Alan Kalfus began his dog training career in 1975, when he trained his first police K-9 while employed as a State Wildlife Officer in the State of Ohio. While there, he assisted several police agencies in establishing their K-9 units and trained several K-9 handlers.
In 1980 Alan began offering dog obedience training, both individual and group.
After moving to Florida in 1982 and establishing the K-9 Unit for the Port St. Lucie Police
Department, Alan continued his dog obedience training, first offering group classes
through the Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation Department, then on his own at several
locations in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Since that time he has been responsible for the
training of well over a hundred dogs of various breeds and ages.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, Alan was the K-9 trainer for the Port St. Lucie Police Department K-9 Unit and trained over a dozen police dogs for several different agencies, including the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Marine Patrol and the PGA National Security Force. Each of these dogs completed over 400 hours of police K-9 training with Alan. In addition to the basic police dog training, Alan held in-service training sessions for numerous other law enforcement agencies in south Florida.
Throughout the years, Alan's K-9's have assisted the FBI, Internal Revenue Service
US Coast Guard, US Customs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Florida Highway Patrol and numerous local city and county law enforcement agencies.
Alan is certified by the State of Florida as a K-9 Evaluator, and has certified numerous Police K-9 teams for various agencies throughout Florida per
the standards of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice
Standards and Training Commission.
In addition, Alan has trained four narcotic detecting K-9's for the National Police of Nicaragua.
After training the dogs in Florida, Alan accompanied the dogs to Nicaragua and trained the National Police handlers to
handle the dogs. Two of the dogs were placed at the Augusto Sandino Airport in Managua, Nicaragua and the other two
at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border on the Pan Am Highway.
Since his retirement in 2005, Alan has devoted much of his time to dog training and to developing new training techniques. He believes in positive training methods, in which the dog enjoys the learning experience.