Luis Rodriguez was welcomed to the Vohne Liche Kennels family in January 2007. Luis has nine years of experience as Head Trainer of the K-9 Unit with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections. He is a Graduate of the VLK Trainer’s Course and is now a Senior Instructor for multiple law enforcement and military working dog courses. Luis is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and is the primary instructor for VLK’s Spanish-speaking clients to include Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica.


Class: K-9 Use of Force

This class will focus on the use of force policies and best practices for patrol canines. K-9 use of force has become a hot topic these days. Law enforcement agencies now more than ever should institute strong policies and procedures for all aspects of their canine operations.

Simon Boylett is currently an Advisor / Instructor for the Special Security Forces Command, Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Bahrain. He has over 22 years of experience working with the Police Force, specifically with police dogs.


Class: Off-Leash and Underground Searches

The Explosives Detection Section at the Bahraini Police Dog Unit has extensive knowledge and experience in Off-Leash searches using a laser pointer. Incorporated with Off-Leash searches, Explosives Detection Police Dogs are also trained to detect explosive odors up to 30 cm underground. The Police Dog Unit for the Kingdom of Bahrain is happy to share its years long off-leash and underground search experience with conference attendees and provide them with alternate search methods and training techniques.

Class Topics:

  1. Off Leash searches using a laser pointer:

  • Training methods and techniques
  • Goals and benefits
  • Demonstrating examples from previous experiences (videos)

  2. Underground Searches up to 30 cm deep:

  • Training methods
  • Goals and benefits
  • Demonstrating examples from previous experiences (videos)

 

For more than 20 years, Joris Kerckhof served and instructed in the military, private security and federal police and developed an intimate knowledge in canine operations from puppy to retirement during that time. From detection services to crowd control and tactical operations, they have been and are confident in the ability to tailor canine training to achieve the desired result. Be it a personal pet, an at-home protection dog, Police K-9 or Military multi-purpose canine, we believe in developing brave dogs who meld with their families or partners to not only be of service but also provide loyal companionship. Born from strife and out of love, Belgium’s Finest K9 is built upon the tried-and-true methods and techniques founder Joris Kerckhof personally learned and applied as a Belgian Federal Police canine handler. BFK9 specializes in the use of NePoPo® training system developed by Michael & Bart Bellon and equipment in combination with the representation and distribution of Martin System ®️ equipment. Julius Caesar once said, “Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae.” The English translation is, “Of all these, the Belgians are the bravest.” And from our experience, none so more than our dogs


Class: NePoPo®️ *Live-Demonstration using dogs*

NePoPo®️ the modern way of dog training

Jake Wright served in the United States Marine Corps, which gave him the opportunity to see all the capabilities a K-9 can offer. This inspired him to train dogs both for civilians and law enforcement over the last 10 years. Over that time, he has competed in sports IGP (Schutzhund), PSA and became a certified PSA decoy. Currently, he is the Owner and Head Trainer at Precision K9 Work in Austin, Texas. He and his staff work daily with owners/handlers from law enforcement to family pet owners. This requires a balance of various training techniques and full understanding of canine behavior. He is very passionate about canine education and his mission is to make sure K-9 handlers and dog owners get the proper education.Visit precisionk9work.com


Class: The Art of Remote Collar Introduction and Problem Solving

Remote collars are a great way to get the off leash control and reliability we all want. This class will teach the step-by-step approach on starting a dog in the remote collar and how we can get the off leash reliability. Along the way, we will cover misconceptions about remote collar training and discuss problem solving and troubleshooting solutions that may arise when using the remote collar.

Being born and raised in Holland where professional K-9 training is a significant industry, Ron Ligtenberg was immersed in the working dog culture at a young age. He began working dogs at the age of 12 years old, training his personal Malinois and subsequent K-9s (all Malinois or German Shepherd). As his passion for dogs grew, he had the opportunity to enter dog sports such as Schutzhund, IPO, KNPV and Bond van Diensthonden.

