37 episodes

Created and hosted by Howard Young and Rich Hardin with the aim of exploring the working dog world. We share unique experiences, training advice and real-world application garnered from today’s most prolific handlers, trainers, and behaviorists.Would you like to become a better, handler, trainer or just all-around dog person? We interview the experts that take your performance to the next level.This podcast is a collaborative effort between Howard, Rich, and our incredibly talented guests. If you would like to participate in our collective community, please feel free to visit our Facebook or Instagram accounts.

The Working Dog Depot Podcast Howard Young and Rich Hardin

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Created and hosted by Howard Young and Rich Hardin with the aim of exploring the working dog world. We share unique experiences, training advice and real-world application garnered from today’s most prolific handlers, trainers, and behaviorists.Would you like to become a better, handler, trainer or just all-around dog person? We interview the experts that take your performance to the next level.This podcast is a collaborative effort between Howard, Rich, and our incredibly talented guests. If you would like to participate in our collective community, please feel free to visit our Facebook or Instagram accounts.

    Episode #37 Mike Lilley "Holding the dog accountable in tracking"

    Episode #37 Mike Lilley "Holding the dog accountable in tracking"

    Caught up with Mike Lilley for an interview. Unfortunately, Rich was having some technical difficulties and could not join us. We will be rectifying this by the next episode. I believe you will find Mike's methods to be innovative and sound. The proof is always in the pudding. His name is more and more becoming synonymous with solid tracking. He's just one of the more humble, pleasant, talented men in the business. Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. There's a lot of information to unpack. 

    Training working dogs was a skill passed down from my father at an early age. This knowledge proved invaluable during my K9 handler recruitment as a Law Enforcement Officer and once again during my certification as a Police K9 trainer.
    My first K9 partner, Roscoe, was a yellow Labrador we rescued from a local shelter. He put all my training to the test, but we became an unstoppable team. Roscoe showed me the potential of misunderstood dogs and sparked what would later become my driving philosophy as a pet dog trainer.
    It wasn’t until my second Police K9 partner, a Belgian Malinois named Neko, that I rooted my training principles and began helping local dog owners in my area with their unruly pets. Neko and I decided to retire in 2018 after an outstanding career in law enforcement and quickly embarked on the adventure of managing a pet training business.
    We strive to provide families all over Tennessee and the Southeast US with a clear communication system and ultimately keep misunderstood dogs in good homes and out of shelters.

    https://ridgesidek9tn.com/

    https://www.mlk9.com/

    Email: Suzi@mlk9

    Phone: 239-243-1459
    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 1 hr
    Episode #36 Hans Verbruggen Part 2. "Dogs don't make mistakes on purpose."

    Episode #36 Hans Verbruggen Part 2. "Dogs don't make mistakes on purpose."

    Once again we got an opportunity to have a conversation with Hans about dog training. The first episode was very popular with our listeners. Many folks felt we just scratched the surface on a few key topics. So, in part two, we were able to dig a bit deeper.  We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. 

    Hans Verbruggen
    Professional Dog trainer
    I 've been living amongst dogs since my childhood. As a little boy I accompanied my brothers to the dog club. Very soon those dogclubs became my ‘world’. Even if I didn’t know much at that time I was really fascinated by those creatures. I tried hard to see and understand as much as possible. Finally when I was 12 years old I got my own dog. His name was ‘Kim’. He was already 10 years old but  I didn’t care. My first steps into ‘Belgian ringsport’ were set. I tried as hard as possible to manage things but I must admit that my dog was my ‘teacher’. The process of learning never stopped. In the meantime I know that every dog is different but there is a way to make them work harder and get the best out of them. I am eager to share those experiences
    ​My fascination became my passion. I put on the ‘decoy suit’ the first time at the age of 15. Since then I never put it aside. Training dogs became the main goal in my life. I achieved very good results with as well my own dogs as dogs from other owners. Self trained dogs became part of police units and all this with very good results.

    Since many years I am a decoy in Hoboken Vinkevelden where I work very hard to assist every member and let them grow.

    Dog training is a process that never stops. Therefor I follow seminars and others to keep up with the newest ways of training,  especially seminars of Bart Bellon. 

    As stated before dog training is my way of living and I am convinced that I can give anyone a way of moving further, handle issues or start from puppy and build up with the right vision and training.

    Hans


    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 1 hr
    Episode #35 Benito Olson

    Episode #35 Benito Olson

     BENITO OLSON began his naval career as a master-at-arms serving in Bahrain and Kingsville, Texas. His work with military dogs opened the opportunity of a lifetime to serve with SEAL Team Six for multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a reputation as a go-to handler for dogs at the tip of the spear and earned multiple decorations such as a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart. After medical retirement from the navy, Olson started Patriot Dog Training for law enforcement, estate protection, and household pets.

    Information on Lewis Souffront: https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/navy-explosive-ordnance-disposal-technician-1st-class-luis-a-souffront/3370677

    https://www.fallenheroesproject.org/post/luis-ariel-souffront

    Link to purchase Benito's book. https://ballastbooks.com/purchase/the-underdogs/

    Work Cell 830-229-7141
    Personal Cell 210-278-4686
    Benny@patriotdogtraining.com
    www.PatriotDogTraining.com
    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 58 min
    Episode #34 Hans Verbruggen "When building the foundation fast is slower"

    Episode #34 Hans Verbruggen "When building the foundation fast is slower"

    We anticipate that you will enjoy this conversation as much as we did. There are already plans for a second episode. Hans uses many phrases that simply just resonated with us. Please listen intently as he has  many important things to say and is wise beyond his years. 

