Steve Sprouse

Steve Sprouse has been in law enforcement for over 30 years and a police K-9 handler/trainer for 27 years. He is currently the patrol dog trainer for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Southeast Florida. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is the largest accredited Sheriff’s Office in the country with 3,000 sworn deputies and over 40 work dogs within the agency. Steve is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement K-9 Instructor and K-9 Team Evaluator. Along with teaching basic patrol dog classes for his agency and others, he has taught at numerous police canine training seminars and conferences throughout North America and the Caribbean. He has had several K-9 training articles published in various police canine publications since the mid-1990s. He has also been employed to testify as a K-9 use of force expert in civil court proceedings. Steve has placed as high as first place in several regional and national police K-9 competitions, but strongly believes preparing for real deployments should be a priority. In 1989, Steve was shot and seriously wounded during a K-9 deployment because training fell short of reality. Since Steve’s shooting, he has been passionate about helping others utilize the skills needed to transition training to reality for canine use of force situations. In addition to training, Steve is currently working his 6th patrol dog and has been involved in hundreds of K-9 apprehensions and use of force incidents during his career. He uses his experiences to help other patrol dog teams maximize success.

Class: Transferring Bite Training to the Reality of the Street

This class looks at patrol dog aggression and real street bite issues. The class defines the “ideal” bite, highlights why dogs may not engage a suspect and guides you through proven step by step training principles that transition the dog from training to reality. Having worked the street as a K-9 handler for 30 years, this instructor has lived the reality of the street. This class will present facts rather than theory.