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May 7, 2022 9:00AM

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Dave Kroyer

Head trainer and owner of Canine Headquarters

If you'd like more information, please check out Dave's website 

Austin, Texas

About Dave

Dave Kroyer, Head Trainer and Owner of Canine Headquarters and DKA for dog trainers,has over 15 years of experience handling, training and coaching in the areas of IGP, Ring Sport, Police K9, AKC Obedience, Nosework, Agility, SAR, and AKC Tracking. 

His FOURTEEN appearances as a World Championship competitor and multiple National and Regional podium placements in different dog sports afford him the opportunity to help and coach many top competitors in the U.S. and abroad.

Dave brings his knowledge of multiple disciplines and dog sports to the table to offer the most informative training and coaching available. Dave is also a judge for UKC sanctioned Nosework trials and a United States Mondio Ring Association judge.

Known as a "TRAINER OF TRAINERS", Dave's knowledge, innovative ideas and approach to problem solving is sought world wide and his seminars and coaching are second to none.  His experience as a "behaviorist" allows him to think "outside the box" when it comes to training and handling for all dog sports and companion obedience. Dave is also known globally for his work with aggressive and fear reactive dogs

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Nino Drowaert

Head trainer and owner of STS K9

If you'd like more information, please check out Nino's website 

Groendreef, Belgium

About Nino

Nino has been described by some of his social media followers as a “new-age dog trainer”.  This sentiment describes Nino’s innovative approach to training that enables the development of dog and handler’s full potential. Nino Drowaert founded STSK9® in 2016, after identifying a need for innovative and progressive changes in working dog training. 

As a 20-year veteran of the APD spending 11 years as a K9 handler and, finally, 5 years as Head Trainer and supervisor of the K9 Unit, he achieved a high level of success and holds the highest recorded number of K9 deployments for the department. His skills in coaching handlers and training dogs made him an obvious choice for the position of Nationally Certified Head Trainer for Belgium’s largest police department. 

Subsequently, Nino became the first European police instructor in 2016 to travel to the RAAF and teach the implementation of his training system for law enforcement and the military. SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) and Second Commando Regiment also participated. 

The development and implementation of Nino's  STSK9 Master View now forms the backbone of a broader scientific thinking process. Nino applies this new methodology to coach dog trainers and professionals, making Nino not just a dog training coach but a dog training consultant.

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Courtney Robbins

Head trainer and owner of Global K9 Protection Services

If you'd like more information, please check out Courtney's website 

Nashville, Tennessee

About Courtney

After the 9/11 terrorist attack, Courtney felt compelled to join the Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer. Over the next three years, she gained tactical and operational experience attending QRF and S.W.A.T. schools. She was the first ever National Guard Canine Handler and while attending the MWD Handlers Course, she was recognized as the distinguished honor graduate and awarded Top Dog, as well and received an Army Commendation Medal. Courtney served as a Patrol Explosives Detection Dog Handler as a Staff Sergeant with the C.T. Army National Guard. She was later employed as a private contractor to Kabul Afghanistan for 13 months with a Security Forces K-9 team to secure checkpoints, and search vehicles and buildings at the US Embassy.

 

During her military and private canine career, Courtney has assisted and worked along side local, state, and federal agencies on various missions including protecting U.S. Presidents, high-ranking government officials, the Pope, and other world leaders. 

 

Courtney Robbins put her military training to use in the next chapter of her dog career when she left the military and became a private contractor. She has specialized in training elite protection dogs for military and law enforcement, professional athletes, public figures, celebrities, royalty, and world leaders. 

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Larry Krohn

Head trainer and owner of Pak Masters

If you'd like more information, please check out Larry's website 

Bowling Green, Kentucky

About Larry

Professional dog trainer Larry Krohn, owner and trainer at Pak Masters dog training of Nashville Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Larry specializes in many areas of dog training and is Author of the very popular book, "Everything You Need to Know About E-Collar Training" Larry specializes in many areas of dog training and is best known as a top Remote Collar Trainer and Dog Aggression Specialist. Larry is also a Federal Agent and has been for 23 years.

 

Larry spends time traveling throughout the U.S. hosting seminars to work with severely reactive dog cases and their owners. Through his teachings, handlers and owners are learning how to properly and humanely use the e-collar to rehabilitate dogs, vastly improving the quality of life for both the dog and the owner.

He is also widely popular for the quote, "The e-collar is a cell phone. The prong collar is a steering wheel. The clicker is a big freakin party. Call your dog and steer him to the big freakin party!"

 

Larry's approach to rehabilitation training at Pak Masters is also highly unique in that he offers family style board and trains meaning they only take one dog at a time and the dog lives as part of his family. Larry also offers one on one private sessions.

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Jerry Bradshaw

Head trainer and owner of Tarheel K9

If you'd like more information, please check out Jerry's website 

Sanford, North Carolina

About Jerry

Jerry Bradshaw is Training Director & President of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. in Sanford, North Carolina. Jerry has been training dogs for competitive protection sports since 1991, and has competed in National Championship trials in both schutzhund and PSA, winning the PSA National Championships in 2003 with his dog Ricardo v.d. Natuurzicht PSA 3, and again in 2019 & 2020 with Chuligan Pod Cvilinem (Raptor) PSA 3. Jerry is a 3 time PSA 3 club member.

