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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).



7 comments
Christine Hall
Christine Hall

I think you are just trying to cause problems Shane The owner admits that the deaths were unforrtiate and I think you delibertaly showing what you did is really ignorant and rude. grow up and get a life Shame because I will say VOHNE LICHE KENNELS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST SO GROW UP JERK.

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.  

Christine Hall
Christine Hall

I really injoy your show and would one day like to meet the team. We at one time ( husband and I ) had a pure bread pom and had to put down in November 111/2012 due to his throat issues. Mike and I are hopeing to get another dog hoping for a German Shepard. My favorite member of the team is Danny I do think that Kenny is also funny to.

Peggy Connolly
Peggy Connolly

Oh Danny, I am sweet on you. You're simply gorgeous!!  If you're ever in Toronto. ON Canada look me up honey.  I love the show. Anything to do with dogs really. I have alot of respect for what you guys do. I hope the show continues. I'll be watching.

Peggy 416-569-2993

Shane Hammer
Shane Hammer

@Christine Hall 

Well Ms. Hall, I am going to have to respectfully disagree with you. I am not trying to cause problems I am just wanting people to be aware of the animal neglect that occurred while 10 dogs were in the care of VLK. I have seen the video where Ken Licklider the owner states that this was an unfortunate accident. But If it was an accident, than why does he say it was an error in judgement and that VLK personnel lost their jobs? 

The Best of the Best do not have errors in Judgement that cost the lives of 10 dogs, that no doubt suffered as they cooked to death in a trailer with no AC. If you think I am ignorant, sit in your car on a hot day for as long as you can, and when you turn on the AC or open the door to get some relief from the sweltering heat, think about the dogs that could not do the same. Then feel free to defend Vohne Liche Kennels for killing 10 dogs and call me more name for simple sharing about and incident we all agree happened.  

Christine Hall
Christine Hall

I to would like to meet Danny personally and be able to talk with him personally and one day I hope to Danny you are an outstanding person and Thank You for careing for dogs like you do. HUGS AND KISSES TO YOU.

Christine Hall
Christine Hall

@Peggy Connolly  giving your home phonenumber is not right that is just rude how do you know he is not married or going out with someone you should think about things like that I admit that I like Danny to I would not give my phonenumber right on this site