ms. Rahn has successfully defended law enforcement officers and agencies in New Mexico state and federal court as well as the Tenth Circuit of Appeals.  Ms. Rahn is a New Mexico Department of Public Safety certified professional lecturer on civil liability for officers and frequently lectures at academies and advanced training courses throughout New Mexico.  Ms. Rahn is especially passionate about representing officers due to her close family ties to law enforcement.


By attending the NePoPo®class, you will be armed with tools and techniques on how to connect with your K9 partner on a deeper level, install a desire and passion in the animal who will execute learned behaviors under high distractions in the real world. The techniques learned in this class can be applied to any phase of dog training as well as any Police K9 application.

Meet Justin Rigney

Justin Rigney has over 25 years of professional dog training experience and was a Law Enforcement Officer for 17 years, 10 of which he spent as a K-9 handler and trainer. His unique back ground and experience in civilian dog training as well as Police service dog training sets him a part from other trainers in his field. Justin’s passion for dog training is evident as he has assisted thousands of pet dog owners in enhancing their relationship with their dogs, bridging the gap of communication with their beloved four legged family members. Justin utilizes a proven, reliable, humane and clear, real world training system, which produces results and a dog who knows its job and loves its job. During his Law Enforcement career, Justin was fortunate enough to have been able to work three patrol dogs. Justin is a former member of the Davie Police Department and their K‐9 unit where he was a handler for K‐9 “Vader”, a Belgian Malinois who was produced from his own breeding program. Going from watching Vader take his vey first breath in life, to becoming a productive K-9 partner was extremely rewarding. K-9 “Bosko”, an all black GSD (German Shepherd Dog) was responsible for hundreds of arrests and apprehensions of violent felony offenders and has been instrumental in the recovery of numerous articles of valuable evidence. Post retirement, Bosko obtained his Brevet in French Ring sport. His last patrol dog K‐9 “Zeke” is a sable GSD who has been raised from a puppy by Justin and his wife Alison. Zeke was a proven, JUSTIN RIGNEY vigilant and tenacious police service dog during his career. Most notably defending his handler during a deadly force encounter and officer involved shooting. Zeke will continue to work and compete in civilian dog sport. Justin was a Corporal and trainer for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which had 60 dogs department wide. During his professional dog training career he has trained with hundreds of Police K‐9 teams, competed in Schutzhund, Ring Sport and other dog sports. He has also trained dogs for celebrities, professional athletes and thousands of pet dog owners. Justin graduated and has been awarded a diploma in the NePoPo Gold training system, the modern language of dog training by Bart Bellon. Justin was formerly the President of the Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association ( and was one of the founding members. He was also a judge and instructor for FLECA. Justin has also been retained in civil litigation as an expert witness in K‐9 training, use of force and deployment. He has had the opportunity to certify and train hundreds of Police K‐9 teams. Justin continually pursues further knowledge of dog training in many different applications by training with some of the top canine trainers in the world.

Operational Based Explosive Dog Training & Importance of Search Intel

Paul completed a 2yr Advanced EDD study at VWK9`s Academy, in which 100+ Police, Military and Private Sector EDD dog teams were tested on an operational based training and Intel gathering exercise and the results will surprise you & reinforce why this speaker session is a must to attend. Correct operational based training and use of task intelligence is the number one factor for EDD team success during operational Tasks.

Body Worn Explosive Detection

Understanding the difference between traditional Detection Dogs, People Screening Dogs and Mass Screening Dogs). All three have an important but very different role in canine operations, and canines should be trained uniquely for each discipline. The threat of a body-worn explosive and weapons attack is real, and understanding the types of detection dogs available and their correct training, use and deployment is key to detection success. This informative presentation is delivered by Paul Hammond, President of Vapor Wake® K9.

Meet Paul Hammond

26+ years’ Working dog experience,

22yrs of which seen continuous canine operations in hostile environments; 8yrs directing canine programs in support of high-profile government organizations including the US Department of State and the Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.

