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Only the best K9 handlers in the industry

Meet The Team

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Jeff Dickson

Owner/Lead Handler

  • BORN AND RAISED IN KINGSTON AREA

  • POLICE OFFICER SINCE 1999

  • K9 UNIT SINCE 2010 HAVING WORKED 3 X DUAL PURPOSE PATROL DOGS

  • PRESENTLY WORKING A DUAL-PURPOSE BELGIAN MALINOIS

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Paul Doak

Owner/Lead Handler

  • FROM THE KINGSTON AREA

  • ATTENDED QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BA, BPHE, BED

  • POLICE OFFICER SINCE 1996

  • STARTED K9 IN 2002 AND HAVE WORKED 4 X DUAL-PURPOSE PATROL DOGS AND 1 X GUN/DRUG LABRADOR RETRIEVER

  • PRESENTLY SUPERVISOR OF A K9 UNIT WORKING A DUAL-PURPOSE BELGIAN MALINOIS/DUTCH SHEPHERD 

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The Dogs

Riley

Black Labrador Retriever

  • 4 MONTHS OF TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION BY HIGHLAND K9 IN NORTH CAROLINA

Black Labrador Retriever

  • 4 MONTHS OF TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION BY HIGHLAND K9 IN NORTH CAROLINA

Chris Stoness

Chris has been an entrepreneur for the last 10 years and has worked with many businesses, most notably building the national franchise system, Elite Window Cleaning.

Chris'"people first" ideals have built strong culture and leadership within the organizations he works with and his keen attention to performance metrics instills a company wide growth mindset within these operations.

Chris's introduction to Atlas came from a friendship with founder Jeff Dickson and since the idea was presented to him, Chris has been obsessed with learning all he can about the K9 detection world. With Chris' experience scaling high quality home service systems, we aim to build a world class franchise system around K9 bed bug detection where customers, handlers, and owners can all see great value from being a part of Atlas K9

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Owner

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Jesse Trafford

Handler

Jesse was born in St.Albert, Alberta. He moved to Ontario with his family at a young age, where he completed his schooling. 

During his time in Afghanistan with the CAF, he was lucky enough to work closely on patrols with the dog teams. Deploying them to search for IEDs and providing close protection. This is where he fell in love with just how incredibly powerful working dogs can be.

He continued building on that knowledge by getting his own Dutch/German shepherd mix. Both he and the dog learned tracking as well as basic detection work. All the while gaining invaluable knowledge volunteering with the Kingston Police K-9 Units. 

Jesse and Atlas K9 are excited to be working together with a common love…working dogs!

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Mike Rice

Handler

Raised in Belleville 
Have resided in Kingston area since 2002
Graduate of Niagara College Paramedic program and remained a paramedic while policing until 2015.
police officer since 1999
Grew up on a horse farm and trained and competitively competed with horses
Been around dogs all his life and has owned several Dobermans and German Shepherds
Graduate of highland k9 detection dog program
Assisted local police K-9 unit for many years in various roles
Police officer and paramedic for over 30 years

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Sniper

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