January 18, 2013

Meet the Guys

Kenny Licklider, Owner and Founder of Vohne Liche Kennels (VLK)

Kenny, a retired Senior Master Sergeant in the US Air Force, started VLK in 1993. From his days working with dogs in the military, Licklider felt he could train dogs to be more effective and in a lot less time than other training facilities. Today, he has transformed VLK into a multi-million dollar business, spread out over 600 acres in Denver, Ind. They train approximately 400 dogs and 150 handlers from 46 states and 20 foreign countries yearly. He is still hands on with many students and dogs that comes through the facility, training man and dog to work hand-in-hand.

Danny Parker, Head of Police
Training at VLK

Danny was an undercover narcotics agent with the Terre Haute (Ind.) police department for 9 years, assigned to the organized crime and narcotics unit. He was also the department's first K-9 dual purpose handler/trainer. At VLK, Danny is Kenny's right hand man. He's equally as intimidating looking as Kenny, but more of a joker. He recently traveled to Afghanistan to train Afghan handlers and bomb dogs to protect President Karzai.

Bobby Roettger, Head of Military
Operations at VLK

Bobby was a police officer for nine years in Connersville, Ind. where he was a member of the K-9 unit working narcotics and a SWAT team leader. He runs the military training operations side at VLK, and is known for being cool under pressure and never missing deadlines.

K.C. Licklider, trainer and Kenny's son

K.C. is the boss's son. Although still in his teens, he is quickly becoming one of the best trainers at the kennel. His father hopes he will one day take over the business, but he still has a lot of learning to do. You'll often find K.C. sneaking out of work early to go hunting or fishing, and his top priority is chasing women.

Luther McDonald, T.E.D.D. Program
Lead Instructor

Luther has been with VLK since 2004, working his way up the ladder. Luther is currently the lead instructor for the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog Program (T.E.D.D.) for the U.S. Army, teaching teams and dogs to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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