15 years of continuous canine operations in Northern Ireland deployed with the British Military Army Dog Unit, during some of the most challenging & hostile times in its history; completing many high threat operational detection tasks, against live explosive devices.

Paul also completed 6yrs as a working dog adviser in support of the British Government Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), and more recently worked alongside Auburn University`s Canine Research & Development Program on various US Canine Defense & Research projects.

Paul had recently returned from briefing the EU Working Dog Commission (representatives of 22 – countries) on Body-worn Explosive K9 Detection.

In addition Paul is the President of the Cargo Screening K9 Alliance® and Founder/Owner (Handler Recruitment Agency).

A New Look at Canine Detection Problem Solving

This two-hour course will reveal a new way of observing and deconstructing the chain of behaviors demonstrated during a single “detection” exercise. Utilizing this information will accurately identify the area(s) needing additional training.  This gives the trainer/handler a guide for selecting specific training exercises targeting those areas needing improvement. This system is also of tremendous value when training and evaluating new canine detection teams by earlier identification of weak areas or areas desiring improvement.  This course has numerous video clips of various detection dogs (explosives, narcotics, cadaver and other) to assist and facilitate learning.


Meet Don Blair


Donald E. Blair



Canine Intelligence Academy (CIA): Founder and President

1984 – Present

CIA offers consulting, training, seminars and workshops for working and sport K9 teams

including 1:1 training, law enforcement / military department level consulting, and

weekend/week-long seminars in operant conditioning, detection work,

tracking/trailing and protection/apprehension. Chicago Police K9 Contractor for all Vapor Wake K9 Teams and other K9 Government K9 Explosive K9 agencies


Canine Therapy Corps: Program Leader/K9 Team Trainer

2011 – Present

Oversee interactive canine physical therapy program with volunteer K9 teams. Train and advise and assist K9 teams with patient activities to facilitate recovery at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Shirley Ryan Ability Labs.


Mass Transit Canine Services: Owner/Partner


Train, maintain and operationally prepare explosive and narcotic K9 detection teams for Amtrak Police Department nationwide.


Mass Transit Canine Services: Owner/Partner


Train, maintain and operationally prepare explosive and narcotic K9 detection teams for Amtrak Police Department nationwide.


Scientific Working Group for Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines

(SWGDOG): Executive Board Member

2008 – 2015

Provided recommendations, oversight and consulting for the development of best practices for world-wide use for detector dogs.


Strijder Group K9: Cooper, Texas: Vice President Research & Development

5/2011 – 11/2012

Worked as a consultant to Auburn University’s Canine Detection Training Center

(Ft. McClellan AL developing training curriculum, evaluating current policies, and

canine evaluation of prospective detective and patrol dogs. Oversaw all aspects

of the canine training program and was responsible for evaluating and rehabilitating

under-performing dogs, or returned dogs with temperament or

behavior issues.

Specialized assignments included

• Developed a Navy SEAL basic canine handler’s course

• Development of an advanced course for traditional and vapor way canines

• Oversight of tracking patrol work, detection work and article search work

• Performed annual field certifications for explosive detection dogs

• Oversaw training that met certification for US Military Special Forces, US

Capital Police, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Protective

Services and various state and local agencies.


US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – Canine Center, Front Royal, VA:

Canine Training Specialist

7/2007 – 5/2011

Performed a variety of activities including:

• Scientific research study on canine detection of smuggled fire-arms

(resulting in a new national training and certification process)

• Environmental enrichment study for kenneled working dogs

• Development of a canine behavior and temperament test

• Advised on a course of study on advanced field training on canine

aggression and on canine detection of HU-210 (synthetic


• Human remains detection training and team evaluations

• Oversaw the CPB canine breeding program (GSDs and Labradors)


Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Chicago, IL: Canine Training /


