About Our Training
Founder Cheryl Carlson (one of the best known experts in the industry) began training dogs professionally more than 45 years ago; teaching family companion dogs (manners, problem solving and behavior modification), providing guard dog service, training alert/assistance dogs, personal protection dogs and Police K-9s to “locate and indicate” whether it be narcotics, explosives or people wanted for either criminal acts or those reported missing.
Cheryl assisted the Michigan State Department of Public Safety in the formation of the Michigan State University Police Canine Unit and also the City of Lansing in developing the Lansing Police Department Canine Unit. She has additional certificates of merit and commendations for her work with the Canine Units of the Ingham County Sheriff Department, the East Lansing Police Department, the Eaton County Sheriff Department, the Hannahville Tribal Police Department, the Hillsdale County Sherrif's Office, the County of Berrian Police Department and the Baltimore City Maryland Police Department. (The Baltimore Maryland Police Department instituted the first modern canine corps in the United States garnering nationwide attention and prompting other police departments from across the country to request specialized training to create their own K-9 units. America’s best K9 training has for many years been known as the “Baltimore System”.) Cheryl Carlson’s knowledge is frequently utilized throughout the Midwest by Federal and District courts, where she is called upon to provide expert witness testimony in regards to training of police dogs, dog attacks, and dog behavior. Cheryl first received qualified expert status by the court in 1985, and has even testified before a senate subcommittee regarding dog behavior. She is also a certified E.M.S. (Emergency Medical Services) instructor in the field of Environmental Emergencies (Dog Bite/Attack).