Western K9 Security is proud to have personnel that bring their expertise and experience to our team.
All our K9 handlers undergo at least 1 month of dedicated training before validating with their K9 at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Validation must be maintained each year and our handlers continue to attend weekly trainings to learn more about evolving regulations, sharpen their skills and hone their craft. It is the dedication of our trainers and handlers that ensures the success of our K9 team.
Our Maintenance Training and Standard Operating Procedures are carried out by Gord McGuiness. He has over 34 years of experience as a member of the local Police Department and over 20 years of experience in the dog squad. He is a recognized Master Trainer for police service dogs, having instructed Law Enforcement Agencies and the private sector at service dog training seminars in British Columbia, Washington State, Florida, Nevada and California. He introduced the first single-purpose narcotic detection team in the history of his department and is recognized as a Police Service Dog Expert in Canadian Courts.
Working alongside Gord is our trainer, Eddy MacVeigh. In 2001, Eddy joined one of Western Canada’s largest security contract providers where he was given the opportunity to work and eventually train service dogs in protection and detection across North America. He started handling canine patrol dogs and this work enabled him to further develop his skills, eventually earning him a place in the unit’s canine explosive detection program.
The following years provided Eddy with an abundance of working dog experience, leading many canine teams through JIBC K9 detection and K9 patrol validations. He has provided expertise and leadership to groups in explosive detection, narcotics detection, and canine patrol training. He is customer focused and has helped the team thrive by contributing his values of innovation, and dedication.