Kelli Collins is Co-Founder and General Manager of Georgia K9 NTC. Kelli has spent the last 18 years working with canines in the areas of Puppy Development, Breed Identification, Dog Behavior, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Retrieval Training, Utility Training, Trailing, Scent Discrimination, Police Service Dog Training, and Narcotics Detection.
Kelli started the Georgia K9 Service dog program for children with disabilities with a special emphasis on providing dogs for kids with Autism. Kelli’s ground breaking efforts have set the K9 stage for an entirely new approach to service dogs. She was an instructor for Auburn University’s Canine Detection Training Center and a Police Officer in the State of Georgia.
Kelli is currently working her Narcotics Detection/Trailing K9 “Havoc” and an Explosives Detection K9 “Ben”.
Jeff Schettler is a Police K9 Trainer and a retired police K9 handler. He has worked for the Alameda Police Department, Amador County Sheriff’s Department, and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team’s K-9 Assistance Program designed to apprehend high risk fugitives. Jeff is considered an expert witness in the areas of scent evidence and trailing.
Jeff is the author of “Red Dog Rising”, a chronological account of his police K9 work with Ronin, a modern police bloodhound. Red Dog Rising won the 2009 Dog Writers Association of America’s Best Service Dog Book Award. Jeff’s second book, a trailing training manual The “Straightest Path K9 Trailing” will be published in October of this year. He is a frequent contributor to various dog magazines and is the K9 Trailing writer for K9 Cop Magazine.
Jeff established the first California Peace Officer Standards and Training K9 Trailing course in 1998. He also produced California’s first POST certified Tactical Tracking Course and is considered and expert in tactical/ SWAT applications of trailing dogs. He is an analyst and advisor for various K9 programs throughout the United States. Jeff coordinates approximately 10 K9 training courses per year in various parts of the US and abroad.