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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Trying to get some feedback on East Coast dog vendors.  My department is looking for new vendors for dogs and I was trying to get some input from other units as to the vendors they use and whether they are satisfied with pricing and quality.  Any input would be helpful

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I never recommend any vendor. Actually, I'm not permitted to. Having said that, the first rule is, treat all vendors like used car salesmen. I've never met a vendor that ever sold a bad dog. Secondly, do not take their word, test the dog or have someone you trust test the dog for you. Thirdly, even though it may cost you a few dollars extra, have your own physical done. At a minimum, heart worm and hip x rays. I have absolutely no doubt there are honest, upright and honorable vendors out there. Unfortunately, not all of them are. If you are buying a fully trained dog, have them put it through the paces on neutral ground. Never test a dog at the vendors location.


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I've gotten some very high quality imported (green) dogs from Shallow Creek Kennels (Erie, PA) and Gill's German Shepherds (Lima, OH).  Their websites are  www.shallowcreekk9.com  and  www.gillsgermanshepherds.com.  Both are retired K9 cops and have a good selection of dogs to choose from.  I've had good business experiences with both.

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K-9 Concepts, Broussard, LA

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  I can tell you from personal experience that Al Gill of Gill German shepherds has great dogs. I've worked two of them and have had experience with at least a dozen others. All were fantastic.  On the flip side, a vendor in NC with a reportedly great reputation sold us a dog that should never have been offered for the police. I didn't test the dog so thats on someone else. I never would have even took him out of the kennel knowing what I know about the dog.  The vendor was honest about the dogs' history but I felt it was very poor business even allowing the police to look at him.    Car salesman is a good analogy.


 


 

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www.castlek9.com

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You may want to check out Enforcement K9 in Wilmington NC.  He imports dogs and also provides training if you so desire.  I did research prior to our department's selection of this company as our current vendor.  He is a retired K9 handler as well as military working dog training experience.  Worth checking out. 


http://www.enforcementk9.com/


At one of the leash there is just a dumb animal, but at the other end is a highly trained Police Service Dog.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I have to put in a plug also for enforcementk9. I do not know kevin personally but we have a mutual friend that I train with alot. He gives nothing but good praise for kevin and his group. 

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We have had good luck with dogs from Ventosa Kennels in North Carolina, I have personally bought 5 from there and 3 of the 5 are real hot and the other 2 are good solid all around dogs

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Laz Cabrera at PSDk9.com

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  Metro Dade K9 Services in Miami has provided me with several excellent dogs over the last eight years.

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Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Training Center.... www.alcanine.com


"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"

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I have to recomend Azzi International Service for Dogs (email: aol.com">AzziK9@aol.com  Phone: 740-225-2109).  They are located about 20 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio.  Great import dogs with high drive.  My last dog came from him back in 1996 and I just recently got another great DDR GSD import this month!  He currently has a nice large Belgian Malinois he wants to get rid of, not sure of the drive.


 


 


 

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I can tell you from experience be wary of EnforcementK9 in Wilmington and Kevin Beck.  My PD purchased  3 K9s from him and he wont honor the warranty.  I can not go into specifics due to pending litigation against Mr. Beck and his company, all I can say is my dog had a health defect and he would not make things right. 

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K9Deuce says ...



I've gotten some very high quality imported (green) dogs from Shallow Creek Kennels (Erie, PA) and Gill's German Shepherds (Lima, OH).  Their websites are  www.shallowcreekk9.com  and  www.gillsgermanshepherds.com.  Both are retired K9 cops and have a good selection of dogs to choose from.  I've had good business experiences with both.



I'm all for Shallow Creek.  My Shepherd is from there.  A lot of Chicago area towns are going with them for their quality products.


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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

www.trianglek9.com  North Carolina

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Anyone ever deal with Bullocks K9 in Greenville NC ?

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 I would recommend Southern Police Canine in Spring Hope NC

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I can highly recommend  Von Wilhendorf Kennels in New Milford, CT http://wilhendorf.us/


They have one of (if not the) best kennels in North America and their dogs often take top place in Schutzhund and Seiger competitions. They have strong ties to breeders in Germany and other countries but have their own domestic lines as well. John Henkel is very experienced and helpful. I trained under his late father (also named John Henkel). They have a long history of working with law enforcement.

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Amen to the used car salesman...They all are, of course they are in the business to make money.  Test the dogs and try to pick the best, and if the need arises hold them accountable to the trainability and medical clause and get a new dog.  Dont let them tell you how to fix the dog you are having problems with.

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im new to the k9 dogs and tryin to train one my self does anyone no where i can get any training stuff or have any tips 

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Canine training is a very broad area. It would be helpful to know what you are trying to train for, to know what tips to give.


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

i would like to start my dog on tracking to start with

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for sport, hobby, AKC, law enforcement? What type of dog are you planning on using, GSD, Mal, Bloodhound etc? You sure are making this a lot more difficult than it needs to be.  ha ha


 


 


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haha  hobby/ search and rescue i have a mali bout year old hes been start in obdien a lil bit

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

SAR isn't a hobby. It's a committment. If your goal is SAR, first I would contact a SAR group in your area and have the dog evaluated. No sense spinning your wheels with a dog that won't do the work.


 


 


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

 My agency is going through East Coast Canine.  They import great dogs from overseas and have quality instructors.  The cost of the school is usually covered by going through the local community college which keeps the overall cost down.  They have a website link posted below.  Let me know if you have any questions.


http://www.eastcoastcanine.com/


 


 

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Im new to this K9 world, but I have found so far that our departments recommend dogs imported straight from Germany. We got my dog from Thomas Lapp. My dog is impressive. We have completed 96 hours of training and everytime I get my pup out, everyone is impressed. He was 18 months when we had him shipped in. We are at 20 months now and its nothing by good reviews. Hips, blood, and paperwork all 10-8!


His training and understanding of schutzhund is impressive. He was never titled, however, I am working on my BH now and he is ready. We may go Sch 1 when I get some time.. but until then.. His tracking is awesome and we are going to focus on catching bad guys!


 


Good luck !


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Schutzhund, while a good foundation, doesn't always make a good PSD. Schutzhund tracking is like watching paint dry and it's it very contrary to good police tracking. If it's going to be a police dog, I'd be training in police tactics etc first. Afterward, if the department allows it, go for your BH and I.


 


 


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

100% agree. Not only is Sch tracking boring and non-productive on the road..Sch dogs are trained primarily in prey drive.  This is a PSD so you need to teach this dog to fight. This means muzzle work and a little defensive pressure to begin with. The more he gets comfortable, the more pressure you can put on him. 


Dogs who bite in  prey may look impressive but the fact is there is no stress in prey biting. Only when you put some defensive pressure on a dog will you see what he's made of. He's a young dog so don't let some hack of a decoy break him. His fighting training needs to be nurtured like any other type of training. Baby steps, and anly progress when the dog is ready. 


 


 BTW, putting a BH on a patrol dog is not doing you any favors on the street. I'd stick with the police style tracking and if you must compete with him just make it in bite work.  Even then, Sch judges don't like to see dogs that really enjoy the fight.....neither do bad guys.


 


Good luck.