Josh has been a police officer since 2003 and during that time has held positions as a field training officer, firearms instructor, active shooter instructor, academy instructor, K-9 handler, and K-9 instructor. Josh’s dogs won numerous awards, both in police canine competitions, and on the street making high risk felony apprehensions and seizing thousands of pounds of narcotics and drug money. Josh’s first police dog won the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) “Top Dog” overall in the first two years he competed, before Josh became a USPCA judge. Josh has trained and certified hundreds of police K-9 teams and is still active in the police K-9 community.
In the civilian world, Josh competes in Protection Sports Association (PSA) and is a certified trial decoy. Josh has trained his current sport dog to the level of PSA1 and has won numerous awards at trial with her. Josh has twice been selected as a national select decoy and has traveled all over the U.S. and internationally to decoy and train dogs. Josh is currently the secretary of decoys for PSA and maintains decoy evaluations and certifications of over 100 decoys worldwide.
Josh is the founder and owner of Kirby K9 which started as a custom leash and collar company for police and working dogs, and has expanded to include selective training for obedience and protection dogs.
Josh is passionate about training dogs, particularly in protection work and believes it is the responsibility of great trainers and decoys to bring out the best in each dog they work with.