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K9 Social Summit

Making Dog Knowledge Common Knowledge

The K9 Social Summit™ creates cross-training opportunities for all areas of the dog world through classroom and hands-on application.  Producing networking opportunities and developing interpersonal exposure for all aspiring and experienced canine professionals alike, K9SS is the change the dog world has craved.

K9 Social Summit

Basic Odor Theory & Introduction to Tracking

tickets

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$495

Ultimate combo with 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio: hone range performance, equipment / K9 management and K9 live fire exposure. Taught by K9 Navy Seal Rich Graham and Spec Ops firearm instructors.

LIMITED SEATS

LEO - MWD - Armed K9 only

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Free

Free to spectators!  Come watch the competitions, check out vendors and meet your favorite dogs!

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$395

For those who want to delve deep into dog knowledge with classes on obedience to K9 first-aid to decoying, fitness and dog nutrition to sales for trainer business and more! 

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$30

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your family by partying with your favorite dog people with live music, vendors, VIP K9's, K9 demos, trick pet demos, silent auction, raffles, an open bar and more!

Doors open at 5pm.

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$195

Perfect choice for a weekend full of classes geared for K9 and pet people, vendors, food trucks, music, hands-on private training and meeting your favorite dogs! Socialize with some of the biggest contributors to the K9 and pet industry.

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$495

Send a K9 and Handler to Live Fire Range Training and a General Access Pass for all 5 days of hands-on education by donating a package to a team in need!

 
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sponsors & vendors

if you are looking for a new kind of k9 and dog event to share your brand with,

be a vendor at k9 social summit

K9 Social Summit does things differently when it comes to our sponsors and vendors.  We are aligning with companies with the mission of providing the best service or product and believe in brilliance in the basics while we offer industry exclusivity!

 

New to the dog world?  Let us introduce you to our incredible community of learners and apply to be a vendor or sponsor today!  Click the links above or e-mail us directly K9socialsummit@gmail.com

 

faq

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Yes! Dogs are welcomed and encouraged to come along!

May I bring my pet or K9?

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Only LEO, MWD, armed patrol K9 teams and cover officers may attend the range training. This training is not open to spectatorship and is private.

Who can participate in the live fire range?

German Boxer

Yes! Food trucks will be present each day and Saturday evening.

Will there be food available?

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No! The general public area is separate and secure from the range. The sound from the range will not affect the other classes

If there is a range, won't it be too loud for those not participating and our dogs?

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The instructors are experts in their craft from various aspects of the dog world. Be prepared to learn from new and familiar names.

VIP dogs will be from your favorite online social media accounts!

Who will the instructors and VIP dogs be?

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K9SS brings on educators who are teaching brilliance in the basics, providing low instructor to student ratio hands-on opportunities and breaking down the barriers between dog professionals and those who crave to learn more.

How is K9SS different than other seminars and conferences?

have more questions? we have answers! e-mail the K9SS team directly via e-mail k9socialsummit@gmail.com

 

classes

check out the full description of each

class By clicking below

Private 1-on-1 Training Sessions

Do you want to work 1-on1 with an instructor you enjoyed a class with and want to know more?  Do you want to have a decoy work with just you and your...

Dog/Cat CPR Certification

A 4-hour class taught by Pet Tech Instructor Christie Bahena and demo dog Monster, including CPR techniques, first aid skills, health care and wellness information for...

Pet Point of Injury

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K9 Point of Injury

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Beginning Bite Work for Puppies & Adult Dogs

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Decoy Fitness Work Out Session

Tank discusses, demonstrates and leads you through a work out that will challenge your current fitness as a decoy.  Get your sweat on in regular clothes and learn...

Introduction to Decoying

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Decoy Development

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PSA (Protection Sports Association) 101

Learn a strong introduction to Protection Sports Association. In each successive level of PSA, the dog-handler team is asked to negotiate obedience and protection...

Intro to Shaping PSA Competition Obedience

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Marker Training, Cues and Signals 101

What is the difference in the wait and stay command? Why is it important to hit your clicker at the exact moment your dog does what you asked? How can we silent-train...

Trick Training 101

Sit! Stay! Let’s earn titles together! This Trick Training course will talk about the essentials to earning a Trick Dog Title with Christie, a Do More with Your Dog! coach. Trick Dog...

