We offer dog training on premises in both group and private settings. You will have the benefit of learning from Alan Kalfus, dog trainer for the PSL Police Dept. K-9 Unit. His classes are surprisingly affordable, and exceptionally informative.
He will guide you with a positive approach to training, which simply means that the dog will enjoy his or her training and will not receive any negativity other than some verbal scolding when necessary and perhaps a quick tug on his/her leash and training collar.
Alan Kalfus began his dog training career in 1975, when he trained his first police K-9 while employed as a State Wildlife Officer in a Midwestern state. While there, he assisted several police agencies in establishing a K-9 unit and trained several K-9 handlers.
In 1980 Alan began offering dog obedience training, both individual and group.
After moving to Florida in 1982 and establishing the K-9 Unit for the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Alan continued his dog obedience training, first offering group classes through the Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation Department, then on his own at several locations in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Since that time he has been responsible for the training of well over a hundred dogs of various breeds and ages.
As the K-9 trainer for the Port St. Lucie Police Department K-9 Unit, Alan trained over a dozen police dogs for several different agencies, including the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Marine Patrol and the PGA National Security Force. Each of these dogs completed over 400 hours of police K-9 training with Alan.
In addition to the basic police dog training, Alan held in-service training sessions for numerous other law enforcement agencies in south Florida.
Throughout the years, Alan's K-9's have assisted the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, US Coast Guard, US Customs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Florida Highway Patrol and numerous local city and county law enforcement agencies.
Alan is certified by the State of Florida as a K-9 Trainer, as well as a K-9 Evaluator, and has certified numerous Police K-9 teams for various agencies throughout Florida per the standards of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
In addition, Alan has trained four narcotic detecting K-9's for the National Police of Nicaragua. After training the dogs in Florida, Alan accompanied the dogs to Nicaragua and trained the National Police handlers to handle the dogs. Two of the dogs were placed at the Augusto Sandino Airport in Managua, Nicaragua and the other two at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border on the Pan Am Highway.
Since his retirement in 2005, Alan has devoted much of his time to dog training and to developing new training techniques. He believes in positive training methods, in which the dog enjoys the learning experience.