Looking for high quality gear? A great trainer? A trusted K9 vendor? Information Sources? Non-profits organizations you can actually trust?
We’ve got you covered. Below you will find companies throughout the US that we trust to always take care of us and provide us with great service. A quick little bio of why we trust them as well. You’ll also find some information resources, some podcasts that we sponsor and the non-profits we work with and support. Navigating the K9 world can be a little difficult at times as there are a lot of people out there who promise the world and deliver nothing. This won’t be the case with anyone on this list!
K9 Vendors & Dog Trainers
Complete Canine Training is a top tier K9 training company based in Brighton CO. They do it all; pet training, police K9 training, working dog seminars, and even dabble in some sport work. They also have instructors that travel and teach decoy work and also do problem solving for law enforcement agencies. Contact them here.
Proven Dog Training is based in Clayton, NM and Amarillo, TX. JJ is a great trainer and personal friend. He works with police K9s and pet dogs. He also sells police K9s and personal protection dogs. JJ is one of the most honest and caring individuals I have met in the dog training industry and produces some amazing dogs.
Jessie & Tiffany Smith specialize in social, imported, highly trained protection dogs from Europe. Jessiffany Canine Services, LLC in Iron Ridge, WI, imports the world’s best German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Malinois specifically selected by our trainers, vendors, and you to meet your family’s needs.
Mark Kotula is a Charlotte, NC based dog trainer. Mark started training his personal dogs for conformation back in 2003. He’s taken four dogs to conformation Champion over the years. Mark trains with Sheriff K9 units and helps decoy for the United Police Working Dog Association and certifies almost thirty local police dogs in patrol each year.
Tarheel Canine is based in Sanford, NC in a 12,000 sq ft facility. Owned by the Father of PSA himself Jerry Bradshaw. Simply put this man knows dogs and runs a top of the line dog trainers school and police K9 breeding program. Jerry also founded the PSA sport if you didn’t catch that earlier. If you are looking for a sport dog, police K9, or working dog for anything really, you should contact these guys.
Kirby K9, owned and operated by Josh Kirby. This guy goes above and beyond with his hand made collars and leashes. He uses scuba webbing to make his leashes and harnesses unlike nylon webbing this stuff holds up to damn near any abuse you can put it through.
Ray Allen K9 you should already know these guys but in case you don’t they are likely the #1 working dog equipment supplier in the US. This is the go to place for the things like sleeves, bungee lines, buddy bowls and other various needs!
Kuranda Dog Beds are by far the best dog bed money can buy. They are “working dog proof”. We have been using Kuranda beds in our kennels and for our clients for 2 years and we have not had to replace a single bed. We will always use Kuranda!
Your source for training collars. Never settle for cheap collars from pets-mart-co on your working K9. Herm Sprenger collars are high quality and have never failed me, my clients or my handlers. When it comes to correction collars I will always support Herm Sprenger!
K9s United is a non-profit organization that we work with to provide suits to Law Enforcement agencies throughout the country at a discount. Debbie is an amazing individual who has dedicated hundreds of hours to K9 units across the country to get them the help they need but may not have funding for. Please check them out and donate!
Georgia Police K9 Foundation assists active and retired law enforcement K9s. They host training such as decoy classes and they raise awareness throughout communities on how important the K9s are to everyone throughout the world. Georgia Police K9 Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit all volunteer organization!
Vested Interest in K9s is a non-profit that operates very similarly to K9s United. The focus more on supplying bulletproof vests for K9 units in need. With more and more K9s being shot or stabbed this is a major need in our industry. Sandy Marcal is a wonderful woman who has supplied over 2800 bulletproof and stab protective vests to our K9s in need.
Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Controlled Aggression is no longer just a book. Jerry Bradshaw, owner of Tarheel Canine, started a weekly podcast that by all means rocks. He gives some extremely useful insight on Police K9 training, PSA training and more. Learn from one of the industry’s top K9 trainers on your daily drive to work, or maybe while your. at work sitting in your patrol car!
This podcast is all about Detection Dogs they talk training, working the dog in the real world, starting a new dog or have an experienced dog. Calling all Detection dogs, Sniffer Dogs, those who compete in Nosework / Scentwork sports. If you work a detection dog that sniffs out bombs, drugs, guns, cell phones, electronic devices or anything else this podcast is for you!
Leerburg.com has the largest online database of training tools, tips and tricks. Plus they have an amazing video library. You can access 100’s of free articles and videos here. You can also buy training DVDs and stream online some of the best videos I’ve ever watched that truly explain dog training!
Controlled Aggression By Jerry Bradshaw is a book that I recommend EVERY SINGLE DECOY reads. This book is well worth the read and will help you understand so much about what a decoy’s job truly is and how to work with different types of dogs. You can find this as an eBook from various sources here.
Free eBook Downloads
Here are some free downloads of Dog Training eBooks that will help anyone looking to become a trainer will find useful. Hell even if you are already a trainer you should read these eBooks!
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