Paul retired from the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington DC in 2015 after serving 25 years. After working most aspects of the job, Narcotics, Robbery Squad, Auto Theft etc, Paul applied for and was accepted into the K9 unit. During a midnight shift, Paul was almost killed while being dragged down a highway from a stolen police car when 2 K9’s failed to engage the suspect. Paul changed the way he trained to focus specifically on real life deployment instead of basic certification. Paul became the K9 trainer for his department and worked with multiple agencies throughout his career.
Paul wrote and directed the movie
K9 Guardians (2015 Amazon Prime Video).
Paul travels the world and focuses on correcting the most common failure-issues with K9 apprehension in real life deployment. Additionally, shaping the behavior of the dog, adapting immediately to any situation and giving the specific K9, the exposures needed for their success.
Paul’s “Drop the Ego” style of training is a fresh way of understanding how to maximize each K9’s potential. “It’s what you learn after you know it all, that counts” is what he believes. Maximizing each K9’s limit to create that 3 second advantage for the handler, which could be the difference between life or death. His techniques are based on exposure, solidifying the K9's base foundation, and immediate reactionary "Critical Thinking under Chaos" adjustments during deployment .
-JC Leblanc ATK9
The energy and thought that Paul brings into the training and development of dogs is second to none....
A level headed no ego type of guy that is there to do one thing bring the best out of you and your dog which has resulted in operational success...
Invaluable training that will not only challenge the team but will save your life
-Senior Constable Cain SIMS - Queensland Police Dog Squad Australia
Dog training in its essence should push K9s to their limits but requires instructors that can dynamically identify these limits without adversely affecting the PD. This style of training ensures that the dogs are able to “train hard and fight easy operationally” Paul and his team have the ability to read dogs from novice through to experienced and develop training and scenarios to effectively achieve or promote this goal. Paul’s ability as a trainer and communicator are without fault but his one truly unique skill which distinguishes him from others is that he has been there and done it operationally and this level of respect is not easily achieved
-Jason Austin Queensland Police Australia
As a young working dog professional trainer, I'm always trying to make myself better for my teams. both law enforcement/military and civilian protection dogs. Paul and the IrondogK9 Team were at the top of the list of folks I looked up to as far as credibility, and proof behind their successes. I knew I'd work with them one day. I had to. And when the opportunity arose, I was not disappointed. Attending one of their seminars with a personal dog of mine showed me so much potential in my dog through progressive exposure and myself as a trainer on things I could incorporate into my program. I couldn't be more grateful for what the IrondogK9 team taught me and I utilize the knowledge every day to make good dogs great.
-Clover Austin Street Marathon K9 Academy Colorado
The difference between Paul and other trainers is that he can relate to operational handlers. What Paul and his team know isn't read from books or watched on TV. It's real world training and real world scenarios. In the seminar I attended with Paul my abilities and that of my K9 improved to a level I didn't realise was possible within such a short period of time.
-Senior Constable Jim Griffiths Dog Handler - Queensland PD Australia
Paul’s Irondog Seminar challenges your dog team capabilities, makes you think and operate outside the box! He brings real ideas experiences into dynamic training scenarios. His passion and desire to make you the best handler team possible are second to none! He provided me with many skills that have resulted in operational success! Thanks Paul!
-Brett - Sgt - Queensland Dog Squad Australia
I’ve known these guys for a number of years and trained with them a lot.
Paul Ludwig and his gang are just good people, Best in the business.
They have made me a better handler and my K9's better each time I train
-Trooper Jesse Lewis Virginia State Police
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