Former St. Louis County Police Officer with experience in Undercover narcotic investigations and Tactical Operations. Scott has 20 plus years of experience training and handling dogs. Read More
Scott V. Tarpley
Former St. Louis County Police Officer with experience in Undercover narcotic investigations and Tactical Operations. Scott has 20 plus years of experience training and handling dogs. Scott attended the Tom Rose School for weekend lessons around 1987. Scott returned to the school for their Professional Trainers Class in 2007 and was “First in Class” to graduate. Scott is also a former Green Beret with experience training troops from El Salvador, Honduras, Coasta Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Scott’s specialties are e collar work, tracking and detection. Scott also runs our handler courses and serves and Torchlight’s training director.
Ted has been involved in working K9’s for over a decade in various forms from retrievers, to hunting terriers, to protection and police service dogs. Read More
Ted has been involved in working K9’s for over a decade in various forms from retrievers, to hunting terriers, to protection and police service dogs. His specialties are grip work and development, patrol and utility work, proper decoy work, detection training, and K9 policy and procedure. Ted acts as the training director for our PSA club and is a certified senior level decoy. Ted teaches our decoy and handler schools and our SWAT/SORT integration seminars as well as our decoy camp for police service trainers and handlers and does numerous camps for military special operations. Ted is also one of the co-hosts on Working Dog Radio. Ted is also a co-owner and instructor for High Risk Deployment K9.
Also known as the Muzzle Mavin. Alesha runs Torchlight K9’s social media presence. Chances are if you’re interacting with us on social media it’s probably her you’re talking to. Read More
Also known as the Muzzle Mavin. Alesha runs Torchlight K9’s social media presence. Chances are if you’re interacting with us on social media it’s probably her you’re talking to. She does more than paint. She’s also an accomplished trainer in her own right. Her personal dog, Static, is a human remains dog and the male model for Working Dog Dry Goods. She’s also attended several seminars and decoy camps and schools and is no stranger to a suit. She’s also our head “heckler in charge” during decoy schools. Alesha is also the producer for Working Dog Radio.
Sean is graduate of The Tom Rose School. Sean’s specialty is obedience, detection, apprehension work, and decoy skills. Read More
Sean is graduate of The Tom Rose School. Sean’s specialty is obedience, detection, apprehension work, and decoy skills. Prior to the working dog world Sean was attached to JSOC as an NCO and Psychological Operations Specialist. Sean also is an instructor and decoy for High Risk Police K9.
Josh is our intern. He’s a student at NEO and a nationally ranked calf roper when he’s not in the suit. Read More
Josh is our intern. He’s a student at NEO and a nationally ranked calf roper when he’s not in the suit.
The difference between Torchlight K9 and other vendors? We are trainers first and foremost. We are not flippers or brokers. We understand the selection process and the desired traits needed to make a successful patrol or detection dog. We import our dogs or buy first line breeding’s of imported dogs from proven breeders. Our procurement and breeding program is requisite with any selection and breeding process you would find in Northern Europe. You will find the best working lines in each and every one of our trained and green dog. A department’s multi-year commitment to a canine unit costs tens-of-thousands of dollars in training and compliance. We understand the need to maximize and exhaust every resource the unit is allocated. To that end, we ensure the dogs will have clear and sound work-ability for its working life. Our health guarantee is unmatched in the industry and is one of the most comprehensive.
We strive to produce the best domestically bred green dogs in the Southern United States. We guarantee performance, temperament and health. We demand or acquire x-rays of hips, elbows and spine on every dog we import and pass those along to the agency during training. We have inventory ranging from young green dogs all the way to finished titled and certified dogs ready to re-certify after a short bonding period with the handler. No matter what your agency’s time frame or goal is, we have a dog to fill it.
