HERE IS THE LISTING OF INSTRUCTORS FOR 2018
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Jill Cline, MS, PhD, Russ Kelly, and Rick Kesler, DVM with Royal Canin – The Art and Science of Feeding Your Dog – Impact Beyond the Bowl
Dr. Cline is the Site Director for Royal Canin Pet Health and Nutrition Center and is responsible for the North American arm of research for Royal Canin. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pet food industry. Dr. Cline has worked in several areas within the industry including manufacturing and product development, research and development, and technical communications for veterinarians, breeders and working/sporting dog enthusiasts. Her expertise is in vitamin metabolism, skin and coat health and she has a keen interest in canine athletes, feeding behaviors and aging animals. She has lectured extensively on the influence nutrition has on a working dog’s cognitive function and the link between dietary requirements and how they affect dogs ability to learn and maximize their performance. Dr. Cline has many publications on topics ranging from animal husbandry and kennel management to nutrition in working and breeding dogs to cognitive function in geriatric dogs. Dr. Cline is actively engaged with the sporting and working dog training communities because of her keen interest in “dogs with jobs” and because of the 3 very busy sporting/working dogs she has at home.
Dr. Cline received her PhD from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in non-ruminant comparative nutrition completing studies with dogs, humans, pigs and bears. While there, she completed not only a PhD in nutrition but also did multiple field studies on the genetic distribution of wildlife during breeding and hunting seasons.
Russ Kelly is an Alumni of Auburn University, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. His undergraduate emphasis was Meat Science and Animal Production. Russ’s graduate work focused on Growth & Development with an emphasis on embryonic and neonatal muscle development. Russ was on staff at Auburn University as a Research Specialist from 1993-1997. He joined The Iams Company in 1997 as a member of the Strategic Research Group (Discovery) where he led efforts in Maternal and Neonatal Nutrition with an emphasis on fatty acid metabolism. He also led efforts in the Service and Working Dog arenas and developed multiple collaborative Research Alliances with external organizations. Later he also led Gastrointestinal Health efforts with emphasis on Puppy and Stress Models. Upon retiring from The Iams Company, Russ founded Kelley Canine Consulting where he served numerous organizations around the globe on Colony Management, Facility Design, Nutritional Management, and Breeder Selection Criteria. Russ returned to industry in 2016, joining Royal Canin as Science Lead / Service and Working Dog Research Manager. Russ is based in Lewisburg, Ohio where he is a member of the PHNC Leadership Team and is a member of the Discover Team in Aimargues, France.
Rick Kesler D.V.M is a Senior Service Veterinarian with Royal Canin whose duties meld well with Royal Canin’s philosophy of sharing practical breeding and animal husbandry knowledge to all breeders and working dogs. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1985. Since then he has practiced medicine and surgery with a special interest of working with breeders of cats and dogs and with working dogs across all the country. He has lectured throughout the United States, writing for journals dedicated to pets and being a consultant to breeders worldwide. Dr. Kesler has a pragmatic approach to supplement usage and feeding working dogs.
Darryl DiSanto – Training Day Planning and Preparation
Darryl DiSanto, Sr., is a retired police sergeant with over 24 years of diverse experience in law enforcement having served with the Orange County [CA] Sheriff’s Office and Brea/Yorba Linda Police Department with assignments that included canine handler, K9 supervisor and patrol sergeant. He served as a K9 instructor for 13 years at Adlerhorst Kennels for patrol and detection K9 teams and founded Scenturion K9 Consulting in March 2004 where he has supplied dogs to over 15 law enforcement agencies and trained patrol, explosive and narcotics detection K9 teams. Darryl is a charter member of CNCA and currently serves as a certifying official for CNCA in patrol, narcotics and explosives.
Britt Elmore & Marty Mahon – Advanced K9 Detection Techniques & Problem Solving
Britt Elmore is a police officer with the San Francisco Police Department, located in Northern California. He has been a canine handler for 7 years and trains canine teams in Northern California in patrol and detection. Britt and his canine are assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Francisco Field Division, where he is responsible for drug interdiction and investigations of drug trafficking organizations. Britt has over 20 years of experience as a narcotics officer. Britt specializes in drug trafficking, canine detection, undercover operations and the use of canines at the Federal level. Britt is a canine evaluator for the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Marty Mahon is a police sergeant with the South San Francisco Police Department, located in Northern California. He has been a canine handler for 16 years and is currently the head trainer of the canine unit, which consists of 7 dual-purpose canine teams. Marty and his canine are assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Francisco Field Division, where he is responsible for drug interdiction and investigations of drug trafficking organizations. Marty specializes in drug trafficking, canine detection, canine unit supervision and the use of canines at the Federal level. Marty is a canine evaluator for the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA). Marty also trains canine teams in Northern California in patrol and detection.
