PSA IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA, and I want you to be a part of it.

PSA IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA, and I want you to be a part of it.


We are hosting a seminar and training package in an attempt to kick start this game in Australia.
I’ll let you know right from the get go, this is not being run for profit. Once we cover costs, any money left over will be held by PSA HQ in America and used to conduct trials and training for any and every PSA club in Australia.

We are hosting a seminar and training package in an attempt to kick start this game in Australia.

I’ll let you know right from the get go, this is not being run for profit. Once we cover costs, any money left over will be held by PSA HQ in America and used to conduct trials and training for any and every PSA club in Australia. I’m happy to provide a ledger to anyone that asks when the event is over.

Please read all the way through to understand why we want this game to succeed so much.

What we have planned

What: PSA Handlers Seminar presented by Janet and Shawn Edwards –

When: 17-18 June 2017

Where: Pet Resorts Australia Dural

How Much: $150

Two greats of the game (their profiles are below) will deliver a detailed explanation of what the sport is, how it is conducted and how best to train to compete and succeed. This event is open to everyone and anyone. No history or experience in working dogs required. All attendees are welcome to bring a dog with them, we cant guarantee all dogs will be worked, but having the maximum available and at various levels in training will create the best opportunities possible for demonstrations.

Because of the large volume of dogs that we expect at this event, all dogs attending will need to be booked into and assigned a kennel at the host facility Pet Resorts Australia – Dural. A special boarding day rate of $25 has been organised. This is to ensure dogs and people can be kept safe during the event. Call PRA on 02 9651 1747 to book in.

To book your spot click the “Register your spot” button below!

Want to attend this seminar?

What: Decoy Training and Certification

When: 19-20 June 2017

Where: Pet Resorts Australia Dural

How Much: $200

This will be two days of training with Shawn for anyone game enough to suit up and take bites. From experienced to novices this training will focus on safely developing a grip and catching a dog as per the rules of PSA. There are only 10 spots available.

There’s a few prerequisites to attend.

  1. Must be a member of PSA (you can join on the day, this is for insurance purposes)
  2. Must bring a suitable and serviceable bite suit.
  3. Must bring at least one dog that can safely target a bite suit. If you don’t own or can’t handle a dog then, you can source a dog and handler to attend and assist in the training. There must be at least as many dogs as decoys in attendance.

To book a spot please contact pat via email or Facebook. You will need to send video of the dog you intend to bring, detail as to whether its your dog or will be bringing another handler.

You will be required to give a description of your level of experience as a decoy as well as any video you have.

From there the training will be tailored to suit the audience. Those deemed suitable will be invited to attempt certification in the afternoon of the second day.

Why PSA?

PSA is the fastest growing ring sport in the world. Originating in the US there are clubs and competitors in the UK, South Africa, India, Canada and now Australia. I am super excited to get it going here and I think you should be too. There are 4 levels to attempt, the progression is from achievable to the insanely difficult.

There is videos of the obedience and bitework from every level here

The obedience if functional, not stylised. The bitework is impressive and realistic.

If you are a trainer

PSA provides an objective and common standard for us all to work to. The rules are written, the association is formed, even the scenarios have a detailed training guide. It’s probably the most accessible ring sport in the world. You can use any dog, you can use any commands and you can target anywhere on a bite suit. The key factor to competing in any ring sport is the team mentality. It takes a village to title a dog and that community spirit is strong in PSA. Clubs train together but compete on the field. Lets all lift the standard of training and develop friendships and cohesion along the way.

If you are a Breeder

Here is your chance to put your money were where your mouth is. Sell or place your dogs with trainers who will compete or train them yourself and have a crack. Put titles after your dogs name that actually mean something people can understand. Its common in Australia to hear people refer to a specific Stud dog and say their puppies are from that dogs program, without ever actually knowing what’s involved in achieving a title in that program. Where the points are earned and lost, the exercises and their nuances and what that means to the end owner of the dog. Here is an opportunity to learn the inns and outs of a program, learn why each exercise is conducted and what it is designed to be a test of. Through this sport you can put your dogs on show and prove their strength in a sport specifically designed to test it.

