Hello, we hope everyone enjoyed and benefited from our “Introduction to Protection Day”.  We are very excited to begin a training regiment and preparation for a future trial. All Protection titles require a prerequisite completion of the Family Obedience Title.

I am Posting the suggested group class schedule devoted specifically to learning the skills necessary for Family Obedience Trialing. Be aware that class participation is not required. You are welcome to attend classes or simply compete in the event on trial date.



*Note Please Complete the form and then (Print and Mail with payment)
or (Save and Send VIA Email) and (Send payment Via Paypal)

The cost for the (6) Classes is a non refundable $120.00 registration fee.

Update: Registration now available please complete and return to secure your spot.
Contact Debbie or Kristan for registration form requests.


*Also, Sunday, March 1st at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM we will have a training day with Ron Ligtenberg for the purpose of bite development and we will focus on the “Protection Bark Alert”. Also, on this day we will have Judge Tom Kawood from Working Dogs of America for an overview/ Demo/ and explanation of trial procedures and techniques.

Registration will be posted soon.
Cost for this event is a non refundable $100.00 registration fee.

Audit positions are available. Hope to see all of you soon!

Melissa Morgan Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  At the University, she is the Director of the Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Food Science. Melissa’s research interests include pre- and post-harvest food safety and quality control. In recent years this worked has evolved to included activities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from non-routine emergencies resulting from intentional and non-intentional contamination affecting food products. Melissa’s teaching program includes traditional classes in Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Foodborne Pathogens, and Veterinary Medical Terminology (online), in addition to a robust program in undergraduate student research and internships.

Melissa has been involved in working and training scent detecting dogs for over 20 years. She is a K9 Deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department,  Chief of the Kentucky Search Dog Association, and K9 manager for Ohio Task Force 1 a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.  Melissa has been involved with over 375 incidents as either a dog handler, team leader or operations officer, her K9s are certified through FEMA, North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), American Police Canine Association (APCA) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) in disaster, air-scent, trailing, and cadaver. In addition, Melissa is an evaluator for KYEM, FEMA Disaster – HRD and a Master Trainer for APCA.