Robert Gillette, DVM, MSE, DACVSMR – Sport Conditioning for the Athletic & Performance Dog
Robert (Rob) Gillette, DVM, MSE, DACVSMR Veterinarian and President of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Jackson, NJ
Rob Gillette received his Veterinary degree in 1988 from Kansas State University. His interests in animal movement and performance inspired him to pursue a post-doctoral program whose major focus was on Kinesiology with a minor in Exercise Physiology. This was through the Human Performance program at the University of Kansas and received his Masters of Science Education degree in 1998.
In 1997 he became a Senior Research Fellow at the Scott Ritchey Research Center, Auburn University and in 2000 he was named as the Director of the Richard G. & Dorothy A. Metcalf Sports Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. Through his career, he has spent over 25 years researching the biomechanical and physiological nuances of the elite canine and equine athletes.
During this time he recognized the need for a recognized specialty within the Veterinary Community for Veterinarians working in the field of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee and later was the first President of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He became a Charter Diplomate of the ACVSMR in 2011.
Dr. Gillette’s greatest passion is his work for optimizing the performance environment and the abilities of athletic and working animals. He has vast experience in injury prevention, training methods, diet, conditioning and breeding programs. For almost 30 years he has devoted his life to research, teaching and treating the athletic animals he loves. This includes 12 years of extensive work with detection and patrol dogs. He has co-authored one book, has numerous published journal articles, 5 book chapters, has presented at various veterinary conferences and published government reports. In addition, he has received over $10 Million in grants to perform research.
Bill Grant, DVM – K9 First Aid
President of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Dr. William A. Grand II, DVM has been involved in organized veterinary medicine non-stop since earning his DVM in 1989. A second-generation veterinary, Dr. Grant has served on many CVMA committees as well as the Board of Governors. He believes that all veterinary professionals throughout California, and beyond, should support each other as colleagues and share expertise as they address similar issues are cross the industry.
Dr. Grant serves as veterinarian for California Task Force 2 and Task Force 5 Urban Search and Rescue Teams. He is involved with the preliminary examinations and testing for canines being considered for training within the California USAR FEMA system. Dr. Grant is also associated with several professional societies, including the California Veterinary Medical Association as chairman for the Insurance Committee and member of the Feline Fibrosarcoma Task Force. For the California Veterinary Medical Association he served as Orange County President and member of the Executive and Grievance & Ethics Committees. He is also Chairman for the County Animal Control Advisory Board, California delegate of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and an Associate Clinical Professor of western University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Grant received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. While at school he served as class president his first year, and received Outstanding Young American award in 1988. He then continued his education with a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1989-1990. Since then he has run and now owns the Community Veterinary Hospital in Garden Grove, California. In addition, Dr. Grant lectures on Geriatrics in Practice as well as General and Emergency Care of the Working Canine.
Ken Furton, PhD – Chemistry of Scent
Kenneth G. Furton was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President of Florida International University on July 2014. He is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection. He served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2014, where he transformed the university’s largest college into three mission-based interdisciplinary schools to explore and address some of the biggest issues facing society today. During his tenure, the college of Arts and Sciences raised over $41 million in philanthropic gifts and saw its research grants funding increase from $27 million to $60 million annually. In 2014, Dr. Furton chaired the iREAL (integrating Research, Engagement, Assessment and Learning) Commission on the future of FIU and led the committee that created FIU’s 2015-2020 BeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan.Having started at FIU in 1988 as an assistant professor in chemistry, Dr. Furton in 1997 founded FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI), which is globally recognized as one of the premier research and teaching institutes on forensic science. He subsequently served as associate dean of budget, facilities and research and remains director emeritus at IFRI, where he continues to be active, directing the research of graduate and undergraduate students and publishing papers and filing patents.
