Rodney Spicer is the President and training director of Gold Coast K9. He is recognized nationwide for providing challenging reality based training scenarios and utilizing contemporary canine training techniques to develop the best performing canine for the intended use and environment. Rodney began training working sport and canine Home Protectors in 1985 and soon after began training police and military service dogs in patrol and detection.

     Rodney maintains his expertise and relevance by staying directly involved in the selection and training of police service dogs in both patrol and detection. Rodney enjoys a unique position of being a certified working dog judge in four different organizations, a certified agitator in five different working dog organizations, and a California K9 POST Evaluator. He also personally conducts over 300 detection sniffs per year and is hands on with selection and bio-metric testing of all Gold Coast K9 dogs.


CLASS: K-9 Stress Inoculation
Prior to Deployments

     This class is one of the most challenging patrol classes you will attend. Its purpose is to desensitize the PSD to stress, pressure and changing environments by inoculating the Police Service Dog to small doses of stress so that they will overcome a greater challenge.

     This reality-based training class will cover stress and the effects caused by stressful encounters during deployments and how inoculating the K9 to doses of stress through reality based training scenarios will increase the K9’s confidence and effectiveness in overcoming a greater challenge. Actual deployments, illustrating the importance and the benefits of stress inoculation training, will be examined and discussed. Powerpoint presentation and field training will include the following:

  • Introducing Bio Metrics into your selection process

  • Suspect behavior prior contact

  • Leg bites

  • Focus on the suspect

  • Muzzle

  • Stress inoculation through opposition

  • Transitioning to real world pictures