About AK9

Our Team

Pack Leaders

We love your dogs when you can't!
Our entire team is made up of dog lovers. We takes great pride in our work and are extremely passionate about the level of service and care we provide to your love one while they enjoy a great experience at American K-9.

Michael J Brown

Owner / Certified Dog Trainer

My passion for dogs began when I was about ten years old, caring for the neighborhood strays in Birmingham, Alabama where I lived with my family. Since I was an infant my family always owned German Shepherds. When I was eight years old my father died in an auto accident. My brother and sister were both significantly older than I was so it was only natural that I gravitated towards the strays in our neighborhood. They didn’t have anyone caring for them and I needed playmates. I formed my own pack. Neighbors called me “The Dog Boy of Tarrant City.” My mom always said, “If I needed to find Michael I would just look for the pack of dogs around the area and then would know he was close by.” I understood dogs and loved being around them. At that time I trained all of my own dogs up to the point of advanced obedience and was always complimented on how well-behaved my dogs were. Through my young adult years my interest grew stronger and I took classes to become certified as a dog handler. I’ve met and received instruction from many “trainers” and I have to say I’ve seen some very bad teaching techniques. After entering the police force I saw the opportunity to further my passion for and knowledge of dogs by becoming a part of the K-9 unit where I excelled, became a handler, and then lead trainer for Delaware City, Delaware police department's K-9 unit. I became the North American Police Work Dog Association K-9 coordinator for the State of Delaware; I graduated from K-9 seminars from Maryland State N.A.W.P.D.A., Virginia Police Work Dog Assn., and Pennsylvania Police Work Dog Assn. I also became certified as a K-9 behaviorist and certified K-9 Decoy. Later, I realized the need in the community for a dog trainer after repeated requests from people when giving K-9 demonstrations at local events. I was contacted by a local veterinary hospital and was asked to offer my services as a civilian dog trainer instructing basic obedience, advanced obedience, and agility training. I’ve been teaching civilians since 2000.

Below is a list of some of my accomplishments:

  • IACP Certified dog trainer (2010)
  • Professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
  • AKC K-9 Good Citizens Evaluator
  • Two time Nationally Certified handler with North American Police Work Dog Association
  • Retired Police Sgt. And K-9 Handler/Trainer with Delaware City Police Dept.
  • Former K-9 coordinator for N.A.P.W.D.A. State of Delaware
  • Certified K-9 Decoy and Behaviorist N.A.P.W.D.A.
  • Assisted in the training of police K-9 units from the entire Northeast seaboard
  • Finisher in 3 K-9 Triathlon (Pennsylvania and Virginia) Best finish 11th in 2002 in Pa.
  • Certified scent detection dog (400 hrs) Certified utility dog (560 hrs)
  • Hosted and completed numerous training seminars in the use and deployment of police K-9 patrol dogs, K-9 behavior, aggression, scent detection, tracking, building searches, terrain searches, article searches, obedience, and tactics.