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R.S. (Bob) Eden has been training police dogs for over 40 years and is a retired police veteran, having served 28 years with the Delta Police Department in British Columbia. In 1982, he submitted the initial proposal to start a K9 unit to Inspector Gale Parker, who subsequently received approval from city council to initiate a four-dog program with an annual budget of $13,500. During his tenure, he served 16 years as a dog handler and was the department-assigned agency K9 trainer.
In 1991, he created the International Police K9 Conference, a hands-on training program for law enforcement K9 teams throughout North America, ultimately working with over 3500 K9 teams over the course of its 20-year tenure. Also, in 1991 he created the K9 Activity Tracking System (KATS), the first electronics management system designed to protect agencies and officers from K9-related liability.
In 2003, he was contracted to coordinate the redevelopment and retraining of the Phoenix police K9 unit and, in 2005, traveled to Brazil on contract to establish and train the country’s first explosives dog program in preparation for the 2007 Pan American Games. Eden has testified as an expert witness on police K9 cases in both Canada and the United States. Most recently, he has worked as a consultant to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada, in developing explosives detection dog requirements for Canadian embassies. He is the author of three books, Dog Training for Law Enforcement, K9 Officer’s Manual, and most recently, K9 Supervisors Manual – Dynamics in Developing and Managing Police K9 Units. He is the president of Eden K9 Consulting & Training Corporation, and resides with his wife Natasha in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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