Social Media Marketing 101

Facebook? Instagram? TikTok? Who knows what’s best? The answer is, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Harper will break it down with a comprehensive...

Online Branding for Personal or Business

What is the first thing people see when they go to your website? And why are they there in the first place? This class breaks down some simple branding decisions and...

Leveraging Paid Social Media Marketing

What is the difference between paid marketing and organic? This class will use theory and data to show you exactly the reasons that paid ads for your business...

Automation in Business

Did you know that 80% of the tasks people have to do during their day, only make up 20% of their revenue? As business owners we focus on doing so many things that...

Affinity, Reality & Client Communication

Have you ever been “sold” something? You know, that feeling that someone is just trying to get one over you versus help you? It’s the worst. Fortunately for you, we...

Finding the Perfect Customer

In this class, we will break down the basic questions you should be asking yourself as a business owner to make sure that your clients are the clients that are a perfect...

Customer Relationship Manager Systems

This class will break down pipeline management, system tracking, client tracking. Have you ever had a client call you out of the blue and you have no idea...

Basic Odor Theory & Introduction to Tracking

Covering what comprises odor/plumes, the characteristics of odor, the biological adaptations for K9 olfaction, how to read body language in a dog while...

Intermediate Odor Theory & Tracking

A continuation of Basic Odor Theory & Introduction to Tracking, the emphasis for this class is based how terrain affects odor, the effects of weather on odor, types of...

Tracking/Trailing Troubleshooting

With a focus on how to troubleshoot through issues on trail, you'll cover over-shooting turns, losing odor on terrain change, losing odor on road/void...

Introduction to Basic NVG Use

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NVGs in K9 and LEO Applications

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Heat Injury

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INSTRUCTORS

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CHRISTIE

BAHENA

Dog CPR & Pet Trainer

Christie is a passionate all-around dog lover, business owner, groomer, and a two-time Champion trainer with titles in Trick Dog and Agility. Her love for animals started at four years old and became her focus when starting to learn how to groom and train dogs at eight years old.

 

She has been involved with riding and training horses for years, as well as being a motocross athlete and professional photographer for TransWorld Motocross.  She currently focused her work on certifying dog owners for canine CPR and pet training.

 

After graduating grooming school in 2015, Christie ran a home-based grooming business for four years until expanding into a daycare, boarding, grooming, and training facility in 2019 with her husband in Southern California, which they now run daily together.  When she's not working with her clients, she's taking the dogs for golf cart rides and paddle boarding in the never ending Cali sunshine.

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TANK

MOSELY

K9 Decoy & Pet Trainer

A Marine Corps veteran and professional Decoy, Tank has been around dogs his entire life.  Tanks' parents raised Pitbull’s and  Catahoula Leopard dogs in Louisiana as he was growing up.

 

He has been training obedience professionally for 8 years with Off Leash K9 Training.  When not working on his client's obedience, Tank is decoying for the Virginia State police and other local agencies around the country. He is always continuing his education by attending seminars and workshops around the country. 

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HARPER

MCCLUNG

Marketing & Sales Educator

Although not a dog handler, Harper’s love for dog’s has led him down a path working with them professionally. He has a love for consulting with trainers on how to streamline and run their business more effectively and efficiently! 

 

If he isn’t enjoying a bourbon on the rocks (Hello, St. Paddy’s day party), he’s probably working on his “fixer-upper” with his wife, Meredith. His main goal of course, is to stay current with sales consulting and business development within the K9 space. 

 

He is the Sales Executive Director for Unleashed Consulting Co. Located in Charlotte, NC. Their mission is to help as many people who have trouble with their dog, get in touch with the right trainer in their area and change their life for the better.

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MOUNTAIN

SANZ

K9  & Pet Trainer

Mountain's first taste of the K9 life was serving with IDD dogs in 2010 in Afghanistan. Eleven years later and he's still at it. Whether he's training pets, behavior modification with extreme cases, or his favorite, working K9's, his hobby is his work. Most days he has the luxury of waking up to brown artworks painted thoughtfully by his brilliant, four-legged pupils. 

 

One of his favorite accomplishments is working with Special Forces K9 teams in the Alaskan wilderness as an instructor for an Advanced Mountain K9 course. Here they experience what extreme weather conditions and terrain can do to odor on 4+ mile tracks through Hatcher's Pass. When he can mix work with pleasure, he finds a few days to slip away to the Kenai River for some salmon fishing. 

