October 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am – October 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Joshua Stenseth & Mike Drees


October 16, 2017 – 20, 2017

(16-19 working days) (20th will be an early lunch, debrief, certs handed out etc.)


Rochester, Minnesota

Venues Include:

This list is tentative and subject to change:

  • K-9 training grounds
  • Fairgrounds with multiple buildings.
  • Driving track with large parking lot
  • Boy scout camp which includes large grassy areas, woods and buildings
  • Gravel pit
  • Open fields with green space
  • Meeting space

Training Topics:

This list is tentative and subject to change:

  • The development of a young police dog |  Instructed by Lazaro Cabrera & Jason Brodt.
  • Tracking |  Instructed by Canadian Police.
  • Environmental apprehension scenarios |  Instructed by Brady Harrison, Matt Yunker & Josh Stenseth.
  • K-9 tactical movements with a cover officer |  Instructed by Rob Vetch, Sgt. Pat Murphy, and Ty Jacobson.
  • Narcotic / Explosive detection and problem solving |  Instructed by Melinda Ruopp, Ben Shaffer & Neil Thronsen.
  • K-9 unit supervision |  Instructed by Sgt. John Linssen.


This list of trainers and is subject to change:

  • Lazaro Cabrera – Police Service Dogs
  • Jason Brodt – St. Paul Police Head Trainer
  • Brady Harrison – St. Paul Police
  • Rob Vetch – St. Paul Police
  • Matt Yunker – St. Paul Police
  • Josh Stenseth – St. Croix County Sheriff
  • Melinda Ruopp – Marshalltown Police
  • Neil Throndsen – Mall of America

Host Hotel: 

Kahler Apache

1517 16th Street SW

Rochester, MN 55902

Samantha Howe (507) 285-2748


**Hotel Reservations must be made online via the link above to receive discounted rate

  • 50 rooms blocked for October 16th -20th.
  • 84.00 single 89.00 for double occupancy rooms.
  • No pet fee for working dogs.
  • Will have designated empty area for dogs on site.
  • Indoor waterpark, arcade, hot tub.
  • Fitness center
  • Daily hot breakfast.
  • Check in at 1600 check out at 1100.

Registration Fee: 

$350.00 per K-9 Team

(Includes food at the banquet and training certification)

Registration Deadline: 

October 9, 2017

Handlers must be current USPCA Members

Payment Information:

Payments must be submitted online via Paypal. If you are unable to complete payment via Paypal, please contact the Region 18 Secretary, Mike Perron for assistance at mperron@bloomingtonmn.gov