GregG Tawney

Gregory Tawney

(916) 802-8264


Gregg has been involved in police dog training for twenty-eight years. He has handled four different dogs as a police K-9 handler and has been a K-9 Sergeant and a K-9 Lieutenant. He has been a SWAT team member, SWAT team leader and a Tactical Commander.


Gregg has had the opportunity to train with the Dutch police as well as numerous KNPV clubs throughout the Netherlands. Gregg has taught classes on marker training and the importance of positive reinforcement at K-9 Conferences across the country.


Gregg has trained dogs for over twenty law enforcement agencies throughout Northern California. He is a certifying official for P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training). In addition, Gregg is a Judge and certifying official for W.S.P.C.A. (Western States Police Canine Association). Gregg has been recognized as a subject matter expert and was selected as a consultant for P.O.S.T. for the newly revised State of California K-9 Evaluation guidelines.


Current Police K-9 Trainer for following Law Enforcement Agencies:

Placer County Sheriff’s Department

Elk Grove Police Department

Citrus Heights Police Department

Folsom Police Department

Pleasanton Police Department

Amador County Sheriff’s Department

South Lake Tahoe Police Department
Sutter County Sheriff’s Department

Nevada County Sheriff’s Department
Yuba City Police Department

Marysville Police Department

Grass Valley Police Department

Pittsburg Police Department (Patrol and EOD K9s)

Antioch Police Department

Union City Police Department

Napa Police Department

San Ramon Police Department

Pleasant Hill Police Department

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department

Riverside Sheriff’s Department

Butte County Sheriff’s Department

Sierra County Sheriff’s Department

Fairfield Police Department

Vacaville Police Department

Sacramento Probation Department

W. Sacramento Police Department



1991 – 1996 Trained under Heinz Peters
1995 – 1998 Trained under Brian Mowry (Current K-9 trainer for Secret Service)
1996    Founded Diensthunde of Greater Sacramento (D.O.G.S.)
1996 – 2006 Trainer for NAPD / PSA clubs (earned several NPL and PSA titles)
1997 – 1999 Police K-9 Handler for City of Rio Vista
2001 – 2005 Police K-9 Handler for City of Placerville
2002 – 2006  SWAT team Leader for Foothills Integrated Regional SWAT team
2003 – 2006 Police K-9 Supervisor for City of Placerville (K-9 Sergeant / Lieutenant)
2006 – 2016 Police K-9 Handler/Trainer for the City of Elk Grove

2017 – 2018 Police K-9 Sergeant for the City of Elk Grove


Handler Accomplishments

1998  Overall highest team score at the Art O’Keefe K-9 Invitational with K-9 Max
1999  Sacramento Police K-9 Trial Top team award / 1st place obedience with K-9 Max
2004  CHP K-9 Challenge / 1st Place Narcotics (Building search) with K-9 Rebel
2007  Desert Dog Competition (Arizona) / 1st place Tactical Challenge with K-9 Rombo
2008  Folsom Police K-9 Trial 1st place Overall Narcotics with K-9 Rombo
2008  Capitol K-9 Challenge / 1st place Narcotics (Vehicle search) with K-9 Rombo
2010  Modesto K-9 Trial / 1st place Overall Narcotics with K-9 Rombo

2011  Top Dog award for TAC DOGS training camp in Colorado with K-9 Rombo

2013 Western States Police Canine Assoc.  / Top Dog / Top Competitor with K-9 Rango

2014 Western States Police Canine Assoc.  / Top Dog / Top Competitor with K-9 Rango


Training Accomplishments

1995  Decoy for the California Police Olympics
1997  Western States Police Canine Assoc. Decoy
1999  California P.O.S.T.  K-9 Team Evaluator
2000  Pro Trainer for Tri-tronics
2004  U.C. Davis Appreciation award for assisting with K-9 Unit

2006  Western States Police Canine Assoc. Judge
2007  Recognized as subject matter expert by California P.O.S.T. / Consultant for P.O.S.T.

on K9 training DVD that was distributed to law enforcement agencies

2010  Certified as Judge for SDA (Service Dogs of America)

2010  Vice President of the WSPCA (Western States Police Canine Assoc)

2011 Trainer of Top Team (Yuba County S.O.) for the Western States Police Canine Assoc

2012 TAC Dogs Instructor

2013 Selected as a consultant by P.O.S.T. to assist in revising the K-9 Evaluation


2018 Instructor at Western States Police Canine Conference in Reno

2018 Trainer for Top Team (Yuba City PD) for the Western States Police Canine Assoc.

2018 Owner and Host of “Police K-9 Radio” Podcast (Over 300,000 downloads)

2019 Instructor at the California Narcotics Canine Assoc Conference in Palm Springs

2019 Instructor at the Los Angeles Police Canine Conference in Torrence

2022 Instructor at the Annual CHP (California Highway Patrol) Conference

2022 Instructor for K-9 Supervisor’s Course with Bill Lewis (Palm Springs / Folsom)



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