I am writing this letter in regards to my strong recommendation of Mr. Tony Pallotta and his company Working K9. I first met Tony when I attended a training seminar which he conducted in Wisconsin in the spring of 2014. This seminar was for the purpose of training of Law Enforcement K9 handlers as well as K9 Decoys. I also had the opportunity to train with Tony at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association (WLECHA) training conference in the fall of 2014. Immediately upon training and interacting with Tony, I was amazed by his knowledge, work ethic, and professionalism. Tony is motivated, knowledgeable, and friendly. His knowledge and extreme competence in training K9's is immediately apparent to all. The first time that I had the privilege of training with Tony, I could immediately tell that he was extremely dedicated and passionate about his work. This dedication and passion is very evident in the K9's which he personally raises and trains, as well as other K9's that he performs maintenance training with. Tony unquestionably takes pride in his work and treats each dog as a reflection of himself and his business.
On the occasions that I have worked with Tony, I have come to quickly respect and admire him. I say this because I have personally observed his unrelenting work ethic, the pride he takes in his work, and his extreme dedication to helping every handler and K9 solve any problems they may be having. Tony refuses to let a difficult dog or situation get the best of him. He will work with every handler and their dog until their problem has a solution. Tony also presents his teaching and training style in a very no-nonsense easily understood way. The basis of his training program is the concept of TROT which stands for: Trust, Respect, Obligation and Teamwork. This simple concept teaches handlers to understand that they can get their K9's to do almost anything they ask of them, as long as the handler and his K9 have TROT. Through a series of simple obedience exercises, handlers quickly begin to see that with a solid foundation of TROT, their dogs can and will perform things that most may have previously ruled out as possible. From those basic skills, more and more complex tasks can be introduced to each team over time.
Also of key importance is that Tony presents his philosophy with an extremely supportive and friendly attitude. I have personally witnessed handlers becoming very stressed while trying to learn these new concepts and exercises; but despite their frustration, Tony continues to have a very calm, cool, collected and friendly attitude. Because of this, Tony has no problem maintaining involvement and cooperation from his students.
I also have experience with Tony in the aspect of decoy training. Tony is an extremely experienced and competent decoy. I have personally learned many things from him that have undoubtedly increased my skill level and effectiveness as a decoy. Tony takes time to completely explain each concept he presents then takes any mistakes and quickly turns them into a positive learning experience. He also explains the purpose and theory of decoy work, and impresses upon each student their very important role in the overall success of K9 training.
In closing, I would like to express my extreme recommendation of Tony Pallotta and WorkingK9. He is hardworking, professional, and committed to his craft. I hold Tony in the highest regard.