Ray Murphy Co-Founder, Lead Police K-9 Instructor & Decoy
Ray is a US Marine veteran who served with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines STA platoon during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. As a civilian, he now attends multiple tactical shooting courses, including fighting pistol, carbine, and car jacking defense.
After the Marines, Ray attended Illinois State University, where he graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice.
He is certified through Tarheel Canine in North Carolina, having gone through two of Tarheel’s accelerated courses (Professional Dog Trainer, and Personal Protection), and is a Police K9 Instructor Certification through Torchlight K9, with an emphasis on scenario-based training.
Ray Murphy is also the co-owner, Training Director, and Lead Behaviorist of Koru K9 Dog Training and Rehabilitation. One of the largest, and most successful privately owned pet dog behavior modification companies in California (located in five states).
Ray and Nero (pictured) achieved their PDC, PSA-1 title (Protection Work and Obedience), and Canine Good Citizen title before Nero’s untimely and unexpected passing. Ray is now working with his new German Shepherd (Czech lines), Voodoo — training to be future PSA champions!
Ted Summers Co-Founder, Director of Training & Lead Police K-9 Instructor
Ted has been involved in working K9’s for over a decade in various forms from retrievers, to hunting terriers to protection and police service dogs. His specialties are grip work and development, patrol and utility work and proper decoy work, detection training and K9 policy and procedure. Ted acts as the training director for our PSA club and is a certified trial decoy. Ted teaches our decoy and handler schools and our SWAT/SORT integration seminars as well as our decoy camp for police service trainers and handlers and does numerous camps for military special operations. Ted is also one of the co-hosts on Working Dog Radio
Sean Hagner Police K-9 Instructor & Lead Police K-9 Decoy Instructor
Sean is a trainer for Torchlight K9 and also Koru K9 he went through the professional and master dog training courses at The Tom Rose School. Sean’s specialty is obedience, detection and apprehension work. Prior to the working dog world Sean was attached to JSOC as an NCO and Psychological Operations Specialist in the US army.
Grif is a 22-year veteran of Law Enforcement, serving a majority of his career in Special Operations, SWAT and K9. He received his Handler and subsequently his Trainer certification while working a Dual-Purpose Narcotics Patrol Canine in a large Chicago suburb.
In conjunction with his Law Enforcement career, Grif served 27 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with various overseas deployments while assigned to the Infantry and Special Operations community.
Grif currently handles an Explosive Detection Canine for a large private security firm, recently serving on a security assignment in London, England. He is assigned to the Chicago Regional Area.
Clover Street owns and operates MarathonK9 Academy, LLC based out of the southeast. He got his start with working dogs while employed as a civilian contracted veterinary technician for the US Army. He interned underneath a law enforcement trainer out of Utah for awhile and gained notoriety with local departments for his decoy work. Since mid- 2016 he has spent his time training patrol dogs and personal protection dogs, as well as running the obedience side of his company for civilians. He dabbles in odor detection, but his passion lies in decoying and developing dogs to be at their maximum potential while engaged in a fight. Outside of training dogs, he competes in PSA (Protection Sports Association) with his Dutch Shepherd, acting as a training decoy for one of the local clubs as well. He has received numerous accolades including nominations for Best of the Springs- Dog Trainer while residing in Colorado Springs multiple years, being selected to decoy for HRD Police K9 multiple times, and selected to decoy for various law enforcement competitions across the country.
Tyler Falconer currently owns and operates Falco K9 in Boston, Massachusetts. He made is start in K9 when he served as a Military Working Dog Handler in the US Navy. Stationed in Fallon, Nevada he operated three Patrol/Explosive Detector Dogs. There he found his love and passion for decoying as he was tasked to problem solve and train various dogs in his kennel. Seeking to further his experience and education, Tyler traveled the West Coast to learn the art of decoying. Upon separation from the military, Tyler continued his decoy education by attending various decoy seminars and working with various Law Enforcement agencies throughout New England. Tyler began decoying for HRD in early 2019, as well as, serving as a full time firefighter. As the owner of Falco K9, Tyler trains and sells personal protection dogs in addition to dual purpose police K9 prospects. He decoys for various law enforcement agencies in New England and helps to develop you police dogs in their training academies. Tyler also leads structured one-on-one and group training sessions ranging from puppies to adult dogs in both obedience and behavior modification.
Following in the footsteps of his family, Jason started training dogs when he was 15 years old. In 1998, he spent the summer with his Uncle in North Carolina, who owned a kennel where he trained and bred GSDs and Belgian Malinois. He was also a trainer for some of the local departments K9 Units. After that summer, Jason developed a deep passion for working dogs and has been engaged in sport training, as well as working with law enforcement, ever since. Besides running a dog training company for the past 13 years, he’s been a full time decoy and handler, specializing in French Ringsport. He travels the country competing his personal dog, while always seeking opportunities to learn from world class trainers, he’s been fortunate enough to work with along the way.