At the age of 17, Ron joined the Dutch Navy, becoming a diver until he completed his service and entered the commercial diving industry. While traveling the world with his diving career, Ron found himself not only wanting to continue to work a dog but also to completely understand what truly drives a working dog. He studied under many of the top trainers in the world observing the evolution of behavior to form his own methodology and found his company, Ronin Dog Training.

The Ronin Method was developed on the natural instinct and drives of the dog but more specifically, the working dog for police and military. Ron’s distinct way of decoying and tracking allowed departments and handlers to see an exponential increase of success rates in real world applications. The Ronin Method has been applied to all dogs that go through his program and because of the dissatisfaction in available dogs to purchase by vendors in Europe, Ron then developed his own breeding program, allowing him to proudly stand behind his 3-year health and workability guarantee. All puppies out of the Ronin Breeding Program begin training at a very young age and are exposed to extensive environments in their daily life before being placed with a handler. Although Ron runs his founding company in the Netherlands where he has his puppy program and trains K-9s to certification level, he also has a facility in Old Fort, Tennessee which is located in the southeast part of the state. The U.S. based operations is where trained dogs are transitioned to their new handlers as well as where police/military K-9 workshops and classes are held.

Visit www.ronindogtraining.com


Class: Tactical Training for Operational Working Dogs

In the stressful environment associated with law enforcement, high risk engagement with a perpetrator can be mitigated when properly utilizing the working K-9. In this class, Ron Ligtenberg highlights three main areas enabling handlers to formulate a tactical procedure that will bring more success to teams.

ICRWDA President and Wynn Resorts K9 Program Manager Ryan Millbern has over 17 years of K-9 management, training and handling experience within Law Enforcement, High Threat Overseas Security Contracting and Domestic Security Operations. This experience includes standing up new K-9 programs, existing K-9 program assessment and improvement protocols, creating K-9 program specific corporate and law enforcement policies/SOPs, developing operational deployment strategies and establishing K-9 and handler testing and selection procedures.

Ryan has also trained scores of Police, Contract and Security working dogs and handlers in numerous disciplines including explosives detection, narcotics detection, wildlife conservation detection, human remains detection, bed bug detection, scent discriminate trailing, patrol apprehension and personal protection. He has obtained Trainer and Handler certifications from various entities including ATF, DEA, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, Colorado Police Canine Association, North American Police Work Dog Association, United States Police Canine Association, Southern Coast K9, Silver State K9, Ford K9 Training, and Hill Country Dog Center. Additionally, Ryan more than doubled sales and dramatically increased product quality, educational enrichment, brand reputation and integrity during his tenure as the Director of Working Dog Operations with a struggling Police K-9 Handler School/Trainer school in North Carolina.

Ryan is a retired Police Officer, North Carolina Board of Community Colleges approved Police K-9 Master Trainer School Instructor, a human borne explosives decoy currently supporting TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Training Program (NEDCTP) at airports across the United States and presently holds a federal security clearance. Ryan is also proud to serve as the Senior Program Manager of K-9 Operations for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas, overseeing a large multi-threat vector K-9 Unit tasked with the protection of over 13,000 employees and guests across the sprawling Forbes 5-Star rated resort.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CASINO & RESORT WORKING DOG ASSOCIATION

ICRWDA is the world’s leading hospitality and resort security focused K-9 association. ICRWDA’s mission is to support Casino, Resort and Private Security K-9 handlers with cost-free professional training and to provide K-9 Subject Matter Experts to any entity in the hospitality/resort/tourism industry looking to create new K-9 programs or to improve their existing K-9 assets. ICRWDA also provides scholarship opportunities for Security and Law Enforcement K-9 teams to attend K-9 training conferences across the globe. ICRWDA is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit organization. For more information visit us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube or www.ICRWDA.org


Class: Reality Based K-9 Training and US Based Operations for LE/Commercial Explosives Detection Teams

