Trevor began his career training dogs shortly after enlisting in the Marine Corps in 2006. At the Military Police Academy he was among only three selected to attend the Military Working Dog (MWD) Handlers Course out of a class of nearly eighty. Once there, his dedication, professionalism, and pursuit of excellence led to him to be selected to handle a Combat Tracking Dog (CTD), a special type of MWD. After graduation of the MWD course, he attended a specially designed Combat Tracker Dog course instructed by Vohne Liche Kennels, located in Denver, Indiana.
The mission of the Combat Tracker Team is to re-establish contact with the enemy. This included responses to ambushes, IED strikes, as well as to develop intelligence on enemy movements and operations. As a CTD Handler, Trevor was partnered with, what would become his "War Dog" during combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In the entire United States Marine Corps, Trevor was among less then twenty who shared similar capabilities, putting him among the most elite dog handlers in the world. His work on deployment led to the successful disruption of enemy operations and capture of several high value targets.
Soon after leaving the Marine Corps in 2011, Trevor returned to Afghanistan as a working dog trainer contracted by the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. At the height of the war in Afghanistan, he trained and advanced seventy-five dog teams which were protecting America’s diplomatic presence in the country.
After having completed his contractual obligations in 2013, Trevor volunteered to return to Afghanistan in 2014. This time putting his skills to work for the Department of Defense as an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) Trainer. There, he helped to secure a compound that was vital to the counter terror and counter narcotic operations theater wide. After nearly five years of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the opportunity to continue to follow his passion training and handling dogs presented itself stateside.
Trevor went on to become a handler with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. He handled, and trained dogs to mitigate threats of terrorism to the American public, and transportation infrastructure.
In the summer or 2019, Trevor moved on to become a Sergeant at a local area police department near Huntsville, AL where he is the police department's K9 Trainer. Together with the Kennel Master of that same police department, Rocket City K9 was envisioned and launched.
Trevor's experience, dedication, and love for dogs sets him apart as one of the most qualified trainers available in the canine training industry today. Trevor currently has two German Shepard Dogs that he loves and enjoys taking on hikes at state parks, or running on the Indian Creek Greenway.
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Trevor Smith, Master Dog Trainer, Puppy Training Expert, Knows how to train a dog