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Ventosa Kennel


Ventosa Kennel's training programs are centered on the experience of  our founder Tracy Bowling who had for over 35 years provided canine training services for the military, law enforcement as well as private industry and owners. Some of those varied experiences are as follows:

  • Trained and utilized Patrol K9, Narcotics K9, and Tracking K9 teams for Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Developed Explosive and Tunnel Detection Canine Training Program for US Department of Defense for use by US Military. Trained the initial 12 Explosive Detection and Tunnel Detection dogs deployed in the Viet Nam war.
  • Trained and sold the first Narcotics Detection K9 in NC. in 1971. Purchased jointly by the Dare County Sheriff's Dept. and US Coast Guard.
  • Four years street experience as fulltime law enforcement officer/K9 Handler.
  • Provided contract Bloodhound tracking services to the FBI, US Army CID, US Marshals Service, NC State Bureau of Investigation, NC Department of Corrections, NC Highway Patrol, and numerous local law enforcement agencies resulting in over 400 apprehensions and rescues.
  • K9 Training Director for Wake County Sheriff's Department K9 Program consisting of 10 K9 teams.
  • K9 Training Director for North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement K9 Program consisting of 10 K9 teams.
  • Developed airborne deployment procedures in conjunction with NC Highway Patrol for rapid deployment of tracking dogs.
  • A licensed pilot in both airplanes and helicopters, has designed and tested numerous restraint devices for airborne transportation of dogs.
  • Developed in conjunction with the NC State Bureau of Investigation Lab an evidence identification chemical for canine detection.
  • Accepted by NC Courts as expert witness in law enforcement canine training.
  • Trained and qualified in court the first non-Bloodhound tracking dog to provide evidence in a NC Court in 1970 (State v. Bines). This case set precedent in NC whereas any breed of dog, properly trained, could provide evidence in a court of law. Subsequently, NC and other states allowed other breeds to provide evidence in cases involving tracking dogs.
  • Founding member of the North American Working Dog Association.
  • Staff trainer for Police K9 Magazine.
  • Leased security dogs to over 125 business and industrial sites throughout the eastern US for area security.
  • Opened the first professional service dog training facility in NC in 1971.
  • Trained hundreds of private owners and dogs through weekly group obedience classes, private instruction, and boarding and training.
  • Trained dogs with Capt. Art Haggerty, largest supplier of trained dogs for TV productions, commercials, and stage plays in New York City.
  • Investigator for the National Dog Bite Fatality Commission. Investigated cases of human deaths attributed to canine attacks.