 

Currently Mountain operates the Virginia Beach location for The Dog Wizard Franchise, owns Para Bellum K9,  services law enforcement on the Atlantic coast, and is heading to a new job as a trainer for a Special Forces Group.

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EVAN

NOLTE

K9 Casualty Care Paravet

Evan spent 14 years as an Animal Care Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Originally from New Zealand, Evan
moved to Washington State and stayed there for most of his military service before being medically
retired as a Staff Sergeant in 2021.


With multiple deployments to SW and SE Asia, he spent most of his Army career as a paratrooper, providing medical support to Special Operation Forces Multi-Purpose Canine teams and training partner forces in K9 Casualty Care. 


Evan was an intern with Spike’s K9 Fund through the SOF Care Coalition Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program and now helps instruct and co-ordinate “Spike’s Schools” where Law Enforcement and Search & Rescue Dog Teams attend donation funded medical and advanced handler training
courses.

 

Evan looks forward to bringing his experience and evidenced based practices for K9 first aid to the working dog teams and active dog owners that need it most.

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DALE

McCLELLAN

Rappel and Tactical Instructor

As a former Navy SEAL, he has worked with several organizations providing demonstrations and raising awareness for Veterans. This unexpectedly started his journey in the K9 community and, ultimately why he started Frog Dog K9 a 501(c)(3). He has had several dogs as pets, but never had achieved the bond that he has with my K9 named Storm, a female, 3 year old Belgian Malinois.

 

Storm was trained as a SOF Military MPC and received as his Service Animal from Baden K9 out of Canada.  She is the lead K9 for the FrogDogK9 Demonstration Team out of Virginia Beach, and has jumped from Helicopters into the Ocean performing Helocast Operations; Fast-Roped, and Rappelled with Dale

at fundraiser events around the country. She enjoys belly and ear rubs!

She is forever bringing into focus my understanding and way of seeing the world around me. These are very special animals.

 

Dale never considered having a trained K9 as a companion but his understanding of this today only fuels his desire to do what he can to educate and assist as many other Veterans that are interested in a K9 to have the privilege to experiencing that he has.

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RICH

GRAHAM

Tactical Performance Instructor & Former Navy SEAL & K9 Handler

Rich is a Navy SEAL Team 10 veteran, creator of the Full Spectrum Warrior (FSW) System and  President of Home Front K9 Project. Through FSW, he has helped train and equip many families with safe and stable K9 companions. He later opened up a non-profit called Home Front K9 Project that trains Emotional Support Dogs for active-duty special forces families that can serve the needs of the families both as a loving companion and a fierce protector.

 

Rich and his now retired K9 Miko have traveled to perform search and rescue missions. Rich currently trains law enforcement across the country, in Central and South America helping the K9 teams and tactical teams alike.  K9 Social Summit will be hosted at the property of Full Spectrum Warriors where Rich will be the lead instructor for the Live Fire Range.

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JARED

WOLF

PSA League Decoy & Pet Trainer

Jared has developed a balanced, sensible approach to training working dogs as well as pet dogs. His many years of experience working with any-and-all breeds has made him very passionate about the importance of bonding with the dog you plan to work. Jared has been training PSA for the past 6 years with his club  “Nomad Working Dogs." Jared and his Malinois, Akuma, have placed at PSA1 Nationals in 2021 and also have the highest PSA1 score on record, achieved at East coast regionals in 2021. Jared is knowledgeable at every level of PSA as both a decoy and competitor. Jared also competes in PSA with atypical breeds and will be sharing his knowledge at K9 Social Summit as both an instructor and decoy.

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XENA

LAMP

Pet Trainer & Explosives K9 Handler

Meet Xena Lamp! Most days you can find her training client dogs, exploring trails with her dogs Ventura, Monica and K9 Piper or at the gym catching a sweat!  She’s most known for extreme adoration for otters, obedience training and messy pineapple bun. Referred to as “Not Your Average Dog Lady” or an acquired taste, Xena loves serving the world by transforming lives, one dog at a time.

 

As a K9 professional, Xena is constantly seeking self-education to improve a dog’s quality of life. She wants to help every person achieve the life they imagined sharing with a dog by making dog knowledge, common knowledge!

 

Xena’s Pack, located in Orlando, Fl serves busy people who want the best care for their animals in their absence and seek precise, life-long obedience and education.