3/2007 – 7/2007

Provided advice and oversight of US canine operations with regard to narcotics,

patrol and apprehension, kenneling, record keeping, training aid storage and

handling. Specialized in the development of training protocols and provided

trained teams for Chicago’s metropolitan train systems. Coordinated over a

hundred explosive searches in a variety of environments including Chicago’s

Soldier’s Field, The United Center, several high rise buildings and mass transit



Canine Associates International, Leland, IL: Managing Director

12/2004 – 3/2007

Responsible for the development of a proprietary canine training system for

detection work. In addition, oversaw canine selection testing, and canine/handler

evaluation criteria. Instructed and participated in a variety of training seminars

including law enforcement, SWAT and anti-terrorism/narcotics courses. Traveled

extensively overseeing CAI global canine operations including the deployment of

teams to South Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.


Customs Border Protection, Nogales, AZ: Canine Branch Chief

10/2002 – 12/2004

Responsible for supervising and directing the Nogales Canine Section in all

DHS/CBP anti-terrorism inspections and special enforcement operations.

Detection work included explosive, narcotic, human, agricultural and chemical.

Managed enforcement operations involving off site call-outs and pre-primary,

primary and secondary screening and inspection areas for various conveyances

and passenger operations. Performed research and development projects and

was a technical advisor to CBP and DHS management for Canine Enforcement

Program activities. Implemented cost preserving activities that still maintained

overall training effectiveness.


Customs Border Protection/US Customs: San Luis, AZ: Supervisory Canine

Enforcement Officer

3/1999 – 10/2002

Responsible for the supervision and direction of the canine section of CBP

inspections and special enforcement tasks including weekly/monthly

performance evaluations. In addition, oversaw the conduct of various R&D

projects involving temperature testing of ground cover materials and detection

assessment of canines in the presence of ozone generators. Generated training

courses on K9 selection and evaluation of K9 body language, and procurement

protocols and entrance evaluation tests. Was called as an expert witness on

canine detection skills, training and application to the US Attorney’s office.

Canine section in 2001 was the lead in narcotics seizures for the three year



US Customs – Canine Enforcement Training Center, Front Royal, VA:

Instructor/ Course Developer

8/1991 – 8/1999

Responsible for developing specialized training courses for detector dogs and

their handlers. Topics included: canine procurement, principles of detector dog

training, canine search patterns, developing green canines and handlers, canine

department supervision. Was also responsible for monitoring, testing and

evaluating field and classroom performance of canine enforcement teams, and

assessed and reported on training effectiveness. Provided training to outside

agencies in detection (narcotics, human remains, search and rescue,

tracking/trailing). Provided training to foreign groups. Received numerous awards

for training contributions.


US Customs, El Paso, TX: Canine Enforcement Officer

7/1989 – 8/1991

Responsible for inspections, law enforcement and canine handling/training

across a variety of environments (airports, railroads, border crossings, etc).

Provided technical and behavioral assessments of other teams including problem

solving and expansion of training environments to improve effectiveness.

Received multiple awards for narcotics seizures.


Pueblo County Sheriffs Department, Pueblo, CO: Sheriffs Deputy / Canine


2/1989 – 7/1989

Responsible for law enforcement activities including handling a patrol/detection

dog for narcotics, cadaver, building, article/evidence searches as well as

tracking/trailing and apprehension work. Was selected to assist in the training of

all department dogs. Generated department Standard Operating Procedures

(SOPs) for canine deployments, use of force policy, specialized training

requirements and overall use. Routinely provided testimony in court. Led the

region (AZ, WY, CO and UT) for number of narcotics seizures and arrests made.


Ignacio Police Department, Ignacio, CO: Police Canine Officer

10/1988 – 2/1989

Served as the sole canine officer in the department responsible for law

enforcement. Generated SOPs for canine applications, use of force policies and

training/deployment. Actively deployed in narcotic, human remains and building

searches; tracking/trailing and search and rescue activities. Received Letter of

Commendation for currency and drug seizure.


