Meet Our Trainers

Marty Munger

Master Trainer

Mathias “Marty” Munger spent 34 years in law enforcement (Airforce 1983-1992, and Marquette, MI PD 1992-2017). He began working with hunting dogs in 1985, and continues to do so today. In 2004, he was selected to establish the first K9 program for the City of Marquette – a program, still going strong, nearly 20 years later. Over the course of his career with Marquette Police Department Marty handled three law enforcement K9s (K9 Nero, K9 Frodo, and K9 Nitro)

In 2007, he joined the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH), quickly building a rapport with numerous other K9 teams, and expanding his knowledge of the K9 world and professional dog-handling. A year after joining the organization he officially became a recognized trainer. In 2012, he achieved Master Trainer status with NAPCH, a position which he maintains today.

In 2012, Marty and his partner, K9 Nero, received the Silver Tag Award from the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. In 2013, he received the Police Officer of the Year Award for numerous successful explosives indications, as well as narcotics and firearms indications and convictions.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Marty Munger on multiple occasions. He is a master trainer who is patient and will work endlessly to ensure the success of a dog and its’ master.”

– Ofc. Angela Carlson, Bloomfield Twp Police Department

“Marty Munger is an accomplished K9 handler, K9 trainer & teacher. He is one of the best people I know. Marty has had an exemplary career in law enforcement to include training & handling two police K9s, as well as assisting several other agencies with the selection and training of K9s. Marty’s knowledge about dogs is second to none. He adapts his training techniques to obtain the most productive outcome for each dog he trains. Training K9s is only half of the picture when it comes to Marty. He is a great teacher of people as well. Marty connects well with people and delivers information and instruction in a way that is easily understood. I have the utmost respect for Marty’s K9 training abilities, but most of all for him as a person.”

– Ofc. Michael Raby, Southfield Police Department, N.A.P.C.H. Master Trainer

Dave Johnson

President / Trainer

After serving as an Army Sergeant from 1993-1998, Dave Johnson began a career in law enforcement. As an officer with the Hannahville, MI Police Department, from 1998-2001, he was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1999, and Officer of the Year in 2000. In 1999, he became a K9 handler, partnered with K9 Orax. In 2001, Dave transitioned to the Escanaba, MI Police Department, where he concluded his career in Law Enforcement in 2014. During his time with Escanaba PD, Dave worked as a handler with K9 Dag.

After leaving the world of law enforcement, Dave began working as a bird dog trainer, specializing in Upland Game and Waterfowl. His work with birding dogs would lead to broad-spectrum civilian dog training, and establishing a full-service kennel and training center.

In 2015, Dave was recognized by Fox TV6’s “UPside” program for his work with the Delta Animal Shelter. From 2018-2019, he worked with a local program, know as “Dawgz Adapt,” pairing foster dogs with inmates at the county prison, providing rehabilitation services and placing trained, adoptable dogs with families. In 2020, he was awarded Humanitarian of the Year, for his work with the Delta Animal Shelter. Over the course of 2020, Dave assisted Michigan State Police and Delta Animal Shelter in shutting down a local puppy mill, rehabilitating numerous rescues, and placing over 250 dogs with forever families.

“Dave has absolutely found his calling. It’s instantly visible how much he cares about, not only the dogs he’s training, but the success of the team as a whole.”

– OFC. Ryan Peterson, Gladstone Public Safety.

“What I can say about Dave is he holds himself true to his integrity. From the day I met him until our graduation and after, Dave held true to his word that we would become an unbreakable team. Even through the training is very rigorous, Dave makes it fun and rewarding, with corrections that are constructive, empowering, and encouraging. I gained a friend for life – a good friend.”

DEP. Perry King, Alger County Sheriff’s Office

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