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Coffee With The Critters* with Jenn Hirakawa

Join me on Sunday, April 26th at 9 AM EST for another, live-streamed episode of Coffee With The Critters on The Animal Behavior Center’s Facebook page. In this episode Lara will be joined by professional dog trainer and friend, Jenn Hirakawa of Kawa Farms K-9 Training. Jenn’s professional career focuses on canine search and rescue, but not limited to.

Jennifer brings over 20 years of local, national, and international experience in canine training, canine program management, and canine behavior.

In May of 2012, Jennifer retired from the US Army Military Police Corps after 23 years of service with the rank of Master Sergeant (MSG) in the US Army Military Police. Jennifer’s military career included many postings and positions including over six years as a canine handler/trainer in patrol, narcotics and explosives detection. During Jennifer’s career she deployed multiple times for both short and long deployments (IFOR, SFOR, OEF, and others). She also successfully challenged the German National Dog Trainers Exam.

Jenn is the owner of Kawa Farms K9 Training. In 2012 after her retirement from the US Army, she began training dogs and humans to help them form a better human-canine bond. Jenn has worked with all different breeds and temperaments; she has also worked and trained many disciplines and actively completes behavior consultations. She trains Service Dogs, working odor detection dogs, and dual-purpose canines.

Jenn launched into world of search and rescue in 2015. Jenn is currently working K9 Moose in HRD, and K9 Gracie Bell in Wide Area. She is currently certified and has deployed dogs in wilderness HRD, responding to requests by various law enforcement agencies in and around the state of Iowa and has deployed with the Nebraska State Task Force. She maintains current certifications with AERIE and SARDUS. Jennifer serves as an instructor with K9Senus teaching the human end of the leash and canine behavior in the cadaver dog program. She handles EDD and narcotics k9s for Merrill Detector Dog Services.
Coffee With The Critters™ is a weekly Facebook, live-streaming episode that takes place here on The Animal Behavior Center’s Facebook page every Sunday morning at 9 am Eastern with exception to travel and guests. Each week we discuss topics in the field of the science of behavior and understanding behavior with animals from companion, zoo, wildlife ambassadors, and so much more. Feel free to share this event with those you think might have interest.


April 26, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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