- VLK was started in 1993 by retired Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider.
- Ken started with one dog. He has grown the business to where they sell 750 to 1000 dogs per year.
- VLK's staff increased in the last two years to include 18 trainers on-site and 6 trainers off-site.
- VLK trains 5 law enforcement classes a year.
- VLK comprises roughly 1000 acres used for operations and training.
- VLK's main kennel is in Indiana. They have recently purchased kennels in Banning, California and have other kennels in Yuma, AZ , South Africa, Turkey, and Holland.
- Ken and other canine trainers started American Working Dogs, Inc. in 2004.
- American Working Dog promotes professionalism in certifying detector dogs and patrol teams. It produces a magazine to provide information on canine training and available seminars.
- American Working Dog has over 500 members.
- VLK is currently adding two new kennels. These additions will allow VLK to increase capacity from 300 dogs to 500 dogs.
- VLK has trained handlers and provided services and dogs in 21 countries, including Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, and Nicaragua.
- In early 2012, VLK set a new record by having 168 students on property at one time, including law enforcement, military personnel, and contract handlers.
- 99% of the dogs at VLK come from Europe.
- Dog prices at VLK range from as little as $5000 to as high as $50,000 depending on the amount of training and what the dog is trained to do.
- Of all the military's bomb-detection devices, the best is a dog's nose.
January 16, 2013
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