Ken Licklider, SMSGT, USAF (Ret) is the owner and Chief Trainer of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc. Mr. Licklider has thirty-four (34) years canine experience, including seventeen (17) years serving in the United States Air Force in the canine field. Upon retirement in 1993, Mr. Licklider formed Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc. Mr. Licklider is world renowned for his scent work, which has been copied by trainers worldwide to include Dutch Customs, and he has traveled around the world teaching his methodologies. He has been instrumental in the development of the passive response detector dog and has aided agencies around the world in not only training their dogs, but also developing their programs. Selected as a charter member of Scientific Working Group on Dog & Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG), Ken is one (1) of only two (2) private trainers allowed on the panel of fifty (50) plus top trainers in the United States.
Ken designed and developed the current K-9 program for U.S. Special Forces for all four (4) branches of the military. He conducts seminars worldwide, has been cadre for several years at the two (2) largest K-9 seminars in the U.S. Ken has developed kennels and kennel support in Holland and Turkey with branches in South Africa. He has trained/worked with over two thousand five hundred (2,500) dogs in his career. VLK trains more than five hundred (500) dogs per year for local, state, federal and private organizations. He currently has dogs in over eight hundred (800) law enforcement agencies to include the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon Police, U.S. Secret Service, over forty-eight (48) states and more than twenty (20) countries, including hundreds of teams in Afghanistan and Iraq with recently dogs sold to Libya and teams deployed to Brazil.
Detector Dog Behavior
Ken Licklider has dedicated his entire life to the betterment of dog training. He is not just an ordinary dog trainer, but also a philosopher of canine behavior. Ken’s success in this profession has resulted in international acclaim. Ken will cover a variety of topics such as his theories on dog’s drives and character traits, how dogs learn, odor – what it is, odor contamination and imprintation, variable reward and why it’s important. Seminar content will also include: interior/exterior vehicle searches, search patterns: advantages & disadvantages, environmental factors, recognition of physical internal stress, problem solving: methods & distractions, enhancing response, storage & maintenance of training aids, and the importance of record keeping.