Your Working Dog Radio hosts, Eric @vanessk9 & Ted @ted_summers, sit down with retired Combat Veteran of the US Air Force, founder and consultant at Olive Branch K9, LLC @olivebranchK9 and co-owner of Old Republic of Canine Apparel Company, Antonio Rodriguez. Rodriguez also serves as a Special Operations Canine Training Advisor for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Rodriguez completed his career in the Air Force as a Military Working Dog (MWD) Program Manager for 12 military units. Some of his highlights while on active duty include DoD MWD trainer, kennel master, unit trainer, pre-deployment canine team instructor, and special tactics member/instructor.
After retiring in 2013, Rodriguez was employed by various private security firms supporting U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. State Department domestic and international security contracts. During this period, he was assigned to the following positions: High-Threat Protection Security Specialist, ERT member, Canine Handler, Kennel Master, and Training Director.
Following his time in the private contracting world, Rodriguez was employed by the DHS National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. During this time, he served as unit Canine Trainer and Supervisor of Canine Operations for 11 TSA Passenger Screening Canine teams located at the Denver Airport.
In 2018, Rodriguez left federal service to pursue other opportunities within the canine industry. For the past 25+ years, he has been instructing Law Enforcement, Military, Spectuial Operations personnel, and Private Military Contractors in the application of canine assets within the global security domain.
There are definitely nuggets of wisdom in this episode you won’t want to miss! So sit down, listen up, and learn a thing or two!
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