Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Linda brings more than 25 years of dog training experience to
Canon City and Fremont County
Linda Porter is a certified professional dog trainer. Her interest in working with dogs began in Boulder, Colorado, at an animal shelter in the early 90s, where she worked as a Veterinary Technician assisting with surgeries and caring for sick and injured animals that were brought into the shelters clinic.
After six years as a Veterinary Technician, Linda accepted an Animal Control Officer position with a police department in the Denver area and developed an interest in becoming a police officer. While working as an ACO she attended the Police Academy at night and started volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer at the same department in addition to her animal control duties. At this point, she became interested in police K9s and trained the department’s first Police K9s—a Bloodhound that was used for tracking people and a chocolate Labrador that was used to locate illegal narcotics. Linda now focuses on teaching private companion dog training classes, tracking, and K9 scent work.
Her education and accomplishments include:
Graduating from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers (2-year training and behavior modification program) earning her certification in training, behavior modification, and counseling as a companion dog trainer.
Attending the Living & Learning with Animals: The Fundamental Principles and Procedures of Teaching and Learning. (8-week continuing education course taught by Dr. Susan Friedman).
Attending the "Karen Prior Professional Dog Trainers Course in 2016.
Training in Holland with world-renowned dog trainer Dick Staal in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2019, and 2020. She brings many of his techniques to her classes.
Graduating from the Sliverstate K9 Detection Dog Trainers Course in 2019.
Attending the Micheal Ellis Obedience Intensive Course 2016.
Participated in French Ring and Schutzhund dog sports.
Helping establish the first K9 unit for the Fremont County Search and Rescue Team in 2016.
Assisted in establishing the first P.O.S.T approved tracking dog course in the state of California.
Attending numerous Police and Search and Rescue canine training seminars and courses in the US and Europe.
Certified Tracking and detection dog instructor/trainer.
Assisted in establishing the first anti-poaching K9 unit for the Mara Conservancy in Kenya over a period of 9 years she and her husband helped to train tracking dogs and new puppies after the unit developed its breeding program and she continues to make herself available as a training consultant for the Mara Conservancy in Kenya.
Police K9 handler for 16 years.
Linda’s other specialized training and experience
Linda is a former member of the Colorado Police K9 Association and trained and certified 4 police dogs during her time as a reserve police officer.
She has participated in many different aspects of canine work over the last 25 years including training multiple police K9s for patrol, detection, and tracking, training 2 sport dogs in French Ring and Schutzhund dog sports, and companion dog training with special emphasis on obedience, clicker training, behavior modification, aggression issues, and puppy classes.
Linda and her husband John are also well-known tracking dog handlers and instructors and own and run a very specialized and highly respected tracking dog training school in Canon City, Colorado
Before leaving Law Enforcement in 2009, she assisted many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with her trained K9s. Linda and her husband also trained seven tracking K9s and eight dog handlers over a 9-year period for anti-poaching work in Kenya.
Linda constantly updates her training skills by attending seminars and schools across the country and in Europe related to the dog training profession. She is always looking for the best and most positive training alternatives for all types of canine training.
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn"
John Cotton Dana