GregG Tawney

​Gregg has been involved in police dog training for twenty five 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 sixteen 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. 



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Trained police dogs for the following Law Enforcement Agencies:

        Elk Grove Police Department                                                   Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

        South Lake Tahoe Police Department                                  Placer County Sheriff’s Department
        Sutter County Sheriff’s Department                                     Auburn Police Department
        Yuba County Sheriff’s Department                                        Folsom Police Department
        California Department of Correction                                   U.C. Davis Police Department
        Yuba City Police Department                                                    Suisun Police Department
        Lincoln Police Department                                                        Live Oak Police Department
        Marysville Police Department                                                 Williams Police Department
        Nevada City  Police Department                                             Placerville Police Department

        Net 5 Narcotics Task Force                                                       Citrus Heights Police Department

        Nevada County Sheriff’s Dept                                                  Truckee Police Department

        Galt Police department                                                                Colusa Police Department                                     

1991 – 1996 Trained under Heinz Peters
1995 – 1998 Trained under Brian Mowry (current K-9 trainer for Secret Service)
1996 – 2006 Trainer for NAPD / PSA clubs
1997 – 1999 Police K-9 Handler for City of Rio Vista
2001 – 2005 Police K-9 Handler for City of Placerville
2003 – 2006 Police K-9 Supervisor for City of Placerville (K-9 Sergeant / Lieutenant
2002 – 2006 SWAT team leader and Tactical Commander for multi agency SWAT team
2006 – 2016 Police K-9 Handler/Trainer for the City of Elk Grove

2017-  Present K-9 Sergeant for the City of Elk Grove

Handler Accomplishments

1998 – Overall highest overall team score at the Art O’keef K-9 Challenge 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
2010 – Top Dog at TAC DOGS Training camp with K-9 Rombo
2013 – WESTERN STATES POLICE CANINE ASSOC. – 1st Place Overall / Top Competitor with K-9 Rango
2014 – WESTERN STATES POLICE CANINE ASSOC. – 1st Place Overall / Top Competitor with K-9 Rango

Training Accomplishments

1997 –  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 – PSA (Protection sports Assoc) – Thor memorial award (High owner trained club award)
2007 – Recognized as subject matter expert by California P.O.S.T. / Consultant for P.O.S.T. on K-9 
               training DVD that was distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout California
2011 – Judge for Western States Police Canine Assoc. for Patrol and Narcotics
2012 – Instructor for TAC DOGS class in Colorodo
2012 – Vice President of the Western States Police Canine Association
2013 – Selected as a consultant for P.O.S.T. to assist in redefining the California P.O.S.T. evaluation for 

               Police K-9 Teams

Continued Education

Spent four weeks in Holland training with the KNPV and Dutch Police
Hans Schlegel Seminar
Dean Calderon Seminar
Decoy Seminar (Stephen Mckenzie)
Basic K-9 Handler’s School
International Police K-9 Conference – Attended in 2000 and 2008
TACDOGS Course and TACDOGS Training camp
SKIDDS (Swat and K-9 Interacting During Deployments School)
FBI Basic SWAT School
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Basic  SWAT school
Adlerhorst’s Police K-9 Tracking School
Tracking course presented by Roel Schotkamp of the Dutch police / KNPV
CNCA (California Narcotic Canine Assoc) Training conference
CATS (Canines and Tactics School)
K-9 Legal Updates
K-9 Supervisor School


California Narcotics Canine Association
Western States Police K-9 Association

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