King, Nick

Nicholas King is the Director of Operations and Founder of Von Der King Kennels and Training – VDK. Formed in 2010, VDK specializes in canine and handler training for local, state and federal applications. VDK imports canines from around the world and runs a successful breeding program producing social, stable, driven canines. Nick has been training dogs since 2005, handling a Narcotics Detection K-9 and two Explosives Detection K-9s. VDK was originally located in Michigan, where Nick ran an extremely successful training group consisting of teams from Ann Arbor Police Department, Eastern Michigan University Police, Milan Police Department, City of Flint Police Department and more. Current clientele of VDK includes TSA, CBP, DoD, ATF, numerous other law enforcement agencies and multimillion-dollar private security firms.

Nick is also the Club Training Director for a dog sport called French Ring. Under his guidance and decoy work, multiple dogs within the club are competing at the highest levels, with multiple Regional and Championship events, International Competition and numerous dogs to compete internationally with the “Team USA” designation. French Ring is notable for its complexity of bite targeting and control during aggression. Nick is an active competitor in French Ring, handling and titling five dogs within the sport, two of which are French Ring 3 competitors. Nick is also a Certified Peace Officer in the State of Georgia.

Class: Decoy and Handler – Tools and Techniques for Developing the Street Dog *Live-Demonstration using dogs*

This class will cover basic learning theory, targeting areas, canine equipment, decoy equipment,
specialty tools used in aggression, progression of training evolutions and scenarios. Also included will be a brief overview of our industry leading VDK Muzzle Training System.

Class: Building a Detection Beast with K-9 BSD *Live-Demonstration using dogs*

This class will cover basic learning theory, terminology, K-9 BSD uses, Direct and Indirect Reward Systems and progression of use for K-9 BSD.