Canine Troubleshooting and Problem Solving

Join Joe Nick for his 2 day canine seminar. This seminar provides the opportunity for every level of experience to gain knowledge and increase your canine handling skills. All levels of training, certification or discipline welcome. This seminar will take place on June 9-10, immediately before the main MRA Conference. One canine per handler and there will be a maximum of 30 canine teams.


Cost:$190 – 2 days
   lunch included


  • Day 1 (June 9): Classroom
    • 1.5 hours: Advanced Scent Detection-Neurological foundations of Olfactions: The Brain Systems
    • 4 Hours: Increase your knowledge and skills while learning to correct any problems experienced at trainings and in the field.
  • Day 2 (June 10): Field Training/Practical Application
    • 6 hours: Apply your knowledge and skills in the field while working your dog. Learn to recognize issues and apply practical problem solving techniques.

Instructor: Joe Nick

Joe Nick began his lifelong passion for the canine profession at an early age. Then continued his obsession with working canines by serving in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, where he attended the Airborne Academy school specializing in Amphibious Warfare Training, Incident Command Training, and Leadership Master Training. After his Military Service, Joe went on to continue to serve his country, where he served as a Police Officer and Correction Law Enforcement Officer for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. As the Chief Canine Instructor for Tactical Operations, Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Lab Awareness instructor for 24 years before retiring in 2010.

During Joe’s tenure, he was instrumental in developing the State of New Jersey Canine Detection Cell Phone program, training canines to detect cell phones in correctional facilities. He also served on the New Jersey Attorney General’s advisory panel to develop and institute the state plan for Law Enforcement Canine Teams (LECT). He assisted in the conception of the first New Jersey State Police Canine Tracking School. Joe was involved in discovering Megan Kanka, which is now named (Megan’s Law) and has received numerous Commendations, Awards, and Letters for his service.

Joe also has been credited for over 300+ cases involving missing persons, suicide, murder, escapes, and evidence recovery at crime scenes. He has extensive experience conducting street operations supporting Municipal, State, and Federal Law Enforcement agencies.

With over 38 years and thousands of countless hours combined between the Military, Police, Corrections, and Civilian training and canine working dog’s instruction, Joe continues his love and passion by serving as a subject matter expert and the Executive Director of the John “Sonny” Burke Police K-9 Academy in Atlantic County, New Jersey. He continues to work with numerous Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement agencies to establish procedures and guidelines to regulate the deployment use of Police K-9 Units, K-9 handler performance, official police duty, and Police personnel within the K-9 field.

Joe Nick is also speaking at the Main Conference on June 11. Register for the for pre-conference and the Main Conference!

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