In 2013, the TacDogs program expanded by starting an annual Instructor/Trainer certification.  Each year, we invite handlers to attend this seminar to become new Trainers.  Some Trainers are asked to return to become Instructors.  All current Trainers and Instructors are asked to return for re-certification to maintain the integrity of their skills and integrity to the program.  Each one of them has utilized this program to enhance their handling capabilities, deployment success, and overall team safety.  Listed below are some of the Instructors and Trainers that are currently certified under the TacDogs Training Program.

We consider our Instructors and Trainers some of the best in the industry.  They are all REAL police K9 handlers with experience and incredible knowledge to share.  Most importantly, they are all great people with passion for teaching and helping keep cops safer.  The combined years of K9 training from these Instructors and Trainers has supported the integrity and realism that makes this program successful for today’s K-9 team.  These handlers have a full understanding of the principles of the training, deployments, and documentation within this program.

We do want K-9 teams to attend this annual seminar as well.  The benefit? Individualized attention during the 3-day seminar!  This seminar includes lodging and meals for out-of-state attendees.  Email Leslie Titus at: for details.


Justin BaumanJUSTIN BAUMAN has been in the USAF since 2006, and a K9 handler or K9 supervisor since 2011.  He attended several TacDogs seminars since 2014 in the dog team capacity.  In 2016 he was invited to be a Trainer.  In 2017, be became an Instructor.


Eddie and Riot 10:17EDDIE BRANNON was in federal law enforcement from 1988-2016, and a held a position as a K9 handler since 1990 in Florida.  Eddie took a Sheriff’s Deputy position as a K-9 handler in 2016 after retiring from his federal job, and remains in Florida.  He attended his first TacDogs seminar in 2009.  Eddie is considered an ‘expert’ in tracking which is backed by his experiences.  Eddie has been an Instructor since 2013.


Gordon and TitanGORDON CARROLL has 30+ years as a law enforcement officer, 20+ as a K-9 handler.  Gordon is the Trainer for his department, and became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015.  He initiated the expansion of his unit in 2015 with 3 additional teams that were trained under this program. In 2016, Gordon became a TacDogs Instructor.


Copeland photoDEREK COPELAND started his law enforcement career in the USAF in 2002 and is still currently serving on active duty.  Derek has held several positions while serving as a military policeman in some of the most austere conditions in the world including Patrolman, Base Defense Operations Center Controller, Anti Terrorism Officer, Protective Services Detail, Armorer, K9 Handler and Trainer, Kennel Master, Unit Trainer, and is now currently serving as a S.W.A.T. Team Sergeant. Derek has been a TacDogs Trainer since 2015, and became an Instructor in 2016. He is the co-owner of NCATS, National Canine Tracking Audit System.  The newest, easiest, and strongest way to certify dual and single purpose K-9 teams.


img_5345.jpgERIC COX has been in law enforcement in Texas, since September, 1998. He handled a scent-discriminating bloodhound for the Galveston Police Department prior to going to work for the League City Police Department in 2008.  Eric was responsible for re-starting the K9 Unit within the League City Police Dept in 2011, and has been the unit trainer and a dual-purpose narcotic/patrol dog handler since August, 2011. Eric began training his unit’s dogs using the TacDogs program in 2013.  Eric became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015, and a TacDogs Instructor in May 2016.

Brent and Sabre

BRENT KIEFFER has been in law enforcement in Colorado since 2001. He started his agency’s K-9 unit in 2008. Brent attended our very 1st TacDogs seminar in August of 2009. He was brought up “old school” like most of us using compulsive techniques to train his dog and wondered why he was bit more than once. Brent has changed his training philosophies and is recognized for his success as a handler which has allowed his unit to grow.  Brent retired from Littleton PD, CO in October 2017.  His partner Sabor was retired with him.  In 2018, Brent became an officer with Toledo PD, Ohio.  He has been a TacDogs Instructor since 2013.



KottkeBryan Kottke has worked for the Federal Heights Police Department, in Colorado, since 2014.  He started the department’s K9 unit in 2016 and is currently their only K9 team.  Many hours of research went in to selecting the right training for the K9 team.  When Bryan was introduced to the TacDogs program of training by Agent Lone of the Lakewood Police Department it was obvious that TacDogs would be adopted.  Bryan and his K9 partner “Taz” have been working the street successfully using this program as their foundation.  Bryan continues his training with TacDogs and become a trainer in 2018.


