detection & tactics

We do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training

Training Since 1993

About Us

D-Tac K9 is a training organization which specializes in patrol and detection K-9 training in Northern California. Our mission statement includes using the most humane and effective training methods available. We pride ourselves on using a training philosophy which ce​nters around positive reinforcement and developing a strong relationship between the handler and their canine.

The founders of D-Tac K9, Gregg and Candace Tawney have over twenty five years of experience training police dogs. The trainers are all active members of law enforcement, so clients are getting the most current and up to date training methods, case law, and tactics. We are strong believers in scenario based training and testing both handlers and dogs under stressful conditions in order to prepare them for situations they will face on the street.

In addition, D-Tac K9 prides itself on providing a ratio of one trainer to five handlers within its training groups insuring personal attention to each K-9 handler. All of our trainers have been hand selected. Each trainer has been a prior handler and all of them share the same motivational training philosophy.

Gregg’s interview on Discovery Channel

(Interview begins at the 44 second mark)

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Our Trainers

D-TAC K9 TEAM

training courses

What sets us apart is we train the handler, not just the dog. Our training consists of reality-based training and stress inoculation for the handler.

Sacramento AREA

BASIC HANDLER CLASS (#2023-1)

January 24th 2023 – March 3rd 2023
Tuesday – Friday (800 – 1800)

Cost: $6,500

This class is six weeks (240 hours) and is designed for a new handler, police canine or both.

The course will prepare the handler/dog team for the POST K-9 Evaluation. In addition the handler will be instructed in animal behavior, case law, policy, police K-9 tactics, tracking, and scenario based training. During the course the canine will be imprinted in odor for detection and we will begin to shape the final response.

Sacramento AREA

Odor Detection CLASS (#2023-2)

March 7th 2023 – March 17th 2023

Cost: $2,000

This class is two weeks (80 hours) and is designed as a building block from our six week (240 hour) Basic Handler Course.

This courses designed for the handlers that have graduated from our Basic Patrol Class. Handler/K9 teams will receive an additional 80 hours of training in the field which will build upon the skills learned in the Basic Patrol Class and will be ready for a POST evaluation.

Sacramento AREA

BASIC HANDLER CLASS (#2023-3)

May 2nd 2023 – June 9th 2023
Tuesday – Friday (800 – 1800)

Cost: $6,500

This class is six weeks (240 hours) and is designed for a new handler, police canine or both.

The course will prepare the handler/dog team for the POST K-9 Evaluation. In addition the handler will be instructed in animal behavior, case law, policy, police K-9 tactics, tracking, and scenario based training. During the course the canine will be imprinted in odor for detection and we will begin to shape the final response.

Sacramento AREA

Odor Detection CLASS (#2023-4)

June 13th 2023 – June 23rd 2023

Cost: $2,000

This class is two weeks (80 hours) and is designed as a building block from our six week (240 hour) Basic Handler Course.

This courses designed for the handlers that have graduated from our Basic Patrol Class. Handler/K9 teams will receive an additional 80 hours of training in the field which will build upon the skills learned in the Basic Patrol Class and will be ready for a POST evaluation.

Sacramento AREA

BASIC HANDLER CLASS (#2023-5)

August 15th 2023 – September 22nd 2023
Tuesday – Friday (800 – 1800)

Cost: $6,500

This class is six weeks (240 hours) and is designed for a new handler, police canine or both.

The course will prepare the handler/dog team for the POST K-9 Evaluation. In addition the handler will be instructed in animal behavior, case law, policy, police K-9 tactics, tracking, and scenario based training. During the course the canine will be imprinted in odor for detection and we will begin to shape the final response.

Sacramento AREA

Odor Detection CLASS (#2023-6)

September 26th 2023 – October 6th 2023

Cost: $2,000

This class is two weeks (80 hours) and is designed as a building block from our six week (240 hour) Basic Handler Course.

This courses designed for the handlers that have graduated from our Basic Patrol Class. Handler/K9 teams will receive an additional 80 hours of training in the field which will build upon the skills learned in the Basic Patrol Class and will be ready for a POST evaluation.

Sacramento AREA

BASIC HANDLER CLASS (#2023-7)

October 31st 2023 – December 8th 2023
Tuesday – Friday (800 – 1800)

Cost: $6,500

This class is six weeks (240 hours) and is designed for a new handler, police canine or both.

The course will prepare the handler/dog team for the POST K-9 Evaluation. In addition the handler will be instructed in animal behavior, case law, policy, police K-9 tactics, tracking, and scenario based training. During the course the canine will be imprinted in odor for detection and we will begin to shape the final response.

Sacramento AREA

Odor Detection CLASS (#2023-8)

December 12th 2023 – December 22nd 2023

Cost: $2,000

This class is two weeks (80 hours) and is designed as a building block from our six week (240 hour) Basic Handler Course.

This courses designed for the handlers that have graduated from our Basic Patrol Class. Handler/K9 teams will receive an additional 80 hours of training in the field which will build upon the skills learned in the Basic Patrol Class and will be ready for a POST evaluation.

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clients

Sacramento County Sheriff’s DEPT
Folsom Police Dept
Elk Grove Police Dept
Citrus Heights Police Dept
Grass Valley Police Dept
Amador County Sheriff’s Dept
Sutter County Sheriff’s Office

Twin Rivers Police Dept

Placer County Sheriff’s Office
Live Oak Police Department
Fairfield Police Dept
Sierra County Sheriff’s Dept
Marysville Police Dept
Yuba City Police Dept
Pleasanton Police Dept
Union City Police Dept
Napa Police Dept
Pleasant Hill Police Dept
South Lake Tahoe Police Dept
Rocklin Police Dept
Antioch Police Dept
Pittsburg Police Department
San Ramon Police Department
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

contact us

Get IN touch

Trainers@DTACK9.com

(916) 802-8264

Office Hours

M-F: 6am - 5pm
Sat: 7am - 4pm
Sun: Closed