Durango Police Department, Durango, CO: Police Canine Officer

1/1988 – 10/1988

Served as the sole canine officer in the department. Coordinated the start-up of a

narcotics detection program and oversaw training in narcotics, cadaver,

obedience, article search, tracking/trailing and apprehension. Generated

department SOPs. Worked as an Assistant Instructor with Colorado State

Patrol/Drug Enforcement Administration in the Criminal Interdiction Program.

Qualified and competed in the National Police Dog Championships placing 11th

out of 126 teams.


La Junta Police Department, La Junta, CO: Police Canine Officer

12/1984 – 1/1988

Served as a canine officer responsible for law enforcement. Was selected to

assist in the training of the department’s canines eventually serving as the head

trainer. Developed and implemented a complete Police Dog Training Program.

Assisted the Durango Police Dept in the creation of their canine program. Served

as an Assistant Child Abuse – Sexual Assault Investigator and handled special

investigations. Qualified and served as a member of the Special Weapons Team.

Received several awards and letters of commendation.



Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

• Some College Coursework Completed

• 20+ Credits 1982-83

• Major: Fish and Game Wildlife Management

Trinidad State Jr. College, Trinidad, Colorado, Certification, 4/85

Attended and graduated from the Colorado Peace Officers Academy



• Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

• AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

• International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Attendance

4/2013; Dogs of Course, Warwick, RI

• Clicker Expo: Attendance 4/12; Karen Pryor Nashville TN

• Contemporary Animal Training and Management Workshop Certification,

12/2011, Natural Encounters Inc. Winter Haven, FL

• Advanced Animal Training and Operant Conditioning Workshop with Bob

Bailey Certification, 05/2010

• Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, Sequim, WA

• Advanced Animal Operant Conditioning Workshop on Discrimination,

Certification, 12/2009

• Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, Sequim, WA

• Advanced Animal Operant Conditioning Workshop on Cueing:

Certification, 12/2009

• Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, Sequim, WA

• Advanced Animal Operant Conditioning Workshop on Criteria

Certification, 12/2009

• Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, Sequim, WA

• Advanced Animal Training and Behavior Course, Chicago, IL;

Certification, 3/2008: 40 hours of advanced lecture and hands on training

and live examples with Ken Ramirez on animal intelligence, human

emotion and anthropomorphism, basic operant conditioning, informal

interactions, husbandry training, social groups, advanced training

techniques, aggression, advanced, training games, problem-solving

techniques and complex training.

• Advanced Animal Training and Behavior Course, Munich, Germany:

Certification, 12/2007 40 hours of advanced lecture with Ken Ramirez on

animal intelligence, human emotion and anthropomorphism, basic operant

conditioning, informal interactions, husbandry training, social groups,

advanced training techniques, aggression, advanced, training games,

problem-solving techniques and complex training.

• Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, MA Certification,


• Tufts’ Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference

• Advanced Animal Behavior North American Veterinary Services, Orlando,

FL, Certification, 7/2005

• Attended a 75-hour course (lecture and hands on training) on Advanced

Animal Behavior and Training hosted by North American Veterinary


• U.S. Customs Basic Academy (Canine Enforcement Officer): Front Royal,

VA, Certification, 8/1989; Attended and graduated with Honors

• U.S. Customs Course Developer/Instructor Canine Academy, Front Royal,

VA Certification, 9/1992

• U.S. Customs Firearms Instructor Academy, Federal Law Enforcement

Training Center Brunswick, Georgia, Certification, 12/1992 Attended and

graduated with Honors.

• U.S. Customs Basic Instructor Course, Brunswick, Georgia, Certification,




• Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal detector Guidelines

Executive Board Member

• United States Police Canine Association- Member

• California Narcotics Canine Association- Member

• Animal Behavior Society- Member



• 2010: Best Practices and Innovation Award from the (A) Commissioner of

Customs and Border Protection, David Aguilar for a research and

development project on dogs detecting currency and firearms.

