Working Dog Programs and Systems

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We Create Training Systems and Solutions for Working Dogs and their Handlers

K9-1 Specialized Dog Training has roots in training dogs for military, police, private security, and other working projects.

We recognize the pitfalls that a lack of standards in the industry causes.  This can cause a variety of problems including:

  • Public safety and liability issues
  • Poor performance by the "trained" dog
  • Handler frustration
  • Inhumane treatment of the dogs during training and on the job
  • Increase in the amount of dog bites to the handlers

If you recognize a problem in your working dog program, contact us to see how we can help.[/list][divider_line type="divider_shadow" opacity="25"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]" My name is Jason Albrechtsen. I am the K9 sergeant for the City of Newburgh Police Department. I have been involved in K9 as a handler myself, unit supervisor, and USPCA Judge for about 10 of my 15 year and continuing career. Through my position I had the absolute pleasure to come and meet Mike D'Abruzzo and his company K9-1.

After my time with Mike and the acquisition of one of his German Shepherds, there isn't enough time to express my satisfaction and great impression Mike made and continues to make. Through Mike's unsurpassed passion for K9's he has come up with an impeccable, modern, and unique training style. Having used it myself I honestly feel this is the technique that dog owners and police officers should use. There is never a worry about hurting your partner, however Mike sacrifices nothing with his technique, emphasizing on total control of your dog without being forceful in teaching it. I've seen a dog "enjoy" the learning phase of training and every aspect of training thereafter. The bond I have created with my dog using K9-1's technique is amazing, and the relationship my dog and I have is beyond what I ever expected or have had with any K9. "[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][imageeffect image="1359" type="shadow" alt="Sergeant Jason Albrechtson on the set of Blue Bloods with Ru" target="_self" titleoverlay="yes" css_animation="appear"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][divider_line type="divider_shadow" opacity="25"][videoembed type="youtube" ratio="sixteen_by_nine" url="" id="video_0" shadow="yes"][vc_column_text]

Upcoming Seminar with K9-1

 Southern Tier Police Canine Association Inc.

21st Annual Advanced Handlers K-9 Seminar

June 2-6, 2014

Endicott, NY

This is a working Police Service Dog Team seminar

Training will consist of:

Problem Solving


Decoy Training

Tactical Deployments

Urban and Rural Tracking Environments

Explosive Detection

Narcotics Detection

K-9 Team Seminar Cost $325.00

New York State Testing/Certification Available

Eastern Police Canine Association Testing/Certification Available


(EPCA Membership of $25.00 required and Testing Fee of $25.00 per test required)

Overview of Training Curriculum


Tracking Course Overview:  To provide K-9 teams with training and practical experience tracking, problem solving, in urban and rural environments, SAR, Human Remains and Detection

Cliff Samson-Manitoba Fire Commissioners Office/Retired Winnipeg Police


Explosive Course Overview:  To provide K-9 teams with training and practical experience with “real world deployments”.

Training Will Be Conducted With the Endicott Police Bomb Squad

  • Duane Shaffer-TSA Department of Homeland Security/Retired Binghamton (NY) Police
  • Cliff Samson-Manitoba Fire Commissioners Office/Retired Winnipeg Police


Narcotics Course Overview:  To provide K-9 teams with training and practical experience advanced hides scenarios and drive building.

  • Dan Smith – Cheektowaga, (NY) Police (Retired)
  • Mike Page-Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office

Problem Solving/Protection/Certification Training

Problem Solving/Protection:  Solutions and behavioral corrects to common problems experienced in bite, obedience issues for deployments.  E.P.C.A. Certification Training:  Preparation training for testing with the Eastern Police Canine Association Inc for Street Ready Police Dog, Police Dog 1, Police Dog 2, Tracking Dog Certifications.

  • Tony Patricola – TO/Newburgh (NY) Police (Retired)

Problem Solving/Protection/Decoy Training/Tactical

Problem Solving/Protection:  Solutions and behavioral corrects to common problems experienced in protection deployments.

Mike D’Abruzzo – Owner K9-1 Specialized Dog Training


(Instructors May Be Added Or Changed)

MIKE D'ABRUZZO  Is the owner and trainer of K9-1 Specialized Dog Training and is a graduate of Tom Rose school of Dog Training, Global K9 trainer's course, has an associates degree in veterinary science, is a veteran of OIF as an infantry medic.  Mike and his head trainer, Nathaniel Bonilla who is also a Tom Rose school graduate with 13 years full time experience training working dogs will provide varied scenarios for the team, and will offer training and problem solving leash handling techniques to improve control,airway protection,and using the leash for tactical non-verbal communication to the K9  All aspects of modern low level e-collar work done in a way that won't cause negative side effects, improve safety, and reliability in off-leash deployment bite work, encouraging and maintaining the deep hold on the bite, "outing" the dog without side effects to the bite and without handler conflict, all aspects of "proofing" K9s off of bite equipment, proper muzzle work, hidden sleeve use, etc, how to run defense of handler drills, multiple target apprehensions, and other scenario based drills,  any and all troubleshooting, improving the working relationship between handler/k9,  troubleshooting common problems that arise from living with the working dog,  a system to help troubleshoot almost any common behavior problem or obedience issue

