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About Vohne Liche Kennels

Trainee Michael Henderson's dog Ricardo readies for a bomb search during K9 class drills at Vohne Liche Kennels.

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  • Vohne Liche Kennels (VLK), pronounced Von Lick, is a full service K-9 training facility where only the best go for highly trained police/military service dogs.

  • VLK was founded by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider, in 1993.

  • The training staff includes 18 on-site trainers and 6 off-site trainers. Much of the training staff is either former military, law enforcement or both.

  • VLK has trained police and military service dogs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and government agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon Police, U.S. State Department, all military branches and more than 500 civilian and police agencies.

  • The VLK facility is located over 600 acres in Denver, Ind., and includes three kennels, obstacle courses, dormitories, training classrooms, training buildings, and a workout gym.

  • They also operate kennels in Banning, Calif., Yuma, Ariz.

  • At any given time VLK maintains around 350 dogs in various phases of training.

  • VLK also utilizes off-site facilities in both rural and urban areas to provide real-life experiences to teams, including warehouses, hotels, schools, lumber yards, impound lots, jails and private residences.

  • Dog prices at VLK reach as high as $50,000 depending on the amount of training and what the dog is trained to do.

18 comments
Shane Hammer
Shane Hammer

I would not say Vohne Liche Kennels is the best of the best. I just read and article that states, they just had 10 dogs die of heat stroke while in their care. http://www.examiner.com/article/ten-dogs-die-from-heat-stroke-during-cross-country-transport ..........here is the link to the story I came across. 

I think this could have been avoided had they properly cared for the dogs. I also see there is a petition to have a federal investigation to see if this was a criminal offense. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/launch-full-investigation-neglect-animals-vohne-liche-kennels-and-their-transportation-methods/mFVCH7Wr 

If I was National Geographic I think I would pull this company off your page until they are cleared of animal abuse and negligence.  

Darren Brown
Darren Brown

WIsh i could buy this series, can i get it somewhere??

Mary Ann Marcellus
Mary Ann Marcellus

THE BEST SHOW EVER! I've trained obedience, tracking & protection dogs for over 35 years and I couldn't be more excited! I hope this series continues for a very long time. I've recorded & protected every episode so far. And watched each one at least three times! Awesome!

Mary Ann Marcellus
Mary Ann Marcellus

THE BEST SHOW EVER! I've trained obedience, tracking & protection dogs for over 35 years and I couldn't be more excited! I hope this series continues for a very long time. I've recorded & protected every episode so far. And watched each one at least three times! Awesome!

Elizabeth Fischer
Elizabeth Fischer

I have been watching this show for a couple of months now and it has caught my interest. I find myself staying up late watching back to back episodes. The dogs and the men are amazing and so intelligent. I also am interested because my daughter's father in law is an Army retired military police and has his own security business with a dog just like the ones on this show.  His name is Ando, he is huge and they still breed him and he still works at his age of 6.  I love shepards and all animals.  I wish I had a dog like  this show and I would feel protected all the time.  I hope this show continues every week.

Erica Hanes
Erica Hanes

What happened to Cheyanne, the dog with PTSD? Was she able to be re-assigned or adopted?

Lin Pou
Lin Pou

Best nat geo wild show ever, but where the H* did it go?  Its not on as advertised anymore (website still shows scheduled 9pm ET) but its not been on for weeks now, also now missing from my on-demand cable.  Dunno if its cable carriers issue.  I hoped this show was here to stay as its refreshing to see K9 handlers who are 'real' people that talk & act like the rest of us.

Pat Newcomer
Pat Newcomer

Love this show! So does hubby. , Raised and trained GS for 25 years and loved it. Miss our dogs. Was a little put out about the Bloodhound story, we also worked with them, and I put  2 S&R titles on my first Bloodhound. Worked and traveled with some great ppl. Some not so much!  We now have an older rescued Bloodhound, and he is the  love of our life's !  Even train in German commands. Sorry it is the first thing that comes out of my mouth, LOL  Also a crate is a place for "the "dog's time NOT a cage!! Thanks for listening!

brenda kopf
brenda kopf

Watching the show for the first time, I'm noticing that VLK dogs are very thin. I can count ribs on the dogs. Why is this? I've never seen working dogs this thin before. I've seen dogs in airports, a friend used to have a drug dog, I've seen show dogs, and dogs that competed on training courses - none have been 'rib counting' thin like theirs is. Aslo, this is about the dogs, I haven't' seen the dogs eat or drink nor do they talk about what they're fed or how much, is it adjusted because they are working dogs, etc?

brenda kopf
brenda kopf

Watching the show for the first time, I'm noticing that VLK dogs are very thin. I can count ribs on the dogs. Why is this? I've never seen working dogs this thin before. I've seen dogs in airports, a friend used to have a drug dog, I've seen show dogs, and dogs that competed on training courses - none have been 'rib counting' thin like theirs is. Aslo, this is about the dogs, I haven't' seen the dogs eat or drink nor do they talk about what they're fed or how much, is it adjusted because they are working dogs, etc?

Yvonne Glines
Yvonne Glines

On the episode with Bullwinkle what did they state about them running 115 miles ? I missed it and I want to know the answer.

Carol R Strand
Carol R Strand

I don't know if anyone from VLK acutally looks at comments here, but a firend and I are really cureious as to how you decide, or know, that some of the "odd breeds" -- the cocker spaniel, for example, will be good for a particular job such as cadaver dog.

Amy Pering
Amy Pering

When the dogs are retired where are they sent to?  Are they available for adoption?  i currently have a 3 yr old Belgian Malinois-female.  Would love to find her an older male.

Deborah Wright
Deborah Wright

Watching Alpha Dogs on Nat Geo Wild.......Love this show!

Elizabeth Fischer
Elizabeth Fischer

@Erica Hanes I was wondering the same thing because they never said where she went after the show was over. I felt so bad for that dog.

Lin Pou
Lin Pou

Dogs in the US are often unfortunately overweight the same as us people. This leads to heart & especially hip problems. Also large mid-sections can be a factor in a painful & deadly condition called bloat in which the stomach twists itself. In the case of German or Dutch Sheps most knowledgeable folks of the breed would say that all ribs should be easily felt by touch and the last few ribs visible by sight. This just appears more prominent during heavy exercise/panting. Such work dogs should be only lean muscle. As a former K9 handler/trainer I NEVER let my dogs eat or drink anything not directly given by me (so no drinking from puddles/pools, treats from strangers ect). This is due to accidental or purposeful poisoning, as dangers can range from chocolate to anti-freeze, also that risk of bloat.  -I'm just guessing VLK follows similar type philosophy.  As far as nutrition...well there's a variety of opinions & debate on any diet LOL.