Kita – A Great K 9 Success Story for Wisconsin Police

Delivered in to Lake Hallie, WI Police from K-9 Specialists, LLC in December 2014; Kita is a great success story for the local community. Since joining the Lake Hallie Police Department, the nearly four-year-old German Shepherd has been utilized multiple times when officers had reason to believe narcotics were in vehicles.

March 23; 2017: LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU)– The phrase man’s best friend reigns true for Sergeant Dan Sokup and his K9 partner Kita & their 101st arrest:

I salute you sir and your K-9!

Kita – Lake Hallie Police Work German Shepherd Dog

Kita in Lake Hallie, WI



A note from our friends at Lake Hallie: Kita will turn 4 years old April 15th. She is trained in narcotics detection and air scent. She came to our department in December of 2014 and received her certification in March of 2015. She is a paired with a first time K9 handler, an officer with the Lake Hallie Police Department in Wisconsin. (10 plus years on the force). We train under Stefan Schaub of Staatsmacht Kennels in Becker MN.

Kita is a great working dog, and also makes a great family pet on her time off. If you google her name along with our department name, you can find numerous news stories. She received a lot of coverage as she was the first K9 ever in Chippewa County Wisconsin. 

Additional example of Kita’s local media coverage on NBC 13 affiliate:



ANNOUNCING: 2017 AMERICAN MANTRAILING POLICE & WORK DOG ASSOCIATION SPRING NATIONAL K-9 CONFERENCE IN CLOVERDALE, INDIANA   APRIL 23-29 2017. team (lead by Petr Spurny) will attend the 2017 American Mantrailing Police & Work Dog Association Spring Conference.

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The  AMPWDA (The American Mantrailing, Police & Work Dog Association) is a leading provider of K9 Training and Certification for Search and Rescue,  LE ( Law Enforcement ), and K9 Enthusiasts., Anyone who knows the AMPWA understands what we stand for which is the highest standards in K-9 Training anywhere in the world. We have an exciting agenda for our Spring Nationals in several areas..

MANTRAILING: in addition to our regular line up of Trainers and Master Trainers who will be instructing and conducting national certification, we will have Opal Kocher from the International Bloodhound Training Institute who will be instructing the Kocher method.

HUMAN REMAINS DETECTION: We have an OUTSTANDING TEAM of Trainers and Master Trainers who will be instructing and conducting national certification in this area.

AIR SCENT LIVE FIND: We have Nadine Conner who will be instructing and conducting national certification in this area.

POLICE SERVICE DOG: We have Brian Dowdy who will be teamed up with Police Utility, Narcotics, Apprehension and Aggression Control Trainers to instruct and certify Police Service Dog Teams seeking National Certification.

 At AMPWDA our goal is to provide the very best training available at the very best price and we guarantee a stress free / no politic training experience. ALL of our members are equal and stand on level ground. We train volunteers, civilians, military, police, search & rescue and K-9 enthusiasts and we treat everyone with mutual respect. We invite all methods and ideas. But we do not accept bad attitudes or bullies… Join today as a member and sign up to attend our nationals I guarantee you wont find better training for less anywhere. Please SHARE this with anyone who this would interest. Thank you for your continued support.



Hospital security dog celebrates 1 year anniversary

(As seen on ABC News 10)- This is a wonderful update about one of our own, Cargo, who started his service in Ellis Hospital just over a year ago. Click here to read the original report.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Last year, a local hospital decided to make a change to its security team.

At Ellis Hospital, it’s important to keep everyone safe and the security team here had a special member of their team helping them do it.

Cargo is a crucial part of the Ellis Hospital security team and is celebrating his one year anniversary.

“The last year has been great for security just because in certain situations when the police have had to come up here to remove somebody in certain situations Cargo and I just show up and people comply,” Cargo’s Handler Rick Rhodes said.

Rhodes spent the last year doing hours of training to make sure Cargo is ready for every situation.

“Shootings and stabbings and a large amount of people showing up and with tensions running high, Cargo can deescalate the situation with little to no violence”

Most of the time, all Cargo and Rhodes have to do is show up.

“We just show up and people comply.”

You never know where they might be.

“We rotate between campuses all the time so nobody knows where we are or when we’re going to show up.”

Rhodes says he can’t imagine doing his job without Cargo.

“It kind of feels weird not having him there. He makes such a huge difference and he’s such a deterrent, it just works so well.”

Even though Cargo gets to be a normal dog and go on hikes or swim, but there is one thing he likes to do the best.

“Most of all he likes to work. That’s when he’s the happiest when he’s here.”

Rhodes says he considers this past year a huge success for him and Cargo. He hopes other hospitals will look to them if they’re trying to follow an example.



My boy Irmo z Kurimskeho haje will be 9 years old tomorrow!
And he just made me so happy this weekend as I took him for the last time to a trial (OB3 and PR3) and he did EXCELLENT job…he’s got 95points in Protection by IPO3!!..time to retire..
All together, Irmo achieved; BH, IPO-3, SchH/VPG-3,SPr-3, PR-3, OB-3…

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ABC News 10 – Ellis Hospital Welcomes First Security Dog



SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Reducing security incidents and keeping tensions low; that’s the goal of the newest staff member at Ellis Hospital.

His name is Cargo, and he’s a K9 security dog. Monday is his first day at the Schenectady hospital.

He and his handler will roam Ellis properties and be posted in sensitive areas. He is believed to be the one of the only K9’s protecting local hospitals.

Cargo clocked in at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

PS: Petr Spurny and K-9Specialists team out of Denver trained Cargo for the assignment


From water consumers to motorists, the weeks of rain in Denver and the state can be viewed in good light and bad. The constant downpours have been a nightmare to motorists who must navigate numerous potholes and detours because roads have been washed away.

Amanda Rowland, who works for K-9 Specialists, a dog-training company in Sedalia, pulls a dog crate from floodwaters along Plum Creek on Friday. She said

Amanda Rowland, who works for K-9 Specialists, a dog-training company in Sedalia, pulls a dog crate from floodwaters along Plum Creek on Friday. She said all the dogs were safe. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Read more about the floods at the Denver Post feature article at
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