Dr. Furton earned a B.S. in Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida in 1983, a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1986 and completed post-doctoral studies in Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Wales, Swansea, and U.K in 1988. His expertise has led him to serve in numerous local, national and international professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines, which he chaired since its inception in 2004. He is currently chair of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees Dog and Sensor working group of the National Commission on Forensic Science.
Deeply committed to the academy, Dr. Furton is the author or co-author of more than 800 publications and presentations. His research projects have been continuously funded for more than two decades, totaling more than $13 million in external funding. He has shared his expertise in forensic science through hundreds of invited talks nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness in dozens of state and federal trials.
Cynthia Otto – Optimizing Performance from Nose to Tail
Dr. Otto is a tenured associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. As a board certified specialist in Veterinary Emergency Medicine she served as an attending clinician in the Penn Vet Emergency Service between 1991 and 2014. During that time she had a special interest in sepsis, trauma and disaster medicine. As a result of her deployment with PA-TF1 (a Federal Urban Search and Rescue Team) to hurricane Floyd and 9/11, she initiated an AKC-CHF funded longitudinal study of search dogs that worked at 9/11 and was inspired to create to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (www.PennVetWDC.org). Her experience with these amazing canine athletes motivated her to become a board certified specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVMR-canine) and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She currently serves as the executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center where she oversees the fitness and medical care of the detection dogs in the program and provides rehabilitation and conditioning for police and other working dogs. She has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and is an internationally recognized speaker in both emergency medicine and working dog medicine. She was named Pennsylvania’s 2002 “Veterinarian of the Year” and received an Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the OSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008 from the Ohio State University. She was a top 20 finalist in AVMF’s America’s Favorite Veterinarian in 2014 and recipient of the Philadelphia Kennel Club’s Dog’s Best Friend Award in 2016.
Lane Critser – Tactical Patrol Class
Sergeant Lane Critser has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He has deep experience as a patrol deputy, SWAT team leader, K9 handler, firearms instructor, criminal investigator, criminal intelligence officer, undercover operations, executive protection and supervisor. Sergeant Critser was assigned to a major crimes task force for eight years and is a task force officer for the FBI and was Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In 2008, as a K9 sergeant, he was assigned to the Bandidos National Run in Moab, Utah. Based on that experience, he was assigned as the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) task force supervisor in that same year.
Sergeant Critser has worked as a lead investigator, co-case agent, and undercover officer on multiple title III wiretaps, cartel/drug trafficking organizations (DTO) and OMG investigations. He worked with other officers to develop and hone a directed enforcement training course to enhance the intelligence gathering and enforcement during annual state and national OMG runs. Critser is the director of the Utah Intermountain Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigator Group and a member of the board of directors for Tri-State OMG Investigators. He is a Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified adjunct instructor where he teaches police service dog, firearms, wall stops and directed enforcement.
Sergeant Critser is the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) National Canine Subject Matter Expert (SME) Sub-Chairman.
Primary pistol, primary carbine, less-lethal munitions/chemical and wilderness operations instructor
Patrol/Narcotic and SWAT Dog Instructor/Judge for Utah POST
Adjunct Instructor for Utah POST, K9 TacOps and International Police K9
Terry Fleck – Canine Legal Update for Patrol
Terry Fleck, Ed.D, has been a Deputy Sheriff II / Canine Handler (now retired) in South Lake Tahoe, California (El Dorado CountySheriff). Terry was in California law enforcement for 28 years. Terry was a police dog handler for 21 years and has trained and handledthr ee police dogs, patrol dogs cross-trained for search and rescue, narcotic detection, evidence recovery, cadaver recovery, avalanche recovery and tracking / trailing. Terry is also a certifying official for all K-9 disciplines, including explosives dogs. Terry has been training police dogs for 35 years. Terry is a subject matter expert (SME) in canine legalities. Author of the Canine Legal Update and Opinions for supervisors & administrators plus patrol, narcotic & contraband, explosive, tracking, search & rescue and accelerant dogs, Terry tracks and updates the canine industry on current case law and legal trends. Terry is also a subject matter expert (SME) in canine tactics. He studies canine tactics and develops techniques to keep canine handlers safe, utilizing their dogs to maximum tactical advantage. Terry has taught Canine Legal Update and Opinions Seminars throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught over 29,000 canine handlers, supervisors, administrators, agency attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and risk managers nationwide. His classes focus on canine legalities, the prevention of canine litigation and canine tactics.