Pat and Ty

PATRICK LONE has been in law enforcement since 2001, with the Lakewood Police Department in Colorado. He has been a K9 handler since 2003. In February of 2013 he started working his second PSD “Ty” strictly under the TacDogs program.  His S.W.A.T. team looks to him for training their K-9 unit so that they can successfully deploy with their S.W.A.T. team.  Patrick has been a TacDogs Instructor since 2013.


dan-mclean.jpgDAN McLEAN has been employed with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office AZ since 2006.  In 2008, he was assigned to the K-9 Unit and began working with his first Partner LJ. Learning several different compulsion techniques, he figured there had to be a better way to train a team. In 2012 he was assigned his second partner Barko. After struggles with current training techniques Dan reached out to Brett and in 2014 attended his first TacDogs seminar.  Utilizing the TacDogs principals and philosophies “…’Training For The Real World’, we have increased workability, providing safer and more reliable K-9 teams, increasing productively of our unit.” Dan became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015, and an Instructor in 2017.  Dan is currently working with his 3rd partner, Taibo.



JEFF MULQUEEN has worked with the Greenwood Village Police Department in Colorado since 1993. He has been a K9 handler since 2000.   Jeff solicited Brett’s help to find and train his 2nd PSD, “Magnum” in 2011.  K9 Magnum was trained under the TacDogs Training Program beginning as a “green” dog that passed certification and was “street ready” in 5 weeks time.  Jeff became a TacDogs Instructor in 2013.  Jeff is training his 3rd PSD now, Riggs, under this program.

Norton and dog

In May 2016, TIM NORTON retired from Phoenix PD, AZ with 30 years of service as a police officer. Tim had been assigned to K-9 since 1995. Tim’s expertise comes from thousands of various K-9 deployments, specializing in patrol and narcotics detection. Tim had four PSD’s during his career, and has trained other K-9 teams during his term.  Tim didn’t stay retired long, he is now the Sheriff of Elbert County, in Colorado.  Tim became a TacDogs Instructor in 2014.

Joe Smith

JOE SMITH has been in law enforcement since 2005.  Joe started working his first PSD, Coty, in 2007 and is on his second PSD, Stryker, at this time.  Joe is responsible for the training of new dogs and K9 tactic at his department.  Joe attended an ATOA (Arkansas Tactical Officer Association) conference in 2014 where the TacDogs program was first introduced to him.  The TacDogs program struck a cord and filled void in training.   Joe attended the TacDogs Instructor/Trainer course in 2017 to become a Trainer, and in 2018 became in Instructor. 

Matt Sneed

MATT SNEED has been a Deputy Sheriff in Indiana since April of 2005. Matt has been a K-9 handler since 2012 with his current partner Ziomek. Matt learned quickly that the compulsion method of training was not working and reached out to find a better way. He attended and participated in his first TacDogs seminar in 2014. Matt quickly subscribed to the TacDogs Training Program and through continued attendance and dedication to the TacDogs training methods found that he would excel in his real life deployments. Matt and Ziomek work better as a team now, Matt has off-lead control with his dog that allows him to be selected for utilizations that other K-9’s teams can not perform. Matt’s confidence and training with his partner increase their reliability and enhances the safety and success of those he works with on the street.  Matt became a TacDogs Instructor in 2016.


JARROT TEVAULT has over 17 years as a municipal police officer in Arizona, with over 11 years as a K9 handler.  Jarrot was initially introduced to the TacDogs program in 2013 with his 2nd K9 “Sinbad”.  Jarrot became a TacDogs trainer in 2018. He is currently an explosives detection K9 handler in Kabul, Afghanistan.


TRAVIS WILLIAMS been employed with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, AZ, since 2007. In 2010, Travis began working his first K9, “Russ”. He was taught the old school “compulsion method” of training with K9 Russ and realized early on that there had to be a better way of training without all the negative training methods. It was shortly after this when Travis discovered the TacDogs program, which was training for the real world. Travis and his second K9, “Troy”, have trained under the TacDogs training philosophies and have had great results and success with the foundations of this program during training and real-life deployments. Travis has also trained 8 other dog teams under this program which has made each team safer and more dependable on the road.  Travis became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015, and an Instructor in 2016.