If you are Police or Military

PSA can and should act as a feeder program for working dog units all over the country. Buy a PSA 1 dog and you know you are getting a dog who has obedience under distraction, is neutral to gunfire, has passed a courage test and bitten in a hidden sleeve civil scenario. Here is an opportunity to close the perceived gap between sport and street work. Who better to learn that from than a husband and wife team whose family dog can dog both!

Got Excuses? Don’t worry I’ve got rebuttals!

I don’t know anything about biting sports

Cool. Come and learn. Bite sports are fun and social. There is a heavy emphasis on obedience and control, it’s not just a bunch of dangerous dogs going crazy.

I already do IPO

Rad, the PDC (first test in PSA) can be done on a sleeve and the helper will use a padded stick with no hitting. Sound familiar? Multi Title your dog.

I already do Mondio

Sweet to the beat. You shouldn’t encounter any cross over problems in PSA until the level 2 and even then it will be in the defence of the master, where a change in side of heeling in the Mondio for that exercise will solve the problem.. Looks like more Multi titled dogs to me!

My dogs don’t have FCI pedigrees

Perfect, no one cares. You can turn up with a 3 legged 1 eyed no tail mongrel. If it can do the work than its welcome to compete, score and win.

The dogs I breed are too civil for sport

Well, I call bullshit. Sounds more like you don’t want to see your nervy dog get chased back to its car in the courage test.

KNPV is the only sport I’m interested in, my dogs are KNPV lines.

Sure they are, but the KNPV is run by the ministry of justice and unless you plan on flying with your dog to Holland, then it aint going to happen dude.

I work the streets with my dog, so I cant do any sport

There are numerous competitors in the US and Canada that use service dogs on the trial field. That’s right, cops who compete in this very sport with the dog they spend all day chewing up crooks and finding narcotics.

Our Instructors

Janet Dooley Edwards has been a certified Master Trainer from Tarheel Canine Training, Inc since 2001. Her training has included obedience, SAR and Police K9s. She has trained 100+ dog teams to work streets for local, state and federal agencies through the United States. Janet has instructed several seminars covering all aspects of training for PSA, law enforcement and the US Military. She has been an evaluator for the National Tactical Police Dog Association.

Janet's PSA career began in 2007 with Zuko. During their career together they accomplished earning their PSA 3 title, received numerous High Obedience, High Protection and High In Trial awards. In 2016 Zuko was inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame. Janet and Zuko also had a new award named after them, the Mount Everest Award, for being the only team in the history of the sport to win Nationals at every level.

In 2013 Janet began competing with Zuko’s son, Danny. They earned their PSA 1 with honors and winning the High in Trial award. He was the 2013 National runner-up, winning High Protection and was voted National’s Top Dog by the decoys. Danny has earned his PSA 2, passed with honors and was the 2015 East Coast Regional Champion. They will be showing in the level 3s this competition season.

Janet has been a PSA judge since 2013 and has been the East Coast Director since 2014.

Shawn Edwards became a competing member and trial decoy in PSA K9 in 2003. He is a four time PSA K9 National Select Decoy and became a trial Judge in 2015. He offers over 20 years of experience in the working dog field. He began in 1994 as US Air Force K9 Security Policeman. It was then he realized his passion for working dogs, especially in the area of decoying. Since then Shawn has gained a wealth of knowledge through numerous schools, seminars and training sessions. He is a graduate of the following schools:

  • US Air Force Protection K9 School
  • US Air Force Detection K9 School
  • Baltimore Police Department Police K9 School
  • Tarheel Canine’s Police K9 Instructor School
  • Maryland Police Training Commission Instructor School

Shawn has a great deal of experience as an instructor. In addition to being the Baltimore Police K9 Unit Commanding Officer and Head Trainer he has been an instructor at numerous Police K9 and PSA K9 seminars across the US and as far as Sao Paulo, Brazil and NSW, Australia.


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