Bill Lewis – Reasons We Get into Trouble
Bill Lewis II is a retired sergeant from the Oxnard [CA] Police Department where he served over 27 years and was assigned to various assignments, including K9 handler, K9 supervisor and he served over 25 years on SWAT as an operator and Team Leader. Bill currently teaches the “Canine Liability 360” classes across the country through his company (Training and Consulting Team, LLC), serves as an expert witness in K9 cases, and publishes the “Reasons We Get in Trouble” periodical that examines reasons people involved in patrol K9 programs get in trouble. The “Reasons We Get in Trouble” presentation will provide a list of reasons based on real experiences and recommendations to avoid trouble as well as solicit new reasons from attendees. Bill has been a member of CNCA since 1994 and is also a Director for CNCA. He also serves as the facilitator for his TacticalK9USA.com web site that provides articles and archived “Reasons We Get in Trouble.”
Joe Oberding – The ‘Trinity’ of Suspect Apprehension…Patrol, Air Suport, and K9
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
Mike Ritland was born in Waterloo, IA and served 12 years as a US NAVY SEAL in Operation IRAQI Freedom and multiple special forces missions. He served as the Naval Special Warfare Multi Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer 2011 / 2012. After his service he began Trikos International which specializes in providing private protection K9s to government agencies and high-net-worth Individuals. Trikos International has grown to a global brand and has gained notoriety for its unique training approach and proven success.
Ritland has trained hundreds of working dogs for combat and specializes in private protection dog training, military dog training and police dog training. He has over 18 years experience in importing, breeding, raising, and training multiple breeds of working dogs.
He is the author of three New York Times Best Selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, Navy SEAL Dogs and TEAM Dog.Mike Ritland has provided private protection K9’s for celebrities, private individuals and government agencies:
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- U.S.Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
- Private Individuals
- *Other Government Agencies
He is an active content contributor for numerous journals, blogs and publications such as S.O.F.R.E.P, Men’s Journal, Police K9 Magazine and K9 Cop Magazine. He has been a key-note speaker at Purdue University’s Discovery Lecture Series, Book TV C-SPAN2 Live, H.I.T.S Training Conference and has been interviewed on dozens of media affiliates such as CBS 60-Minutes, ABC, NBC, FOX and PBS.
Mike and Rico (his personal K-9) recently collaborated with the Xbox crew to create the latest iteration of “Call of Duty: Ghosts.” The video game brings lifelike characters and immersive worlds together on a new, next-generation engine. The dog in Call of Duty works together with his team to fulfill missions. The official release was November 5, 2013.
Mike Ritland also founded the Warrior Dog Foundation, a non-profit Special Operations K9 retirement foundation. The Warrior Dog Foundation is dedicated to serving working military K9s, special operations community and their families. With the Foundation’s state of the art kennel facility, these dogs are given the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with dignity and grace and attended to with compassion to both their mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
Ritland currently resides in Dallas, TX and dedicates his time daily to working with his K9s at Trikos International and the Warrior Dog Foundation. When he is not traveling on business he enjoys spending quality time with each of his dogs, staying fit and perfecting the art of BBQ.
Jeff Schettler – Tactical Team Tracking
Jeff is a retired police K-9 handler who worked for the City of Alameda and County of Amador in California and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K-9 Assistance Program for two years. This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the United States and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. He is considered the foremost authority on tactical tracking.
He was a certified military trainer, graduating from the prestigious U.S. Army’s Leadership Academy, also known as Drill Sergeant School. He currently trains police officers, military, and search & rescue handlers around the world in the art of K-9 trailing. Jeff raises and trains manhunter K-9s that are working for law enforcement agencies across the USA. They are famous for their human find rates and are much sought after.
Jeff writes for law enforcement & military K-9 magazines, K-9 Cop Magazine and Police K-9 Magazine. He is also the author of these popular books: Red Dog Rising, K9 Trailing: The Straightest Path, Tactical Tracker Teams, and The Tao of Trailing.
Jeff’s scent specific tracking program is currently being taught for police, border patrol, and military groups throughout the USA and these Nato countries: Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Poland. This class is specifically designed to identify the qualities of a solid tracking dog and the imprinting stage of training necessary to create a top man-hunter. If you want urban, street appropriate tracking training that escapes the unrealistic uncontaminated fields of traditional sport tracking then this could be your best start possible.