The demand for competent explosives detection teams in the United States is growing exponentially, yet the bulk of EDD teams across the nation remain undertrained, underfunded and underutilized. Are you and your dog truly ready to face today’s explosive threat environment? Do your training techniques reflect what you actually face? Join ICRWDA President and Wynn Resorts K9 Program Manager, Ryan Millbern, as he covers RBT protocols that are specific to modern explosives detection K-9 teams including planning, documentation, safety protocols, K-9 vs Handler learning objectives, Single Purpose vs Dual Purpose K-9s and cost-effective, real-world training scenarios designed to increase capabilities and confidence. Ryan will also be discussing best practice operational techniques for US based LE and commercial explosive detection teams to maximize capabilities with limited EDD resources to better address current explosive threats to the US homeland. Topics will include proactive vs reactive sweeps in commercial environments, area prioritization, post-blast search protocols and communications with venue management, LE and Bomb Squad personnel.

Dave Reese is the CEO of 3 International companies and a boarding kennel in Chicago: K-9, INC (police and military green dog sales), International Scent Solutions (K-9 consulting), ShipMyPets.com (working dog and pet logistics) and VIP PET HOTELS (boarding kennel). Dave is a Certified Master Trainer with 33 years of experience in the K-9 Security and Defense Industry. He has worked with agencies in over 25 countries including Madrid, London, Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Mexico, Scotland, Hong Kong, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan and many others.

Dave specializes in consulting, green dog sales, import/export of working dog and pet logistics, scent detection, training, handling, kenneling and specialty training. He has consulted for governments and international organizations and has lived and traveled throughout the world to work with police, military, private sector security and anti-terrorist experts.

Dave is a law enforcement Training and Standards Board Master Canine Instructor, a Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist, published author and patent holder. He wrote the first private sector laws for the K-9 Industry and has worked on special projects in the scientific research and development of working dogs.


Class: Applied Natural and Biological Systems of Working Dogs

In this class, we’ll be discussing how environmental acclimation/stimulation and different applied training methods effect working dogs. We will teach understanding of classical conditioning VS operant conditioning, true drives compared to learned drives, biological systems of working dogs, K-9 body language and how they all affect K-9 training.

Mr. Kelley serves as the Project Lead for the National Counter IED Capabilities Assessment Database (NCCAD) preparedness program, Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), with in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

     Mr. Kelley has over 42 years of experience in the first responder community. He is a 28-year veteran of the Arlington County, VA Fire Department. He retired in 2006 as an Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Fire Marshal and a certified law enforcement officer. His last 20 months he was also the Chief Building Official. Mr. Kelley was a nationally registered EMT paramedic for 18 years and founder of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team. He was the County’s first certified fire protection specialist and certified fire and explosives investigator. His last six year he was also a certified bomb technician and commander of the Department’s bomb squad, which was responsible for such facilities as Reagan National Airport, The Pentagon, CIA and National Foreign Affairs Training Center.

     Mr. Kelley was one of the two key incident commanders on the scene at the Pentagon on 9-11 and throughout the event. He later testified before the 9-11 Commission in New York City regarding Arlington County’s response efforts on April 1, 2002; and he has presented at hundreds of meetings and conferences regarding this event.

     After retiring from Arlington County, he joined the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in 2008. One of his responsibilities was to serve on the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC) for Infrastructure Protection (IP) in DHS serving as vice-chair from 2008 to 2012 and serving as chairman for 2012 to 2014. In this role Mr. Kelley represented 3.2 million first responders nationwide. One of their core missions is safe response to bombing and active shooter incidents. In this role he sat on several sub-committees to include Cyber Security; Access, Credentialing and Re-entry; Medical Countermeasures; Active Shooter Response; Blue Campaign (Human Trafficking).

     Prior to joining the NCCAD team fulltime in OBP, he was an Adjunct Professor/Instructor on terrorism and explosives for 19 years at New Mexico Tech University in Socorro New Mexico. He was also a NCCAD Facilitator and worked on the Multi-Jurisdictional IED Security Planning (MJIEDSP) assessment program, and the Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) for the retail industry.


Class: Does Your Explosives Detection K-9 Have Everything it Needs?

