Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler who worked for the City of Alameda and County of Amador in California and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K9 Assistance Program for two years. This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the USA and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School.
Jeff’s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/ trailing. Jeff writes for K9 Cop Magazine and is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications:
- Red Dog Rising – a K9 Tracking Autobiography
- K9 Trailing: The Straightest Path Book 1– a primer on starting a K9 team on human scent discrimination and trailing work
- K9 Trailing: Tactical Tracker Teams Book 3 – a practical guide to surviving high risk fugitive manhunts
- The Tao of Trailing – Jeff’s fourth and final book on the art of trailing or tracking human scent with a police, search and rescue, or military K9.
All of Jeff’s books can be ordered from the GAK9 Store.
Alis Dobler is a crime analyst for the Zurich City Police. She was employed with the Zurich Police Dept after graduating from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland with a Master degree in Forensic Sciences. She became a K9 trainer in 2008 and has a background in Schutzhund work and general obedience. Alis later became involved with trailing and currently works with her bloodhound Cannelle. Alis is head instructor of the Swiss K-9 Search & Rescue Association deploying trailing dogs in cases of missing persons. She also has her own trailing school, K-9 Manhunters, working with private handlers, SAR handlers and local police departments in the art of Trailing.
Alis is the GAK9 NTC European Training Coordinator for all general courses of instruction for law enforcement and SAR training schools. She is currently Jeff Schettler’s primary apprentice and assists him with schools in both Europe and the USA.