Welcome to Tarheel Canine Training! We are a full service canine training kennel located in Sanford, North Carolina owned by renowned trainer and author Jerry Bradshaw. Jerry’s experience and progressive training methods have made Tarheel Canine an industry leader in training and service. Jerry is co-founder of the civilian protection sport PSA (www.psak9.org) and the Police K9 Certification organization known as the National Tactical Police Dog Association NTPDA (www.tacticalcanine.com). Jerry is the author of Controlled Aggression, and the forthcoming book, Commonsense Pet Training. Jerry and his trainers have appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and in many regional and National print publications.

Det. Christine Kelliher & “Kirby”

Hi Jerry, It was great seeing you again at the K9 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada this past March. In January of 2006, the Bensalem Township Police Department (PA) approved the purchase of my new drug dog and I met with you to chose my new partner. I saw a lot of great dogs, but one small female sable shepherd really … Continue reading

Montogmery Township, PA adds two new K9s


I attended Tarheel Canine at 50 years old looking to make a career change after owning a construction company for 18 years. I am not, and never was a police officer or K9 handler; I had very little experience handling working dogs up until that point.  I have to say that I am very pleased with my experiences at Tarheel, … Continue reading

Jim Tortorella – (Instructor School Student) – Illinois