Mike Digby and Gary Morgan, Retired LASD Bomb Squad – Integrated EOD Concepts
Detective/Bomb Technician Michael Digby was a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after having served seven years in the United States Army. He was an FBI-certified Bomb Technician for seventeen years. He served as primary investigating officer and senior Bomb Technician at several hundred explosive incidents and is a graduate of the UK’s Joint Service IEDD course. He has provided training to foreign police and military bomb squads, counter-IED teams and post-blast investigators. Mike has authored a book titled The Bombs, Bombers and Bombings of Los Angeles which details a number of bombing events that have taken place in the Los Angeles area since 1896.
Gary Morgan served 33 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the last 4 years with the Arson/Explosives Detail (AED). He was a graduate of the FBI Hazardous Devices School at the Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL. Prior to his assignment at the Arson Explosives Detail he was the Operations and Team sergeant on the Taskforce for Regional Autotheft prevention (TRAP). For 15 years he served as a Narcotics Bureau detective assigned to various LASD station crews, two Federal drug taskforces and one State narcotics task force.
Nathan Gibson – US army Military Working Dog Program and Counter IED practices
MSG Nathan S. Gibson was born 2 November 1983 in Elkhart, Indiana. He attended Penn High School and competed as a State Qualifier in Wrestling before graduating in June 2002.
He entered the United States Army on 14 August 2002, and completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he was trained for the MOS 31B, Military Policeman.
MSG Gibson’s previous assignments were with the 630th Military Police (MP) Company, Bamberg, Germany. While assigned to the 630th MP Company he was assigned as a gunner and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and participated in Operation Phantom Fury.
In July 2005, he was assigned to the 34th MP Detachment (Det) Fort Knox, Kentucky. While assigned to the 34th MP Det. he attended Military Working Dog (MWD) handler’s course and was assigned as a Patrol/Explosive Dog Handler. After completing that assignment he was assigned to the 217th MP Det. as the Plans Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. In September 2010 he was assigned to Ansbach, Germany where he served as the Kennel Master, Plans NCO, Patrol Explosive Detector Dog handler in support of CJSOTF in Afghanistan, and Detachment Sergeant. In September 2014 he was reassigned as the Provost Sergeant, Kennel Master and the Battalion Equal Opportunity Leader at Fort Meade, MD.
His military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, Physical Security, Electronic Security Systems, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Anti-Terrorism Basic Course, Individual Readiness Training, DLI German head start, Airborne, Hazmat, Combat Life saver, MWD handler’s course, MWD Kennel Master Course and the Capabilities Development Course.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Central Texas College. He is currently pursuing his M.B.A from Ohio Christian University.
His military awards and decorations include the MSM (1OLC), ARCOM (4OLC), JSAM, AAM (8 OLC), ARGCM (4 Knots), MUC, NUC, NDSM, ACM (2-Campaign stars), ICM (2-Campaign stars), GWTSM, MOVSM, NCOPDR (3), ASR, OSR (3), COA, CAB, Driver Badge, Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Badge (Silver) and the German Schützenschnur (Bronze). He is also, a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and Recipient of the MP Corps Regiment’s Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze).
Sgt. Nick Kennedy, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office
Sgt. Nicholas M. Kennedy was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County where he attended Cuesta College and obtained an Associates Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate Science Degree in General Education. Sgt. Kennedy graduated from Allen Handcock Police Academy in 1999 and was hired a police officer at Atascadero Police Department, which was his home town. In 2007, he was hired at the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office where he joined the Bomb Team and was sent to the FBI Public Safety Bomb Technician course in Red Stone Alabama. Sgt. Kennedy was later transferred to the Special Operations Division and was assigned to the Marijuana Eradication Unit. Sgt. Kennedy was then assigned to Investigations in an undercover capacity with the California Department of Justice Narcotics & Gang Task Force. He later transferred as a detective to the Violence Suppression Unit and worked human trafficking and homicide investigations. Sgt. Kennedy has taken the following courses while assigned to Investigations and Special Operations.
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.
Nathan Tinnin – Terrorism and Improvised Explosive Devices
MSG (R) Nathaniel M. Tinnin has over 20 year’s military experience, 16 of those being in US Army Special Forces
program with 14 years operationally serving with the 5th Special Forces Group at FT Campbell Kentucky.
