Steve White – ProActive K9

Although he was raised with dogs, Steve White’s love of working dogs began in 1975 when his obedience instructor introduced him to the world of K9 Search and Rescue. Steve was hooked and soon joined the US Army as a Military Police working dog handler, since then most of Steve’s law enforcement career has been devoted K-9. He is the only person to have served as a handler, trainer, and supervisor for the Seattle Police Canine Unit, the only canine unit to have its methods upheld by the courts in a major class-action suit brought by the ACLU.

Accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police Canine Association, Steve is also a past Executive Board Member of that body. He served as Vice President of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, (now called the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) and has been an instructor for the K9 Academy for Law Enforcement. Steve has instructed at seminars in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. He was a founding instructor at Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpo. He has taught obedience classes at parks, community centres, kennels, and the facility he and his wife Jennifer operate, Rivendale Learning Centre in Woodinville, Washington.

His articles have appeared in police K-9 and dog training publications in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, and New Zealand. He specialises in teaching behaviour modification, urban tracking, and scentwork through the use of positive reinforcement based operant conditioning. He provides consultation and training to K-9 units on administrative and legal issues, and has been recognised as an expert witness by Washington and Federal courts in Police K-9 and dog behaviour matters.