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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers & Special Events


Keynote Speaker & Welcome Banquet

Simon Prins
Speaker, Author, Innovator, Animal Trainer & Behaviorist
Simon Prins ACT!

  • Date: Friday, April 24, 2020

Prins Simon, 2020 Working Dog ConferenceSimon Prins is known for introducing operant conditioning to the Police K9 training world. For the last 25 years, he has skillfully trained and purposed dogs for special operation missions and has mastered the art of using robotics and sensors with dogs to perform such tasks successfully. Simon has titled and trained countless dogs and trainers from special units across the globe and firmly believes that science can significantly improve our work with animals. Simon Prins is a speaker, author, innovator, animal trainer and behaviorist, and is currently working with the Netherlands Police Agency.

Simon's interest in canine work peaked when he was on a hunting trip with dogs in1989. He was impressed with their abilities and started looking into opportunities to
work with dogs. Not soon after, he joined the police force and became one of the youngest patrol dog handlers. In 1996, he was asked to set up a special K9 project incorporating the use of radio guided camera dogs. In the years that followed, he implemented programs such as hard surface tracking, laser guided attack dogs, and various levels of detection to name a few. 

In 2002, Simon created the Urban Search and Rescue Unit selecting and training 16 dogs and handlers to work alongside him in search and rescue operations. In 2006, he started to incorporate the use of electronics with dogs even more, outfitting them with sensors and training them to carry small robots into operations. 

In the years since, Simon has written countless training protocols and has developed a number of innovative training apparatus. He believes that following protocols, collecting data and educating trainers has been the key to his success, as well as replacing traditional punishment training methods with operant conditioning techniques. Simon travels the worlds extensively teaching working dog trainers how to do the same. 

Special Events

Pre-conference Training Workshops

  • Date: Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Working and Audit spots available for attendees wanting more hands on training experience. 

Jerry Bradshaw, Training Director, Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. 
Applications of Defense Table Work: Drive Capping, Targeting, Impulse Control, and Fixing Outs

Simon Prins, Owner & Trainer, ACT!
Detection: The Next Level

Networking Social

  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All conference attendees are invited to a cocktail reception with heavy appetizers in the exhibitor hall. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with fellow attendees. 

Working Dog Center Demos & Dinner

  • Date: Sunday, April 26, 2019
  • Time: 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Here's your chance to see inside the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Sunday afternoon offers a relaxed environment featuring new technologies, hands on learning, and additional educational opportunities for conference attendees. Dinner and cocktails will be provided. Transportation to and from the hotel is available. Book your shuttle pass when you register.

Highlights from the Field

  • Date: Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Each Highlights from the Field session includes 10 minute presentations features abstract presentations on the latest research and lessons learned from those out in the field.

K9 Demo Ring

  • Date: During exhibitor hours 

See demonstrations of working dogs in action! Representatives from many different disciplines will be showing the latest in training.