Training service dogs for special situations and circumstances
10 Things About iK9
#1 Work like a dog
iK9 is a comprehensive canine solutions provider for both detection and service dogs, along with professional handler education.
iK9 holds the largest contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as their provider of fully trained passenger screening and detection dogs.
#3 Follow the scent
#4 As just a small puppy
iK9 started as a small joint venture with Auburn University before being purchased by Landon Ash and turned into the multi-million-dollar venture it is today. When public safety and security are dependent on dogs, iK9’s dogs are viewed as among of the top choices in the nation.
#5 Dogs in high places
iK9 works closely with the elite defense contracting firm Xtreme Concepts, which is a worldwide leader in providing elite security services, instruction and education to government and military entities.
#6 In Service
iK9 is furthering its commitment to support our veterans through a collaboration with the non-profit The 1st Foundation. This partnership will facilitate iK9’s effort to pair service dogs with those in need. The 1st Foundation provides assistance to the members and family members of special ops forces and police special operations through canine adoptions, training services, equipment donations, grants and memorial funds.
#7 Training day
Training of iK9’s dogs is conducted by world-class trainers at McClellan Training Facility, formerly known as Fort McClellan, in Anniston, Alabama. The vast majority of iK9’s dog trainers and staff are veterans.
#8 Comfort care
More than 400,000 service members suffer from PTSD. iK9 is honored to be able to provide our nation’s veterans who suffer from PTSD with capable, highly trained service dogs. Our service and emotional support dogs actively provide comfort and support for the anxieties, stressors, and emotions common to veterans with PTSD, as well as performing key functions in order to assist them in different situations.
iK9 is also training and providing service and grief dogs for the VA, so that the company can do its part in preventing veteran suicides and further its work with easing the effects of PTSD and substance abuse disorder. These canines are bred and trained specifically to
be well behaved and to provide comfort and companionship.
#10 Securing the perimeter
Beyond their work with TSA, iK9 works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in training specialized customs and border dogs for Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and also trains detection dogs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, Georgia.