Patrick O'Connor worked his first police dog in the early 1970s when he was an apprentice dog trainer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since then he has worked with literally thousands of police dogs and their handlers. He was the civilian K9 coordinator for the city of Colorado Springs from 1986 thru 1995. He became an instructor for the International Police K9 Conference in the early 1990s and trained at approximately 20 conferences throughout North America. In 1999 Patrick and his wife Lorna, took over management and training at the K9 Academy for Law Enforcement in British Columbia. While there Patrick ran 12-week police K9 academys as well as shorter refresher courses for departments in the northwestern United States. While in BC, Patrick started a pilot program for the training of wood-rot detection dogs to assist in the major problem of "leaky condos". He recently finished a wildlife detection dog for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for the detection of poached game animals.
Patrick worked for years at the conferences with the foremost muzzle training expert in North America, Brian Amm, then president of the Canadian Police Canine Association and is now considered an expert in muzzle training in his own right. He is adept at using operant conditioning techniques and allows dogs to learn in a natural progression. He fully understands K9 behavior and uses this knowledge to great advantage in his training regimen. He also has a strong background in his personal hobby of Schutzhund and therefore is fully qualified to train for either the find and bite or the bark and hold philosophy. This background gives him great experience at trial preparation which police dog handlers can benefit from if they enter into any K9 competitions.
At various times in his career he has instructed at seminars hosted by the United States Police Canine Association, the North American Police Work dog Association, the Western States Police Canine Association, the Washington States Police Canine Association (where he is an honorary member), and the International Police K9 Conference.
More complete information on Patrick O'Connor's training philosophy and techniques can be obtained by contacting him directly.