Module 1

Introduction To Kevin and Goals of the Course


This course addresses the novice police dog decoy who is supporting K9 operations in their department. It addresses the basics of K9 behavior, decoy behavior, and safety.


  • No tests this week


About Kevin Sheldahl 

 2 min 38 sec


Kevin Sheldahl is an Instructor of Police Service Dogs and their Handlers.


Kevin  is a Police Service Dog Teaching Judge (PSP/DPO/WPO Patrol, narcotics, explosives, human remains, Police S&R, Game Detection Dog, Tracking/Trailing, and SWAT) .


He has been involved in the training of working dogs as both a hobby and professionally for 35 years. He has taught numerous handlers from agencies throughout the United States, Judged Certification and Competitive events, and been a guest speaker and instructor for various organizations.  Kevin is a Master Instructor (NMDPS) for the above specialties.

Kevin has worked teaching military, and law enforcement in multiple countries to include Columbia, Germany, as well as US Naval Special Warfare, and USAF. He has selected police dog candidates for police departments for more than 35 years.  Using modern understanding of canine behavior to evaluate their temperament and character. 


On the civilian side of training Kevin has been the training director for several Schutzhund Clubs, titled numerous dogs in sport, trained among the civilian KNPV Clubs in Holland, as well as been involved in French and Mondioring dog sports.


Kevin has represented the United States at the International German Police Dog (WPO) Championships in 1998 and 1999. He has participated in the USCA Schutzhund III Championships on two occasions. Kevin and his K-9 partners were on three occasions the Rocky Mountain Great Plains Regional Champion (SchH 3 x2, SchH 1 x1). Kevin also is a General Police Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Less Lethal Instructor, as well as Use of Force Instructor.  In his personal life he is a traditional martial artist attaining the rank of Godan (4th degree black belt) Shorin-ryu karate.

Kevin has instructed in the Tactical application of police service dogs in various venues throughout the U.S. He has taught and organized numerous advanced training programs for law enforcement and military K-9 handlers. 


Kevin has authored articles for Law Officer Magazine, Caliber Press, and Police K-9 Magazine as well as having developed curriculum for handler instruction.  Kevin has also acted as an expert witness for various law enforcement entities and as a subject matter expert for various organizations such as the US Embassy to Colombia in Bogota.


Currently, Kevin instructs courses for his business in Basic Patrol & Detection in the Albuquerque Metro Area in addition to teaching an advanced course at Fox Valley Technical College, in Appleton Wisconsin.  Kevin can also be found at various events as a guest instructor around the US and other countries.



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