Allie Raines has been training dogs professionally since 2015. Through working with over 300 dogs in roughly two years, she found her specialty in channeling drive and problem solving behavior modification cases, and her focus soon shifted to the world of higher-caliber working dogs. She began decoying in 2018 and has since dedicated herself to the craft, applying her knowledge of canine behavior and problem solving to the real-world betterment of police K9 teams through partnership with HRD.
With a Military and Fire Department background, Eloise has had a history with working dogs dating back to 2009.
Before her move from Britain to the USA in 2015, her main focus was Accelerant Detection Canines. Arson roles in the US are commonly filled by Law Enforcement, due to this, Eloise found herself delving into apprehension training.
Eloise currently has a City Career in Firefighting, instructs and assists with various Fire Academies and owns a small Pet/Working Dog company. Though she now lives just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, Eloise has been training and traveling actively over the past two years specifically to better her Decoy and trainer skills. This has lead to opportunities to assist with Sport, Protection and Law Enforcement training/seminars, including a few with us here at HRD K9!
“I know these guys, I know their program, what they have to offer and I am confident with my teaching experience, I can be a valuable asset to those learning the craft.
Tank Mosley is a Marine Corps veteran and has been around dogs his entire life. Tank’s parents raised Pitbull’s and Catahoula leopard dogs back in Louisiana. Tank has been training professionally for 8 years. When Tank is not working obedience dogs you can find him decoying for the Virginia State police and other local agencies. He is always continuing his education by attending seminars and workshops around the country. Tank can teach diabetic alert dog, CGC, any obedience, tracking and trailing, detection and protection.
Served in the United States Army for 7 years. Owner and Operator of Elite Canine Training & Outfitter’s. President of Got Your Six k9’s where we train service dogs for Veterans suffering from PTSD. Been training dogs for over 15 years. Made my start in training hunting labs for private clients and competition. Got into working service K9’s over 5 years go. Attended the Tom Rose School for professional dog trainers, completed The Master’s Program at Tarheel K9, Competed the K9 Supervisors Course at Tarheel K9. Serve as the Secretary/Treasurer and Certifier for the National Tactical Police Dog Association. Certified PSA Decoy and Classified IPO/IGP Helper. Lead K9 Trainer for Green Bay Metro Police K9 Unit. I love teaching others my passion for building strong working dogs. In my free time I like running my dogs in a variety of dog sports.
I had the pleasure of being introduced to the world of dog training in 2012 when I was 19 years old. It quickly grew into a passion for decoying. I am currently a certified PSA decoy and was a 2018 National-Select decoy in Canada. I owe much of my love and experience to Tarheel Canine for the knowledge I learned with them. I look forward to applying that experience and passion with HRD.
Started in a veterinary clinic where her passion was to care for animals, but walked away from it to fulfill her calling to go into law enforcement to be a k9 handler. She is now the current k9 handler for a VA police department, and works with K9 Wilson who is a dual-purpose narcotics k9. Tanto has been with her agency for over 5 years, and has been a part of their Critical Incident Response Team, which she continues to assist. Leading up to Tanto’s position, she spent years in the bite suit learning how to read/manipulate behaviors, bite development, and to safely catch dogs. Tanto is certified through the Virginia Police Canine Association and received the top decoy award in her class in 2016. Tanto has also dedicated her time in the suit by attending many seminars and assisting with local police agencies’ k9 training. She has trained with some well-known trainers/mentors such as Howard Young, Paul Ludwig, Aaron Taylor, and Tank Mosley. She is very passionate about helping build k9 teams, preparing them for the evil they may face in today’s world. When not working, she loves to spend time with her family and still continues to train with her partner, personal dogs, or with her sister who is a SAR handler in VA.
“I believe training should be more than just checking a box. It needs to challenge you and push you out of your comfort zones; that’s where the real lessons are learned.”
Professional Dog trainer for 22 years. Started working with hunting breeds, such as bird dogs and hounds. I have worked in public safety fields for 13 years as a Fire firefighter and Res. Deputy Sheriff. I have been a police K9 trainer/instructor and decoy for the last 10 years when I started @Magnum K9. I am a MCOLES registered trainer. Head trainer for the Saginaw City Police Department and many other city and county departments in Michigan. I have experience as a IPO decoy and have worked with HRD seminars. I have handled 2 Cadaver K9s. I have worked with behavior modification, drive channeling, bite building, as well as K9 confidence building and trouble shooting.
Also known as the Muzzle Mavin. She does more than paint. She’s also an accomplished trainer in her own right. Her personal dog, Static, is a human remains dog and the male model for Working Dog Dry Goods. She’s also attended several seminars and decoy camps and schools and is no stranger to a suit. She’s also our head “heckler in charge” during decoy schools. Alesha is also the producer for Working Dog Radio.