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Thanks for the info. I’ll keep checking your site for the dates and hopefully will have the opportunity to attend one of the them. I’ve done some tracking and scent training with Joe Nick who works for the NJ Dept of Corrections and is the President of Region 15 (USPCA). Joe highly recommended you and had nothing but good things to say. He told me about the seminar that you did in Passaic County, NJ but I was unfortunately unable to attend. I spoke to a couple people from Bucks County, PA who did attend and they said it was great! I’ll look forward to having the opportunity to someday meet and learn from you.

Thanks again,

Stephanie Bills
Berwyn, PA

Hi Randy,

Just wanted to let you know again how much I enjoyed your seminar and what a GREAT system you have. I look forward to learning and mastering your system in the near future. Thanks again for a great time and learning experience.

PS - The ones who did not attend your seminar…missed out on something very special…

Bob Campanile
Stafford Township Police, NJ

Hey Randy - can’t tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you all and attending your seminar. This was very good for our group and for me personally.

Talk to you soon,

Maria Hillegas


Thanks for a great seminar this weekend! It was by far the most informative seminar I’ve ever attended. My brain is buzzing with thoughts on how to apply your ideas to improve our disaster search training.


Konnie Hein


Well, I hope you and Boooo-nk are getting friendly. He really is a wonderful dog, his trainer was thrilled that you took him and will be sending the papers shortly.

Aside from all the business crap and all, I wanted to mention my favorite few moments of the seminar. When one old dog man told another old dog man I’m thirty five, but have been through it all in the last 15 years. You looked at me and offered to recoup my expenses. It’s refreshing to see such honesty and compassion in this business.

To be honest, I had only just recently heard of you. Since becoming a dad, I had to stop traveling. I just focus on my dogs here. So when I asked around, I heard only really good things. SURPRISE! So I will promise to be as predictable as possible and communicate effectively about the dogs in the future. It was my sincere pleasure to meet you two this weekend. My dogs mean a lot to me. Where they end up is important - profits are not interesting to me.

Thanks again,
Bryan Colletti
Buunks foster dad

Hi Randy,
I really enjoyed the seminar this weekend, I learned a lot. As a testament to your DVD’s I didn’t see anything we have been doing wrong, but as a testament to your training and communication skills I did see a lot of things we can do better.
I enjoyed meeting and training with you and Gina,

Pat Nolan

Hi Randy,

Hope you had a good trip home.
Thank you so much for a wonderful seminar. Everyone is talking about how informative, educational, and fun the whole weekend was - those that missed it are sorely jealous, so it looks like we might have to see if you’ll come back next year.
For myself, it couldn’t have been a better, more stimulating weekend. I so appreciate all the energy you gave each and every canine, adjusting input to each handler, and bringing out the best in both. I’m most impressed with your stamina. Konnie and I especially treasure our dinner conversation with you, Randy, and are bouncing around ways to bring this kind of training to USAR/live human scent.
Thank you again for a great seminar - we very much appreciate the fairness, clarity, and motivational foundation of your approach to canine detection training.

Elizabeth Kreitler

Thank you again, Randy,

In a field that is so often corrupted by men and women out to make a dime, I feel like I’m finding a group of honest, passionate trainers to respect and look to as role models. Honestly, I was skeptical after hearing of your “revolutionary” detection training methods. I believed, as I had witnessed so many times before, that you had a gimmick that you were able to sell to people who didn’t know any better. After hearing Brice and Pat speak so highly of you and explain a bit more about your training philosophy, I was willing to admit there may be some merit to what you were doing. Pat emailed me about your seminar in Maryland and I was able to secure a working slot and attend.

Randy and Gena, I can’t tell you enough how impressed I was with every minute of the seminar. My skepticism quickly faded the morning of the first day. Everything you said and did made perfect sense. Watching your demonstrations and working through the clicker training exercises, I believe, was an eye-opener for everyone that so clearly illustrated just how difficult we make it for dogs to learn. I was also impressed when you openly expressed that, although remarkable, your approaches to training in the past were not always the most effective and fair to the dog. I have often felt the same desire to make dogs want to learn and be open to anything another trainer has to offer.

Even if the seminar had concluded at the end of the first day, I would have felt that I had met two trainers who were in this field because of their passion for training and not for recognition or money. I could see that you honestly cared about the dogs and wanted to make whatever they were learning as clear and motivational as possible. The seminar, fortunately, did not end on day one.

I was also concerned about working my own dog at a seminar where I did not know exactly what to expect. I have worked with other trainers and been to other seminars and seen many dogs leave confused and distressed. I had put so much time and effort into training Blitzen prior to that point, I did not want to contradict my hard work. Once again, I was amazed at what we were able to accomplish with her in a few short sessions. I don’t think I could have understood or completely trusted a lot of what you taught if I had not seen it accomplished with my own dog. Everything made so much sense and I can’t understand why so many trainers will not admit there may be a better way to train detection dogs. You mentioned it, and I must agree that far too much of training is based on tradition and anything that threatens to challenge tradition must be wrong.

I want to thank you for being willing to think outside the box, learn new ideas and challenge and improve everything you can. Not only do you have a compassionate, yet effective, approach to training, you are also incredibly approachable and humble. I was just as impressed with your genuine concern and desire to help me further my career in training as I was with your ability to train dogs and communicate those ideas. I can only hope that when I look back on my legacy as a dog trainer, I will see the same insight, open-mindedness and altruism. Once again, thank you both, so much.

Ariel Peldunas and Blitzen
Washington, DC

I wanted to thank you for the information and patience shown during the Salamanca, NY seminar, Oct. 2008.
I don’t believe the 2nd and 3rd day of the seminar would have been as effective without the “grounding” of the 1st day. Being a narcotics dog handler and not a trainer I was not as cognizant of the theory and method as I should have been behind a trained dog. I recommend all handlers to attend a seminar and further training in being “obedient to odor.” Randy and Gena are not selling a gimmic product or peddling snake oil. Randy’s years of experience and thought provoking teaching is truly a gift that I feel very few have.
As we have entered a more litigious age, handlers and trainers need to be aware of what and how they are laying the ground work for their dogs. I will always remember two comments made to me. “Why are you doing that?” “What are you doing?” It was said in a very thought provoking way especially after the 1st day seminar. I have to be aware of why and what I am doing. Everything needs to be thought out in a step-by-step basis to avoid unraveling what the dog is learning. Thank you for breaking down the steps in easy to understand terms. Learning to be quiet and letting the dog figure it out makes so much sense after seeing it. Your humble introduction to opening our minds and your true love of canines came across very clearly. I am very much looking forward to hearing and seeing you both in Western NY again.

Sincerest Regards,

Deputy Brian Thompson
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9
Batavia, NY