• 2009: received a cash award for work done on Customs and Border

Protection Canine Breeding Program.

• 2008: received a cash award for work done on the Customs and Border

Protection Canine Breeding Program and Kennel Design project.

• 2007 received two “Dinner for Two” awards and a $1,000.00 dollar cash

award for work done on the breeding program and canine procurement.

• In 2005 and 2006 received salary bonuses from Canine Associates

International for the ground up development and management of the

canine training center in Leland, IL and my management work in the U.S.

and overseas. Received additional individual project awards for work in

Iraq, several contracts for training and international demonstrations.

• 1989 – 2004: received numerous written awards and certificates from US

Customs Service including 6 Special Act/Service Awards and 12

Performance Awards.

• 1999-2004: received six Superior Achievement Awards for work at the

San Luis, Lukeville and Nogales Ports of Entry.

• 2002 awarded extra leave for participation in the San Luis POE “Bring

Your Child to Workday”.

• 2002: used as canine subject matter expert at the U.S. Customs Canine

Enforcement Training Center to instruct a basic CEO Course and perform

an advisory role for the Director on canine procurement, instructional

issues and the breeding program.

• 2000: Letter of Acknowledgement from the Director, U.S. Customs

Academy John McKay for “Distinguished Academic Performance” at the

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

• 2000: attended a newly developed 7-week Inspector Course at FLETC for

Canine Field Managers and was noted as an Academic Honor Graduate

of the class.

• 2000: received a Letter of Appreciation from Port Director McNamara for

Instruction of a Supervisory Customs Inspector Canine Supervisors

Course, Front Royal, VA.

• 2000: received a Letter of Appreciation from Assistant Commissioner of

Customs, for Outstanding Contribution on the Process Improvement


• 2000: Received Letter of Appreciation from Director, Office of Field

Operations for my involvement with the National Training Plan Task Force,

Washington, DC.

• 1999: selected to be an Advisor/Mentor to all Process Improvement

Teams in the Southern California and Caribbean Customs Management


• 1999: received a Letter of Appreciation from the Director, Arizona

Department of Corrections Samuel Sublett for continued support and

canine assistance with correctional contraband sweeps.

• 1998: received a Letter of Appreciation from the Commissioner, U.S.

Customs Service, Raymond Kelly for Outstanding Service in the Canine

Enforcement Program.

• 1998: received a Letter of Appreciation from the Vice Admiral U.S. Navy,

J.B. Perkins, for Canine Demonstration and Public Relations performed for

the U.S. Drug Czar W. MaCaffrey.

• 1996: received a Letter of Recognition from the Office of Treasury

Reinvention for my Leadership and Instructional abilities in the areas of

Government Reinvention and Process Improvement.

• 1996: received two Recognition Awards from U.S. Customs Commissioner

George Weiss, for work with Treasury Reinvention and Business Process

Improvement Instruction to the Customs Management Centers.

• 1996: received the Secretary of Treasury Award, presented by Robert

Rubin for work done on Canine Procurement Process Improvement Team,

reinventing the Government.

• 1996: received the U.S. Customs Commissioners Unit Citation, for work

on the Canine Procurement Process Improvement Team.

• 1994: received Instructional Recognition and Award for instructing the

Canine Supervisors Course in Venezuela, given by the Guardia National,


• 1994: received an Instructional Recognition and Award for instructing

Canine Supervisors Course in Venezuela, given by the Colombian

National Police, Bogota, Columbia.

• 1991: received a cash award and Letter of Recognition from the El Paso

District Director for Exceptional Enforcement Skills and Effort with my U.S.

Customs Canine Blitz.

• 1989: received Distinguished Service Award for Excellency in job

performance for Police Canine Narcotics Interdiction from the Kiwanis

Club International.

