Linda Porter has been the Academy Coordinator, field instructor and certifying official for the Canine Training Academy since it opened in 1997. Linda is a former Reserve Police Officer and K9 handler for the Canon City Police Department. She has been working and training tracking, trailing, patrol and narcotics detection K9s since 1996.
Before leaving Law Enforcement work in 2008, she assisted many local and state law enforcement agencies with her K9's. Linda also assisted the Mara Conservancy in training 7 Bloodhounds and 8 dog handlers for its Anti-poaching unit in Kenya, Africa in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Since 2002, Linda been involved in developing and instructing California POST ciriculum for the "Tracking and Trailing for Police K9s" POST course. She is a former member of the Colorado Police Canine Association, National Police Bloodhound Association, DVG America and the Colorado Canine Club where she worked a Schutzhund K9 and competed in club trials to title her K9s in sport tracking, obedience and protection.
Linda attended the KPA Professional Dog Trainers Program in 2016 and is well versed in positive training techniques including "clicker training". Linda is also currently enrolled the prestigious Jean Donaldson Academy For Dog Trainers and has spent numerous hours studying the science of dog behavior, training and behavior modification.
She also particapates in French Ring sports where she regualrly trains with her dogs.
Linda has traveled to Holland several times to train with world renowed trainer "Dick Staal" and now uses many of his techniques to train CTA tracking dogs.
Linda keeps current on her training by attending tracking and trailing seminars annually around the country and over seas and still trains regularly with different police amd military K9 units in her area. Since leaving Law Enforcement, Linda now focuses on training dog handlers who attend CTA and coordinates and instructs training classes in Kenya, Africa. She assists with foundation training for all dogs that are trained at the Academy.
She brings over 19 years of K9 training experience to the Academy and its students. She is an enthusiastic instructor who loves to share new training techniques.