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Darryl DiSanto – Training Day Planning and Preparation

Royal Canin – Dog Food Fixes that can Improve Performance

Bill Grant, DVM – K9 First Aid

Ken Furton, PhD – Chemistry of Scent

Cynthia Otto – Canine Behavior



Lane Critser – Tactical Patrol Class

Terry Fleck – Canine Legal Update for Patrol

Bill Lewis – Reasons We Get into Trouble

Bill Lewis II is a retired sergeant from the Oxnard [CA] Police Department where he served over 25 years on SWAT as an operator and team leader. Bill served as the CATO regional representative for Region 1A from 2007 to 2014. He was appointed as a Director to the CATO Board in November 2010 and currently serves as the Conference Coordinator for the annual CATO Training Conference. Bill also serves as the facilitator for his two web sites and

Joe Oberding – 

Joe has 22 years law enforcement experience.  He has been a Police K9 decoy/agitator since 1997, a Police K9 Handler of Detection and Patrol/SWAT based police dogs from 2003 to 2015, and he was the Head Trainer of a 10-dog K9 Unit in Southern Nevada from 2007 to 2015.  Joe was recognized as Officer of the Year on two separate occasions, and each award cited his work and efforts within the Police K9 community as a predominant reason for the recognition.  He is also a 2-time Medal of Valor recipient.  He has been a Certifying Official with CNCA since 2010, a Police K9 Trial Judge since 2009, and a K9 Nosework Trial Judge since 2015

Mike Ritland – K9 Aggression and Shaping

Jeff Schettler – Tactical Team Tracking



Dave Cochran, US Military – IED’s

Mike Digby and Gary Morgan, Retired LASD Bomb Squad – 

Mel English – 

Ken Licklider, VohneLiche Kennels – 

SMSGT, USAF (Ret) Kenneth Licklider, is the Owner/Operator of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc
(VLK), a Service Disabled Veteran owned company headquartered in Denver, Indiana, with
additional facilities in California and Holland. VLK is widely known as the premier Private
Canine Training Facility and Detection Service Provider in the world and has been providing
superior service for the past twenty-three (23) years.
SMSGT Licklider has thirty-nine (39) years canine experience, including seventeen (17) years
serving in the United States Air Force (U.S.A.F.) in the canine career field. SMSGT Licklider
served in the U.S.A.F. from 1977-1993 and served in the capacity of Law Enforcement
Superintendent, Kennel Master, Police Service Dog Trainer, and as a Police Service Dog
Handler. During his military career SMSGT Licklider competed in and won several military K-9
competitions and was as the recipient of numerous service medals.

Derrick Simmons –



Seth Cimino – California Marijuana Legal Update for Handlers

Ted Daus – Legal Update

Rob Havice – Parcel Interdiction

Randy Hare – Shaping Behavior

James Hugar and Rafael Vega – Hidden Compartments

Robert Pennal – Meth Drug Update