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Mission centric K9sforKids helps offset cost of School Protection Dogs

Mark Gomer, owner of American Success Dog Training and School Protection Dogs offered details about the role protection dogs can play in our schools related to protection, gun & drug detection, and proactive deterrence.   K9sforkids, a non-profit organization with a clear mission to protect children, is helping to fund the purchase of police dogs for placement within school systems.

Gomer addressed issues ranging from Sandy Hook to dog allergies in this article.  

Noteworthy was Ken Trump, president of the Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Services who mentioned the therapeutic value of having a dog in the school.

Trump said “the relationships the kids build with the dogs and handlers and the sense of well-being they create will probably be more lasting and life-changing.”

“There is so much these dogs can do, and they’re always coming up with new ideas,” said Ted Dahlin, a Harris County, Texas, constable’s deputy who serves on the K9s4COPs board of directors. “If I were going to pick a school to make trouble, it would be one I knew didn’t have a dog.”





Source: http://news.yahoo.com/advocates-believe-dogs-schools-safer-145016782.html

WXIX-FOX Channel 19 K-9 Security

WXIX-FOX News 19 CBS Cincinnati Ohio reports on K9 Security 

July 18, 2013 Mark

Full Transcript:

Gomer says: Everybody down, everybody down… 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
A K9 is the first of it’s kind in the Tri-State hoping to keep one high school safe from a real life shooting scenario.

Tricia Macke (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Now to a story you’ll see only on fox19 we had lots of feedback from a story we ran last night on the relationship between a k-9 and their handlers in different law enforcement agencies across the Tri-State. Now in an effort to reduce violence in school, a group is on a mission to train the animals to work as full time school police dogs. Fox19’s Brett Hoffland joins us live and Brett one local school is already on board with this tell us more. 

Brett Hoffland (FOX19-WXIX Reporter):
Yeah that’s right Tricia, Oak Hills High School will welcome 8 month old Atticus this year. This is the first dog that will actually work “full time” in any school in Southwest Ohio, so we had a chance to follow Atticus around a figure out what his day-to-day schedule is like as he he’s gonna try and attack, pretty much deter violence in schools. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
It’s been happening far too much, that’s what the owner of American Success Dog Training Mark Gomer says about school shootings. So he’s using mans best friend to help put an end to the violence. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
It’s been proven with the police dogs over the years that going in to visit schools and doing searches and that kind of things that it’s a big deterrent. So why not have a dog there full time that can do this every day.

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer says he’s been training dogs for 20 years and if they can play a part in protecting any child when it comes to school violence, it’s well worth it. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
It’s going to be chaos, everybody is scattering. There’s no way you can stop someone with a gun, but Atticus has been put through that situation hundreds of times, he loves that situation. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer even demonstrated what Atticus is taught to do when an intruder opens fire. —————–DEMONSTRATION ROLLS sound of demonstration in auditorium—————-

 Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer stresses that Atticus is on a leash throughout the duration of the day. The dutch-Shepherd will be handled by a trained school employee and only attacks when instructed. Atticus will also sniff out a variety of drugs and guns in lockers, which he will do all throughout the day. He sits to indicate he’s found something. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
“Find that gun, search, Good Boy!” “Where’s it at ,wheres that gun?” “Is it right there, is it right there?” “Oh that’s a Good Boy! That’s a Good Boy!”

John Stoddard (Principal Oak Hills High School):
I think it’s a win for everyone, the students and the school, their gonna be safer, were gonna make sure that nothing that’s unwanted gets into the school. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
And after a hard days work at the school, Atticus will be bunking with principal John Stoddard. John Stoddard (Principal Oak Hills High School) “it’s very exciting for me, not as exciting for my cats, but I think we’ll work through it. 

Brett Hoffland (FOX19-WXIX Reporter):
Atticus will join the rest of the students and faculty for the first day of school this fall. To check out more of how these dogs are trained to work in schools, we posted a link on our website fox- 19-dot-com. Live outside oak hills high school Brett Hoffland Fox19 balanced news.

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Another great story, thanks very much. American Success Dog Training says they’ve had interest from other local school districts that could welcome a dog into their schools in the next few years. 

WKRC Channel 12 Atticus On Staff

WKRC News 12 CBS Cincinnati Ohio reports on School Protection Dog: Atticus

July 22, 2013

Full Transcript

Mark Gomer ( American Success Dog Training) :
He’s just an all-around perfect dog in my book.

Kit Andrews (WKRC-TV12 Anchor):
He’s about to break new ground by joining the staff of a Tri-State high school.
Good evening, Oak Hills has a new High School member and he’s not even one year old yet.

Oak Hills High School Greene TownshipCurtis (WKRC-TV 12):
Oak Hills is the first school in the region to get what is called a school protection dog. It’s a new class of K9 that is highly trained to sniff out drugs and weapons and goes to work at the school everyday. Local 12’s, Joe Webb joins us now from the newsroom with more on this story.


Joe Webb (WKRC-TV12):
Well Curtis, Atticus, the Dutch Shepard  is a new breed of K9. The American Success Dog Training Academy in Green Township came up with a training regiment coming out of the Sandy Hook tradegy. And you’ll see from the story  he is a lot more than a drug sniffing dog.

Joe Webb (WKRC-TV12 Reporter):
We caught up with Atticus at the Academy this morning. He was doing a little training. Within seconds he sniffed out the box with the drug filled backback. He takes that skill set to Oak Hill High School next month.

Mark Gomer speaks to Channel 12Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
To have a fully trained dog on a police dog level to be part of the faculty at a school and to have that school actually own that dog – to my knowledge that’s has never been done before.



Joe Webb (WKRC-TV12 Reporter):
Atticus showed off his skills at the school for us this afternoon. He will routinely sniff cars in the parking lot and sweep every locker. He easily located the druggy backpack here, too. When he sniffs something suspicious he just sits and waits in place… all for the reward of getting to play with a tennis ball. Principal John Stoddard said he was quickly sold on the idea and thinks the students will love having a dog around at school.

John Stoddard Principal Oak Hills High SchoolJohn Stoddard (Oak Hills High School Principal):
For the kids that don’t love that it will be a pretty good deterrent to keep other things that we don’t want IN the school OUT of the school.



 Joe Webb (WKRC-TV12 Reporter):
Atticus does more than sniff out drugs and guns. In the high school auditorium, Gomer showed how the shepherd will respond to gunfire.

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
If somebody came in there with a gun in a threatening situation he’d take them out in seconds.

Atticus and his tennis ball reward Joe Webb (WKRC-TV12 Reporter):
Atticus will have a crate in the office. He will report to Oak Hills every day, but will make field trips to the district’s middle schools periodically. Building monitors will keep him on a leash as he walks the halls. At night, he will go home with the principal.


 John Stoddard ( Oak Hills High School Principal):
Basically, I’m just Atticus’s ride to work and ride home.

 Atticus is rewarded with a tennis ballJoe Webb (WKRC-TV12 Reporter):
School starts August 21st. Atticus will be on duty the first day of school. He is only 8 months old but has been in training since he was a couple of months old. He has a brother that another school district has expressed an interest in.

 Curtis (WKRC-TV 12):
What a great story.