Nathan is currently a trainer for Vohne Liche Kennels located in Denver Indiana. His occupational specialties have
progressed from an (MOS-18C) Special Forces Demolitions Sergeant to a Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant (MOS
-18F) with a 4 year additional duty in the Multi-Purpose canine section where he served as a dual purpose canine handler
and detachment trainer. His final MOS prior to retiring was a Special Forces Operations Sergeant (MOS- 18Z) on SFODA
5331. Nathan has 8 tours of combat to Iraq and Afghanistan and has completed training exercises in Egypt, Jordan, Oman,
Upon retiring Nathan was employed by Lockheed Martin to serve as the 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiments Multi-Purpose Canine
Platoon Trainer. At this position he served for 2.5 years enabling the platoon to successfully conduct all
individual proficiency training and training support operations at the Company and Battalion levels. His dedication and
effort enabled the canine platoon to prepare for and conduct combat operations throughout the CENTCOM AOR overall
enhancing 3/75 Ranger Battalions combat preparedness and effectiveness.
Seth Cimino – California Marijuana Legal Update for Handlers
Seth Cimino has been employed by the Citrus Heights Police Department for over four years. He is currently assigned to the Department’s Special Investigations Unit as a Narcotics Detective. Prior to working for the Citrus Heights PD, Seth spent over 11 years with the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office. During his career, Seth has spent over nine years as a narcotics detective and seven as a narcotics canine handler. His focus of investigation has been marijuana related crimes to include: possession, cultivation, transportation, sales and Butane Hash Oil manufacturing. He has been involved in the investigations of several hundred drug related crimes. Seth has also qualified as a State court as an expert in marijuana cultivation, possession, possession for sales, transportation, sales, Butane Hash Oil investigations, medical marijuana case law, Proposition 215/Senate Bill 420 and their application. Seth is a POST certified instructor and frequently travels throughout the State and country and teaches courses about marijuana related crimes. Seth is also a State board member and instructor for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association and former member of CNCA. Before law-enforcement, Seth received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU-Sacramento.
Ted Daus – Legal Update
Ted Daus is an assistant state attorney with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been a prosecutor for the past 25 years, the last 20 of which he has been assigned to the Drug Trafficking Unit for the State Attorney’s Office. Ted graduated from Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1991. He has extensive experience as a lecturer on search and seizure for D.E.A., U.S. Customs, various Florida Police Departments, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Police K-9 Training Institute, Police Canine Consultants and the Canine Development Group. He lectures regularly all across the country to National Canine Organization such as U.S.P.C.A., N.P.C.A. & N.A.P.W.D.A. He is an adjunct professor of law for Nova Southeastern University teaching Trial Advocacy and coaching national mock trial teams. He was until recently, the legal editor and writer for Police K-9 Magazine and lectures every year at the national canine conference “HITS”. He is the current nationwide legal advisor for the National Police Canine Association headquartered in Arizona. Most recently, Ted was counsel of record for both United States Supreme Court K-9 cases, Harris & Jardines, argued before the court on October 31st, 2012.
Rob Havice – Parcel Interdiction
Rob Havice is a police officer with the City of Medford, Oregon. Rob has been with Medford PD for 22 years and is assigned to a HIDTA Task Force as an investigator/K9 handler. Rob has been a K9 handler in both Patrol and drug detection since 1988. Rob’s primary function in the task force is parcel interdiction coming out & in of southern Oregon through FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service. Rob is a Certifying Official with the California Narcotic Canine Association and is the Canine Detection Chairman for the Oregon Police Canine Association.