    Hans Verbruggen
    Professional Dog trainer
    I 've been living amongst dogs since my childhood. As a little boy I accompanied my brothers to the dog club. Very soon those dogclubs became my ‘world’. Even if I didn’t know much at that time I was really fascinated by those creatures. I tried hard to see and understand as much as possible. Finally when I was 12 years old I got my own dog. His name was ‘Kim’. He was already 10 years old but  I didn’t care. My first steps into ‘Belgian ringsport’ were set. I tried as hard as possible to manage things but I must admit that my dog was my ‘teacher’. The process of learning never stopped. In the meantime I know that every dog is different but there is a way to make them work harder and get the best out of them. I am eager to share those experiences
    ​My fascination became my passion. I put on the ‘decoy suit’ the first time at the age of 15. Since then I never put it aside. Training dogs became the main goal in my life. I achieved very good results with as well my own dogs as dogs from other owners. Self trained dogs became part of police units and all this with very good results.

    Since many years I am a decoy in Hoboken Vinkevelden where I work very hard to assist every member and let them grow.

    Dog training is a process that never stops. Therefor I follow seminars and others to keep up with the newest ways of training,  especially seminars of Bart Bellon. 

    As stated before dog training is my way of living and I am convinced that I can give anyone a way of moving further, handle issues or start from puppy and build up with the right vision and training.

    Hans


    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode #33 Jeff Meyer on the other side of the table.

    Episode #33 Jeff Meyer on the other side of the table.

    We got the opportunity to get Jeff on the other side of the table. You will find that he is a humble solid source of k9 information. He certainly helped play a role in unifying trainers in this industry. Those of us who have been around awhile remember a time when there wasn't much collaboration. The original Police K9 Magazine most definitely played a role in bringing trainers together. I think we can all agree that we are better unified than divided. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did. There are some great take aways.  

    Jeff Meyer retired in 2023 after serving more than 33 years with the Denver Police Department. Jeff has handled, certified and deployed dogs that have been used to find suspects, narcotics, explosives, guns, currency, and evidence.
     Jeff spent over 17 years in the Patrol dog section working several patrol dogs before being tasked with starting a new detection K-9 unit for his department. When he retired he was involved in training dog teams in all divisions for his agency. In total Jeff was a handler for 27 years and a trainer for his agency 23 of those years. 
     Jeff regularly teaches classes for patrol and detection K9 teams across the U.S. To date over 1000 teams have participated in Jeff's  e-collar training. In addition, he has provided expert witness testimony on behalf of officers.
    Jeff hosts a popular podcast on all things police K9 related, you can find the links below:
    You can reach Jeff at JeffMeyer1@outlook.com or 303-947-5735 


    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode #32 Ted Summers "Marginal Legal Advice"

    Episode #32 Ted Summers "Marginal Legal Advice"

    Ted is a treasure trove of information when it comes to k9 caselaw. In a nut shell the court system dictates how k9's are utilized in this country.  Decisions made by handlers should align with the prevailing laws. Additionally, LE agencies policies regarding k9 usages should align with the prevailing laws as well. If you are not a handler and have wondered why dogs are used in some situations and not others you may gain some insight from this episode. If you are a handler and not familiar with the cases sighted in this episode we urge you to familiarize yourself with them. 

    We think you'll enjoys Ted's quick whit and find him to be a valuable resource. As you will hear he's a busy man and has a lot going on. 

    Ted Summers has been training police service dogs since the mid 2000s.  He is the co owner of Torchlight K9 in Tulsa Oklahoma as well as the co owner and training director or High Risk Deployment K9.  He is the co-host and producer of Working Dog radio and the current Executive Director for The Oil Capital K9 Fund.  
    Please welcome Ray Allen Manufacturing as a sponsor to the podcast. Go to the most trusted name in industry for all of your k9 related equipment. For a 10% discount use the WDD10 discount code.

    Welcome our newest sponsor Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 trains and deploys hand-selected service dogs for personal and family protection, police agencies, and school districts. Their training programs rank among the best and most trusted in the world. Follow Gold Coast k9 on all social media platforms. For 10% off merchandise use the GCK910 discount code on their website www.goldcoastk9.com

    If you want Rich and Howard to come to your location we can make it happen. They have come together to provide workshops on any K9 related topic you like. Open to law enforcement and civilian attendees. Contact Howard at hjyk91@gmail.com or 704-473-9885.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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rseden ,

Excellent Format - A new bar has been set!

First of all congratulations on your new endeavours! Howard, it’s long overdue. Glad you finally stopped procrastinating and got it together. Enjoyed getting the background on both of you and how you got together. Great comments on being a police officer first and a dog handler second. Any seasoned K9 handler knows that a dog is never a replacement for tactics, but it is a tool that can both enhance tactics or as you eloquently stated, be a hindrance to tactics. Well said. Finally, the best part for me is it is refreshing to hear a podcast where it was PG all the way through, and not a hint of egos. From that perspective it was a true pleasure to listen to that format. Thank you for setting the bar. Let’s hope that the guests who follow, can meet that same standard. It truly made it a pleasure. Good luck to you both. Looking forward to what you will achieve in your new endeavours. Most importantly, know that you are making a positive difference in the industry. That is worth every minute.

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