Mr. Kelley will review all of the programs offered by the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), and why it is necessary for Explosive Detection Canines (EDC) to be registered in the National Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD) program.

Kevin Beck is the Vice President of Canine Training Operations for Global K9 Protection Group. He currently oversees the training and operations for over 320 canine teams deployed across the United States. Kevin is a former United States Marine Corps Canine Instructor, Trainer, Handler and Supervisor for Department of Defense/Federal Air Aviation Explosive Dog Program at Lackland, AFB, Texas. Kevin is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy Institute, West Virginia and the F.B.I.’s Hazardous Device School (EOD) at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama.

Kevin is a retired Wilmington Police Officer and was the owner/operator of Becks K9 Service, where he supplied canines to the US Customs and Border Patrol, US Capitol Police, US Embassy in Guatemala and Mexico and the Department of Homeland Security to include the Special Operations Command of the US Navy and US Army.

Kevin holds certifications as an Instructor through the DoD Instructor Academy at Lackland AFB and is a Master Trainer with the United Police Work Dog Association (UPWDA) and a National Trainer and Judge with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Additionally, Kevin is qualified by the State of North Carolina as an Expert Witness in Law Enforcement Canine Training and Operation Procedures.

Kevin travels throughout the United States and to multiple countries to hand test and procure all canines for Global K9 Solutions. Kevin has tested and selected thousands of active canines across the United States of America and across the Globe.


Class: K-9 Procurement 101

We’ll be discussing the 25 years of procuring dogs from Western and Eastern Europe and the pros and cons of purchasing dogs in Europe. The overall goal of this class is to educate to the attendees on the proper selection of dogs using the methodology of nerve strength verses retrieve drive and the fact that drive will mask over weak nerves in a dog. This class will focus on both single purpose dogs and dual purpose dogs and how using the nerve strength methodology instead of drive will enable the attendee to select a far better single or dual purpose candidate for their K-9 program.

Over the last 13 years, Steven Antommarchi has held the law enforcement titles of Patrol Officer, Canine Handler, Canine Supervisor, Canine Trainer and Interim Chief of Police.

    His first encounter with a K-9 team was in New York City on September 11, 2001. He witnessed a search and rescue K-9 team fighting through horrible conditions, while overcoming serious injury for the sake of saving lives. That encounter made such a profound impression on him that he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

    15 years later, on July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, K-9 Officer Antommarchi found himself in the middle of the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11. Tasked with the responsibility of clearing the downtown area for improvised explosive devices, the reason he got into working K-9s came full circle.

    Being mentored by Tony Guzman and Robert “Bob” Suarez, Antommarchi is an Instructor for Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, a K-9 case study trainer for the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) and a trainer for Metro Dade K9.

    Most recently, he became one of the lead trainers and co-designer of the training methodology for a scientific study through IFRI on “Hemp vs Marijuana.” This study is to evaluate the ability for narcotic detector dogs to discriminate between the odor of marijuana and hemp. The study is being headed by Dr. Kelvin Frank of Florida International University and is in the process of being submitted for publication.

    Antommarchi is the K-9 trainer for over a dozen north Texas law enforcement agencies and travels across the United States with a team of K-9 instructors conducting workshops and seminars focusing on operational readiness and K-9 aggression instincts. He is also a Certifying Official for the American Working Dog Association for the disciplines of Narcotics, Patrol, Tracking, Trailing, Explosives, Accelerant and Personal Protection.


Class: K-9 Instincts and an Interdiction Mindset *Live-Demonstration using Dogs*

    Have you wondered why two different dogs of the same breed, with the same amount of drive can act so differently when introduced to various operational exercises? Have you tried to train two different dogs the same way and get vastly different results? The first step in the solution is to learn, understand and exploit the different types of instincts found within each canine which will allow for a more individualized approach to training. In this class, you will learn to characterize those instincts, manipulate them to get the most out of your canine and develop the desired instincts and suppressing the undesired. A detection demonstration will be presented to show the results of proper manipulation of canine instincts paired with trained obedience to odor.