• 1989: received USPCA Letter of Commendation and 2nd place Quarterly

Award for Canine Narcotics search and seizure of 70 pounds of marijuana

and $3,000.00 in currency.

• 1989: received a Letter of Commendation USPCA for Canine Narcotics

search and seizure of 100 pounds of marijuana.

• 1988: received a USPCA Letter of Commendation and 3rd place Quarterly

Award for Canine Narcotics search and seizure of 130 pounds of

marijuana and $3,000.00 in currency.

• 1988: received a Letter of Commendation USPCA for Canine Narcotics

search and seizure of 19 pounds of marijuana.

• 1987: received a Letter of Commendation from the Governor of Colorado,

Roy Romer for Outstanding Service and Representation of the State of

Colorado for service and competition with my police canine Ranger.

• 1987: 2 year Safe Driving Award, La Junta Police Department.

• 1986: USPCA Region 14, 4th Quarter Canine Award Best Find for locating

two drowning victims in a lake with my police canine Ranger.

• 1986: 1 year Safe Driving Award Letter, La Junta Police Department.

• 1986-87: USPCA Special Award for Highest Combined scores in Criminal

Apprehension and Suspect Searches

• 1986: received a Letter of Commendation from the La Junta Police

Department for excellent performance in canine competition.

• 1985: Letter of Appreciation from the Lion’s Club International for

numerous canine demonstrations and service to the community.

• 1985: USPCA National Police Dog Championship received a Certificate of



IPO and Police Trial Awards

• 2006 won High in Trial; High Schutzhund III in a United Schutzhund Club

of America sponsored trial with handler owned trained (HOT) dog Chico.

• 1988: USPCA Narcotics Detector Dog Trials, 3rd overall, perfect score

(100 points) in vehicles.

• 1988 USPCA National Police Dog Championship; member of the 1st place

National Team from Region 14 Colorado.

• 1988 USPCA National Police Dog Championship placed 11th out of 126

Teams and again received a Certificate of Excellence.

• 1988 USPCA Regional Championship 4th place overall from a field of 38

Teams. 1st place suspect search, 2nd place evidence search, 3rd place

criminal apprehension, 5th place agility.

• 1987: USPCA Region 14 4th Quarter Award Best Find for locating and

apprehending two burglars in a large bakery warehouse.

• 1987 USPCA Narcotics Detector Dog Trials, 2nd overall, perfect score

(100 points) in vehicles.

• 1987: USPCA National Police Dog Championship, placed 27th out of a

field of 141 Teams, received a Certificate of Excellence (this is the highest

ranking given) and 3rd place overall scent work.

• 1987 USPCA Regional Championship 1st place overall from a field of 47

Teams. 1st place suspect search, 2nd place agility, 3rd place criminal

apprehension and I received a Certificate of Excellence.

• 1986: USPCA National Police Dog Championship (qualified but could not

compete for family reasons) also received a Certificate of Excellence.

• 1986 USPCA Regional Championship 3rd place overall from a field of 34

Teams. 1st place suspect search, 2nd place evidence search, 3rd place

“An Outsider in the Pack”

Far too often a supervisor with no K-9 experience is thrusted to the helm of a unit. This can be a daunting task. There are many dynamics that go with such a specialized unit that is strafed with liability. You are not only in charge of the day to day activities of men and women known for their type A personalities, but their K-9s as well. This class will specifically address the leading of a K-9 unit with no working K-9 experience.  Sergeant Aaron Peterman will give guidance and leadership advice on this dilemma, drawing from on his own unit’s past practices from having been in this predicament. You will leave with strategies which foster success, garner respect, and reduce liability.