MIKE PAGE Mike Page is currently employed by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control.  Mike was a K9 handler and trainer for the City of Johnstown (PA) Police Department for 12 years handling two dual purpose dogs.  Mike trained under NAWPDA, West Virginia Canine College and EPCA receiving certifications in all.  Mike is detection and Patrol Trial Judge for EPCA and will work with you to enhance your K9’s scent detection skills

TONY PATRICOLA  Tony is a retired Sergeant, K9 handler and Trainer with the Town of Newburgh (NY) Police Department.  Tony is “one of the few” that was able to achieve the highest level of certification with EPCA in patrol and tracking.  Tony is a Patrol and Narcotics Judge and Trainer for EPCA. 

CLIFF SAMSON Cliff currently works for the Manitoba Fire Commissioner Office and has over twenty year’s experience as a canine handler, and held the position of supervisor and senior trainer for the Winnipeg Police Service Canine Unit for over 10 years.   He is past President of the Canadian Police Canine Association, a certified Patrol Dog Judge (DPO-PSP), and holds a Master trainers certificate through the Canine Law Enforcement Accreditation Registry and has completed training with the RCMP.  Cliff has participated in and been responsible for VIP Explosive Detector Dog sweeps for all visits of the Prime Minister and Governer General to Winnipeg, along with the Queen of England, assist with explosive sweeps for International dignitaries, coordinated K9 search teams and worked an explosive detector dog during the 1999 Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg, and the G-8 Summit held in Kananaskis Alberta in 2002.  Cliff was a explosive dog handler at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.  Cliff has been responsible for training HUSAR dogs for one of Canada’s five National teams.  Purina 2001 Champion, has been asked to judge the annual CPCA trials 7 years in a row, selected for a committee to set up a National Standard for Explosive Detector Dogs at all International Airports in Canada, and asked to sit on a panel formed to develop a National HUSAR K-9 standard, Cliff will conducting training in Tracking Problem Solving and Search and Rescue and will be available to assist with training Explosive Detection Teams

DUANE SHAFFER Duane is a well-known trainer and has handled a K-9 as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, the unit’s supervisor with the Binghamton, NY Police Department retiring as such.  Duane is currently working for the Department of Homeland Security as a Field K9 Coordinator with TSA overseeing the training of TSA Explosive Detection K9.  Duane is currently a sworn officer with the New Berlin, NY Police Department.  Duane is one of the founders, directors, examiners and trainers for EPCA and STPCA.  Duane will work with you on Explosive Detection.  Duane will be available to examine NYS BMP Certification for Narcotics, Explosives, Evidence Recovery, Tracking and Patrol.  Duane is also a Trainer and Judge in all Disciplines for EPCA

*NEW* Interoperability training will be conducted with the Endicott Police Bomb Squad to include post blast scenarios and deployments including robot/technicians/K-9’s scenarios

DAN SMITH Dan retired from the Cheektowaga, NY Police Department as a K9 handler.  Dan is one of the founders and a director of the EPCA, and is currently the association’s secretary.  Dan will conduct an introduction, problem solving and practical exercises, drive development and enhancement of detection.  Dan is a certified Trial Judge and Trainer for EPCA.

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Make Your Own Hotel Reservations

Recommended Lodging: Special Rate of $85.00 per night.

La Quinta Inn - Johnson City, 581 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790-1470, US

Phone: (607) 770-9333 Call this direct line and mention K9 Seminar.

Complimentary Breakfast at La Quinta Inn, admission to local health club with room.

Daily Lunch Provided by Southern Tier Police K-9

Hospitality Night provided no additional charge

Seminar T-Shirt provided no additional charge

Questions or concerns contact:

Larry Vanek:

Home: (607) 785-2481

Cell:    (607) 343-1487

Email:  [email protected]

Duane Shaffer:

Cell:  (607) 343-4602

Email:  [email protected]



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June 2nd-6th, 2014


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NARCOTICS                    EXPLOSIVES


TRACKING                      SEARCH & RESCUE

AMOUNT ENCLOSED:                    .

($325.00 per K9 Team payable to Southern Tier Police Canine Assoc. Inc.)


(Unless pre arrangements are made with Duane Shaffer nonrefundable after May 30, 2014

Mail to:  Southern Tier Police Canine Association, Inc.

4125 St. Clair Road, Binghamton, New York 13903

Fax:  (607) 723-1003 Business Office:  (607) 723-1878[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]