Tarheel Canine Training Inc. is a nationally renowned training facility for police service dogs, and has placed trained police dogs at federal, state and local law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally since 1993. Jerry is often a featured speaker at national police K9 conferences, and travels extensively giving seminars to police departments, the US Military, and sport trainers across the United States. Jerry has taught seminars for the US Military, US Special Operations, Australian
Military, Australian Federal Police, Brazilian Military, India’s Tier 1 Special Operations K9 Unit, Canada’s Tier 1 Special Operations K9 Unit, Taiwan NFA, and China’s Police K9 Association. Jerry’s book, Controlled Aggression, is the standard text for understanding the fundamentals of
canine aggression training for police service, personal protection, and competitive dog sports.

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Kay Overlund

Head trainer and owner of MaligatorMom Puppies

If you'd like more information, please check out Kay's website 

Nashville, Tennessee 

About Kay

Kay Overlund, otherwise known as "MaligatorMom" is the creator and organizer of this event. Kay saw a need for modern community in the world of working dogs and has always had goals for owners to have more online resources available to them. In an age where most of us navigate the world with a supercomputer in our pocket, (our cell phones) she was discouraged at the inability to find reliable information from sources she could trust and much of the working dog community was judgmental and unwelcoming. Everyone on the internet claims to be an expert, but where were the real experts? Fueled by frustration, disappointment, and a passion to introduce new forms of technology to owners seeking quality training content, she set out to create this community event!

 

Kay has 4 Belgian Malinois, is a mother of 4 children, runs her own business, and manages a large social media presence across YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. She is currently writing a book about raising working dog puppies, training to compete in PSA with her dog Storm, and will soon be launching an NFT project with goals of raising money to donate to nonprofit working dog charities in the three sectors of civilian, police, and military. Kay also selects and hand raises Belgian Malinois puppies through the first 16 weeks for private buyers.

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Jonas Black

Head trainer and owner of K911

If you'd like more information, please check out Jonas' website 

Austin, Texas

About Jonas

Jonas Black, founder and owner of K911, has had a life-long fascination with animal behavior. From a young age Jonas displayed a keen understanding of canine behavior. He began working with canines at the age of 9 at the Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he tended to the coyote and wolf exhibits.

Jonas decided it was time to follow his passion in 2016 when he made the decision to stop studying engineering and open a business dedicated to giving other people hope for not only their dogs but also hope for their own relationships with their dogs. Jonas is a Balanced Approach canine professional. Jonas has shattered the glass ceilings of owners' expectations time and time again by formulating a custom approach to each and every client's needs.

Jonas is also widely known for his philanthropic work in the world of dog rescue. Through fundraising efforts, free training, and donating 20 hours a week to working with reactive rescue dogs, Jonas has made a measurable impact in Texas and across the U.S. Jonas has a passion for resolving behavior issues, keeping dogs in homes, and saving canine lives in the process. 

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Danny Wells

Head trainer and owner of Unleashed K9

If you'd like more information, please check out Danny's website 

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

About Danny

Danny specializes in the rehabilitation of  dogs that other trainers have deemed a lost cause and untrainable. He is also well known for providing highly trained working dogs for a number of different job roles.  Danny has garnered much respect and esteem among established and well publicized dog trainers/behaviorists from around the world.

Danny's refined methodology for training/rehabilitating dogs speaks for its self, and with regards to 'working dogs', be it, protection or detection, he has completely revolutionized some of the UK's major companies specific approach in how they train working dogs and handlers.

Danny actively competes in working tests/trials with his own dogs and regularly places, taking  first position more often than not.  The 'Unleashed' team also continue to follow in his footsteps when it comes to bringing home the silverware. He has been privileged enough to judge working trials alongside some of the UK's top working dog

trainers.

Danny has worked with a number of the U.K`s leading canine professionals and is regarded, by many, as one of the UK's top dog trainers.

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Jacqui Zakar

Head trainer and owner of Dog Sense

If you'd like more information, please check out Jacqui's website 

Perth, Australia

About Jacqui

Jacqui Zakar is an accredited dog trainer and founder/owner of Dog Sense Training and Behavior, specializing in behavior modification at her training centre in Perth, Australia, and online/virtual training all over the world.

 

Jacqui moved into the working dog world two years ago, training with some of Australia’s top military and sport trainers and subsequently taking on her own Belgian Malinois Halo.

 

With a degree in psychology and education in multiple training approaches, Jacqui developed a special interest into the area of research looking at dog training methodologies and tools, and aims to break down misinformation and stigma surrounding them.

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Julie Starbuck

Search Dogs

If you'd like more information, please check out Julie's Instagram! 

State of Florida

About Julie

Julie is a Search and Rescue K9 Handler, who has dedicated nearly the last decade of her life, “So Others May Live.” As a professional volunteer she has had the opportunity to deploy with her K9s nearly 200 times throughout the U.S. and overseas in the search for missing persons, focusing primarily on cold cases and persons believed to be deceased.

She has assisted with the training of many “pet” dogs brought to their agency, helping them become tracking dogs, live find area search and cadaver dogs.  She loves watching pets become dogs as their natural instincts are awakened allowing them to track and hunt.  Her background as a lawyer helps her prepare team members for the legal aspects of search and rescue that inevitably result from finding the deceased. She believes that the search for the missing goes beyond the K9 and must be used in conjunction with science, technology and training and she especially enjoys working collaboratively with forensic archeologists and anthropologists.

Julie and her K9s have been involved in notable cases such as the search for Don Lewis (Tiger King) and numerous television appearances including Animal Planet and a reenactment of the search for Caylee Anthony on the Oxygen Channel. While not assisting law enforcement she can be found helping archeologist discover ancient burials.

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