Brianna Acevedo: Brianna Acevedo graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor degree in Animal Science. Brianna currently works full time training dogs for her private training business, Einstein K9 LLC, as well as doing detection contract work, and other occupations in the dog training field. Brianna spent three years working for Global Training Academy (GTA), an internationally recognized training facility providing dogs to law enforcement, military, and fulfilling overseas contracts. She was an instructor/trainer for GTA and produced dogs fully trained in narcotics detection, explosive detection, and patrol work. Brianna also handled both narcotics and explosive detection dogs for contract searches for schools, prisons, stadiums, and other facilities. Prior to working at GTA she worked for K10 Working Dogs and specialized in the raising and training of puppies to be sold as working dog candidates to military and law enforcement. Brianna is a canine handler federally for Texas Task Force 1 and locally for TEXSAR (Texas Search and Rescue). Brianna has certified detection canines through organizations such as FEMA, NASAR, GTA, and PacesetterK9. For SAR Brianna currently handles a 6 year old Belgian Malinois in disaster live find (Kovu), a 4 year old Border Collie in wilderness area search (Snitch), and a 2 year old Belgian Malinois in human remains detection (Khrona).
Courtney Brown: Courtney began her dog training career training service dogs at Texas A&M University. She assisted in the raising and training of service dogs for four years, including one year serving as President of the organization. She actively trains and competes in a variety of dog sports, including agility, competition obedience, rally obedience, and dock diving. She attends seminars on competition training and dog behavior across the country, taking a special interest in building drive and motivation, proper toy play mechanics, and managing arousal in working and sport dogs. Courtney began training search and rescue K9s with Texas Search and Rescue while living in Texas, and is a member of K9 Search Oklahoma based in Tulsa, OK. She is also a member of NASAR, NASDN, and SDONA, and handles two German Shepherds, Chief and Echo, in area search and trailing.
David Okamoto: David has been working with canines all of his life since childhood and training them professionally for the past 20 years. Along with that he was a breeder of German shepherds. His Volunteer career in search and rescue began in 1996 with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department and still currently involved with them. He started on the mounted horse Team, then ATV’s and now currently on the ground Team. In 2009 he joined the CARDA organization and began working with K9 search dogs, became mission Ready and have been deployed in many searches with his dogs. In 2012 he became a trailing Evaluator who tests upcoming trailing teams and certifies them as Mission Ready for CARDA. His canines are POST certified for narcotic detection. They detect Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana and Methamphetamine. They currently work with the cruise ship industry and other facilities.
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