Teresa Mathern - K-9 Master Instructor
Teresa attended Augusta K-9 Services in 1999 to become a Certified Master Instructor in obedience, agility, police service work, personal protection, narcotics detection, tracking, hearing and emotional support service dogs. She has trained with the Fort Belvoir Military Police K-9 team and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Canine Police. Teresa is a certified narcotics and tracking handler through the West Virginia Police Canine Association. She has been a member of the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association since 2001 and she is also a member of the Stafford Ground Search and Rescue group. She is trained in air-scenting for wilderness, water and cadaver search and continues to attend training conferences and seminars concerning explosives detection throughout the east coast. Prior to founding Colonial K-9 in 2000, Teresa worked for 8 years in an accounting position with Ericsson International. She has since worked full time as a dog trainer with emphasis on German Shepherds, of which she now has four. They compete in an array of Protection Sports as members of United Schutzhund Clubs of America, American Working Dog Federation, Protection Sports Association, K-9 Pro Sports and American Protection and Patrol Association. She has also founded a sister company, Virginia Canine Services, which specializes in working dogs to also include Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers.
Al Lewis - Master Decoy Instructor
Al is a certified Master Decoy Instructor winning 2011 Decoy of the year with the Virginia Police Canine Association. He is a member of their Executive Board and Director of rules, regulations and training standards as well. Certified Decoy Trainer and Evaluator through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) working as Assistant Director of Training, K-9 for Culpeper County Sheriff's Office. He is also a certified trial decoy for K-9 Pro Sports and Protection Sports Association (PSA).
Dina Landoll - Competition Agility Instructor
Dina has had German Shepherd Dogs for over thirty years. She competes in Schutzhund, AKC Obedience, Rally, Agility and Tracking with her dogs. She has had a dog ranked in the top ten every year she has competed in AKC obedience. Her dog Ava was ranked number fourteen in German Shepherds competing in AKC agility in 2011. She has put over 80 titles on her dogs.
Barbara McKenny - AKC Competition Obedience Instructor
Barbara started competing in obedience in 1980. She has trained several dogs of different breeds from CD to UD. She has had three OTCH's and three UDX's. Four dogs of different breeds have been invited to the NOI. She has had over seventy AKC High In Trials and two 200's Open and Utility B.
Michael Hartnett - K-9 Trainer
Michael attended Augusta K-9 services in 2000 to receive his Master Trainer Certification. However, has been obedience training since 1967. Michael has trained with Colonial K-9 since its inception, attended police seminars, and tracking seminars. He has handled a bloodhound on search and rescue missions as a field team leader requested by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. In addition, Michael has worked with the Madison County Humane Society to train canines for easier placement; and has 27 years experience in facility and administrative management.