Tim started working with dogs from the moment he could walk. He learned from his father how to handle hunting beagles from an early age. Through out his time growing up Tim had a pack of beagles in his yard that were trained for hunting. Tim left home and joined the United States Airforce. When he returned from serving it wasn't long before his passion for training dogs took hold again. Tim proffessionally trained hunting dogs and competed in field trials with his own dogs that he bred.
Tim got involved in SAR and began to see that there were many similarities between SAR K9's and hunting K9's. Tim has worked hard to learn as much as he can about trailing and has gained the experience he needed to train trailing. His ability to read a dog from a lifetime of experience allows him to see things others may miss or not understand. Respected organizations use Tim as their instructor and seek him out whenever they need a trailing expert. Tim has been an Instructor for IDHS for several years and is currently in training to be a LETS Training Instructor.
Kevin, internationally known seminar instructor, began his career as a Law Enforcement Bloodhound handler and trainer. Kevin is the founder of the National Bloodhound Training Institute with instructors in both the USA and Europe. Kevin along with his wife Robin Monroe Kocher wrote and published the book "How to Train the Scent Discriminating Patrol Dog."
Terrie is a founding member of the Sedgwick County Emergency Management K9 Search Team in Wichita, KS. She has certified with the Kansas Police Dog Association, North American Search Dog Network and SCEM K9. She has attended numerous seminars hosted by the International Bloodhound Training Institute (INBTI) and is an instructor for The Kocher Method.
Cynthia is an officer of SCEM K9 in Wichita, KS and has certified with the North American Search Dog Network (NASDN) and SCEM K9. She recently served as editor for How To Train a Police Bloodhound by Kevin and Robin Kocher. She has attended many seminars hosted by the International Bloodhound Training Institute and is an instructor for The Kocher Method.
Maryln is the founder of North Star K9 Training Association and their lead instructor. She has taught trailing seminars in the midwest as well as instructing at 6 free training days in KY, IN and OH each month. She has attended seminars throughout the eastern USA and attained many certifications in search and rescue. She trains her own Bloodhounds, Golden Retriever and SiberCanaan in trailing and HRD. Maryln is a K9 handler with Bluegrass Search and Rescue in Georgetown, KY.
Jill has instructed in trailing seminars throughout the midwest. She is co instructor at many North Star K9 Trailing events. She has many certifications and expertise in trailing and HRD. She is a SAR TECH evaluator and has attened many seminars throughout the eastern USA. Jill has trained with the best of the best. Her expertise in reading K9 behavior is invaluable to the students who she accompanies on the trail.
Barbara was State Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 29 years and now is the Jefferson County Coroner. She has been in Search and Recovery since 1997, when the state acquired Donna-Dog, a German shepherd, to train in cadaver work. Since that time she has trained many dogs to include her HRD dogs now, Abracadaver (GSD), Rayna (GSD) and Trevor (Golden). All are trained in both HRD land and water. They have had many searches and recoveries over the past 14 years. She was a Board member for CSAR for several years. She also a member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Disaster and Emergency Services, CSAR, NASAR, DMORT IV and SWGDOG. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners. She was appointed Director of the Kentucky State Cadaver Dog Program in 1997 and presently is working on State-wide Search Dog Certification for the State of Kentucky. She has trained and lectured in both land and water cadaver recovery in many canine courses over the years.
Kevin, an EMT by profession, is a 7 year veteran in search and rescue. He currently, is Commander of the Effingham (Illinois) Search and Rescue K-9 Unit. Kevin’s SAR credentials include SAR TECH II. He is the handler and trainer of his SAR German Shepherd who is operational in Human Remains Detection. Kevin is the chief trainer of his SAR team in the area of land and water HRD and Cadaver. He holds membership in The Illinois Water Rescue Association and the American Working Dog Association.