We are more than a green dog vendor. We are a full-time training facility, with full-time trainers on staff. Additionally, our commitment to training is unmatched. Handlers and departments will have access to Torchlight K9 trainers to solve common in-field handling and training issues. We do not feel that a certified dog is “done.” Court rulings have dictated that handling and training is a lifetime endeavor for the team. The department will receive support maintenance training and consulting, for the team, during the charged duration; whether it be in person, text, email, or phone or all the above… free of charge. Dual purpose, narcotics, explosives, apprehension, extraction, search & rescue, human remains, bed bug, correctional contraband and customs are all within the scope and reach of our training. Lastly, we are up-to-date on case law and current training and decoy methods used to build a tailor made team for any department or facility. Because we are trainers we can build you the team you need, and request, within your agency’s policies and best practices.
Torchlight K9 is registered with the GAO and has SAM and DUNS numbers avilable on request. We are listed under NAICS codes: 115210 Support activities for animal production; 561612 Security Guards and Patrol Services; 611699 All other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; 812910 Pet Care (except veterinary) Services; 922190 Other Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities. We can be found under PSC codes:
U008 Education/Training – Training Curriculum Development; H288 Equipment and Materials Testing – Live Animals; S206 Housekeeping – Guard; W088 Lease or Rental Equipment – Live Animals; L088 Technical Representative – Live Animals; 8820 Live Animals, Not Raised for Food; H988 Other Quality Control, Testing, and Inspection 0- Live Animals; U009 Educations/Training – General; R499 Support – Professional: Other; H188 Quality Control – Live Animals; R416 Support – Professional: Veterinary/Animal Care. We are registered with the ATF and DEA as a training facility for detection and training for narcotics and explosives.
Torchlight K9 offeres the following courses and accredited training hours through The Council on Law Enforcement and Education and Traning in Oklahoma:
Advanced Decoy and Stress Inoculation 17-0289
Basic Canine Single Purpose Handler Course (Drug Detection) 17-0285
Basic Canine Single Purpose Handler Course (Drug Detection) 17-0286
Canine Maintenance Days (1) 17-0280
Canine Maintenance Days (2) 17-0281
Canine Maintenance Days (3) 17-0282
Decoy Intro 17-0291
Decoy Seminar 17-0290
Police Canine Explosive Detection 17-0293
Police Canine Explosive Detection and Patrol 17-0294
Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0292
Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0287
Police Canine Narcotic Detection and Patrol Handler Course 17-0288
Travis began competing in dog sports in 2013 after purchasing a Belgian Malinois; Ralph, and a second roughly a year later, named Barrett of the same breed. Read More
Travis began competing in dog sports in 2013 after purchasing a Belgian Malinois; Ralph, and a second roughly a year later, named Barrett of the same breed. He was stationed in Alaska as an Infantryman and joined the Alaska Schutzhund Club that expanded his knowledge under the mentorship of the club’s training director and members until 2017. After being medically discharged from the Army in the fall of 2017, he pursued becoming a dog trainer and handler with First Line K9 and certified as a detection handler. Travis has trained with Search and Rescue teams across Alaska working problems from avalanche rescue, to swift water and urban finds, while handling a female German Shepherd Cadaver Dog, named Thora. Travis worked closely with Arctic German Shepherd Rescue for many years, helping to keep dogs that were surrendered, from being returned again due to poor behavior. He started his own dog training business in 2018 that focused on behavior modification for aggression and off leash obedience. Travis volunteered his spare time with the Wasilla Animal Shelter in Alaska, to rehabilitate dogs deemed aggressive and that failed the state’s S.A.F.E. test during their initial evaluation. He helped to rehabilitate many dogs that otherwise would have been euthanized due to not meeting the standard to be place with a new home. He has worked with close to 70 dogs since 2017 in the state of Alaska, from the Fairbanks/North Pole area to Anchorage. In the fall of 2019 Travis continued advancing his knowledge by attending the police decoy seminar at Torchlight K9 and becoming a certified patrol K9 decoy and has been a decoy and instructor for High Risk Deployment Police K9.