Meet Aaron Peterman

Sergeant Aaron Peterman began his law enforcement career in 1997 at the Polk County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He held assignments in Patrol, the Tactical Drug and Narcotics Units before his employment at the Lakeland (FL) Police Department in 2000. At the Lakeland Police Department Sergeant Peterman was assigned to the Neighborhood Liaison Unit, SWAT, Street Crimes and Narcotics Units before transferring to the K-9 Unit 2006. Sergeant Peterman worked 3 dual purpose dogs before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013. He currently is the supervisor of Lakeland’s 8 dog unit and a handler of a patrol/explosives K-9. Sergeant Peterman is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified K-9 Trainer and Team Evaluator, as well as an FDLE certified General, Driving, and Firearms Instructor. He currently instructs for HITS, Polk State College, IPTM, and SKIDDS. Sergeant Peterman is the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 1 President (encompassing Florida), and a USPCA regional patrol dog and detection judge.

Know your K9 with Canine Cognition Testing

This class is based on the research Cameron Ford has conducted with Duke University.  This class is for everyone, if you are looking to enhance how you select dogs or a you are handler and trainer learning cognition testing enhances your knowledge about the dog you have in front of you.

These Cognition tests (Brain Games) help you learn crucial information such as, is you dog strong in memory, is the dog a problem solver, how quick does it make inferences? Additional things these tests show are, does the dog easy follow gestural communication and what is your dogs laterality. If you are a Law Enforcement Agency or Security Firm, these tests help you select a better more trainable dog. In conjunction with the normal K9 selection and evaluation steps you already use, adding these K9 Brain games to your evaluation raises the percentage of dogs successfully picked to end up be working K9’s. Using these tests have proven to increase selection percentages of the right dogs for your program and it has also proven to reduce training time needed to get dogs ready and on the road.

Detection using Cognition

This class covers what Cognition is and how to best use it in Detection Dog training.  We also cover Classical and Operant Conditioning as well markers/bridges for Police K-9’s.  We cover how information is taken in by your K9 as well as how to best deliver the information you wish to train. We go over how to introduce these methods and how to use them in problem solving. In this class you will conduct hands on experiments where participants get to feel for themselves how to communicate and give information. All of this will allow you to become better handler and trainer for your dogs.

Meet Cameron Ford

Cameron has been in K9 26 years first worked as a Military Working Dog Handler in the US Air Force (Stationed in Germany). During his time in Germany he was a Graduate of the German Police Dog Handler School as well as attended training at the Dutch Police Dog School in Nunspeet.

Cameron was later a Police Ofc. In FL SWAT and  (FDLE K9 Team Trainer) in TX a Constable K-9 Unit Handler / Trainer, SWAT

From 2010 to 2014 worked as a Government Contractor K9 Program Mgr. overseeing training for large K9 contracts in the middle east.

2014 to 2018 Navy SEAL SR. Multi Purpose Canine Instructor (SEAL teams 1,3,5 and 7)

CA POST and NPCA (Detection and Patrol) K-9 team evaluator

Member of Duke University Canine Cognition Research Team

Researcher at Texas Tech University Canine Olfaction Laboratory

Presently Training Director for Silver State K9 LLc

Podcast host for” K9s Talking Scents”

Critical Incident Debrief

There are many factors involved in the successful resolution of any critical incident and Vince Bingaman covers these and more in this debrief of his last OIS.  When you add a K9 to these scenarios an officer’s responsibilities multiply and often put us in situations markedly different than those experienced by our fellow officers.  Ideally, we train and deploy in hope of avoiding lethal force on the street, but often it is the suspect who dictates the outcome.  This debrief will help to stack the odds in your favor for the scenario that will eventually come your way.

Meet Vince Bingaman

Vince Bingaman recently retired from the Phoenix Police Dept. after 30 years of law enforcement service. Working his last 20 years in the department’s K9 unit and 13 years as the unit’s lead trainer, has given Vince the opportunity to separate theory from reality and present training based on proven tactics and techniques.  Vince’s experience runs the entire spectrum from team selection, basic academies and the advanced tactical application of the Police Service Dog.  He currently owns Civil Dog USA, a consulting and training company dedicated to real world training for today’s K9 teams.

Train to be your best.