Randy Hare – Shaping Behavior
Randy Hare is living his lifelong dream of working with animals and people. Experience and talent in dog training have landed him spots on regional television, in various K-9 Magazine articles, and on national television. In 1987 he appeared on “Late Nite with David Letterman” to perform a complicated trick he had taught his (then) six year old German Shepherd. Randy’s real start, in the late 1970’s, was training hunting dogs. Then, in the early 1980’s he attended a Professional Dog Trainers School where he gained a solid foundation in training dogs for Obedience, Protection, Police Dog Training, and Tracking. By invitation Randy returned to the school as an instructor for one semester, helping train other dog trainers.While Randy continued to further his education into dog training, the school was his first professional experience with training dogs. In 1984 Randy opened his first training center in Monroe, Louisiana where he trained Obedience, Protection, Police Dogs, and Narcotics Detection Dogs. His very first police dog, trained for the Monroe City Marshall’s Office, finished 15th in the nation from a field of 140 dogs at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) National Police Dog Trials in Detroit, Michigan. This accomplishment earned him an award from the Ohio Dog Training School, the first award of this kind to be given by the group. Then, after training hundreds of dogs, Randy became interested in police dogs and law enforcement. In police dog training he experienced his work in action : real criminal apprehension, real tracking, real detection work, real handler protection, and, last but not least, real obedience.While still training dogs for private citizens, Randy trained and competed against other handlers and trainers with his personally trained police dogs while also competing successfully in Schutzhund competitions. In his first National Police Dog Trial, Randy finished 7th out of 150 top dogs in that year’s national event held in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This began a 5-year span of over 30 competitions where Randy won or finished in the top percentile in 96% of the competitions: those competitions were Police Dog Trials, Schutzhund Trials, and Narcotics Detection Dog Trials and involved four different self-trained dogs.Randy says he now has a gift for learning from everyone he meets and from every dog he trains.“I went through a period early on when I thought I knew everything. I really grew as a trainer and a person when I faced the fact that you never stop learning and you never know it all. Thanks to a close and dear friend of mine, Walter “Buzzy” Tomlinson, for finally making me understand that. I believe the dogs that I have trained have probably taught me more than I have taught them.”During Randy’s twelve years in Law Enforcement, Randy attended every major seminar (within reach) conducted by world class trainers from the United States and Europe. He learned what each trainer had to offer, combined the best of their styles and techniques with his own, and now shares his training method. Each dog he trains benefits from his experience and knowledge. Few trainers can match his EXPERIENCE, TALENT, and LOVE for training dogs, as shown by his “Recognition and Achievements” through national police k-9 organizations such as the National Police Canine Association and the United States Police Canine Association where he served as a judge for both organizations. Randy is now the proud owner of the Alpha Canine Training Center and the Randy Hare School for Dog Trainers.In 2004 Canine Training Solutions produced a DVD series demonstrating Randy’s innovative and effective “On Target” way to train Detection Canines. This method is being seen as an undeniably more effective method for training dogs and is taking hold throughout the country as well as internationally. Randy has taught the “On Target” method through his School for Detection Trainers through the United States as well as internationally. Graduates of the program include the military organizations as well as federal, state and city law enforcement agencies and other detection canine training.
Rob Lukason – Hidden Compartments
Lukason became a Border Patrol Agent in 1996 and was initially assigned to the San Clemente, California Border Patrol Checkpoint as a K9 Handler.
In 2004, Lukason transferred to the Tucson, AZ., Border Patrol Sector in where he was selected to be the Sector’s Canine Coordinator, responsible for the training and certification of the Tucson Sector’s 80 detection canine teams.
In 2006, Lukason was promoted to a Staff position at CCEP where he presently works as a Second Line Supervisor and Staff K9 Instructor. CCEP currently trains and certifies over 150 detection canines a year for the CBP and other law enforcement agencies, currently the CBP has over 1500 K9 teams in the field.
Lukason has been a Judge for several K9 events including the Western States Police Fire Olympics and the Friends of Las Vegas K9 event in Las Vegas, seminars for CNCA, NNDDA, NPCA, and HITS. Lukason has attended over75 law enforcement K9 training events/seminars, in where he competes and provides instruction to K9 handlers all over the United States.
Lukason is a Certifying Official for the United States Border Patrol,National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, and the California Narcotic Canine Association in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. Lukason is also a Certifying Official for the National Police Canine Association in Detection, as well as a member of their Training Committee.
Lukason has taught various K9 related classes at the CNCA, PNWK9, INIA, NPCA and NNDDA’s national seminars on several occasions, in addition, he has provided K9 related training to various police agencies, such as Federal Probation and Parole and Bureau of Indian Affairs; he also contributes to Police K9 Magazine on a regular basis, and is currently the Associate Editor for the Detection Section of the magazine.
Robert Pennal – Meth Drug Update
Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) Robert Pennal, Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (CA DOJ/BNE), retired in April 2009 after a 30 year law enforcement career. Prior to employment with DOJ, SAS Pennal was employed both as a Deputy Sheriff with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and an Officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP.
SAS Pennal spent 24 years with BNE, the last 22 assigned to clandestine laboratory investigations. SAS Pennal retired as the Task Force Comander.