Michael W. Kmiecik, Owner, Consultant and Trainer

 I am a 24-year law enforcement veteran and 15-year veteran police service and working dog

handler.  I have handled multiple dogs specialized in patrol, narcotic-contraband detection and

human remains detection (including as a mobile field force canine operator).  I have more than

8,000-hours of training in law enforcement and police service dog operations. 

I am the recipient of numerous awards from the Bartlett (Illinois) Police Department (including Life Saving, Meritorious Service, Honorable Unit/Shift Citations and Officer of the Year), the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer’s Association. 


I am the lead instructor for Sheepdog Guardian Consulting and maintain the most comprehensive canine legal website, “Canine Legal Updates and Opinions” and contributes to K9 COP Magazine, Police K9 Magazine and Police K9 Radio.  I have taught and written about police service and working dog operations, industry standards and legal updates for 8-years.  I am a committee member with the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association K9 Committee (Subgroup:  Patrol K9) and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Working Group Canine Compliance.


Certified instructor in the following disciplines:


  • Rifle/carbine

  • MEGGITT XVT firearms simulation

  • Firearms

  • Handcuffing

  • HFRG/PPCT Defensive Tactics

  • Use of Force


I have written expert witness opinions for cases in federal and state court.  I am currently working with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board for a Subject Matter Expert content developer for a new Narcotic-contraband legal course initiative through the Executive Institute at Western Illinois University (requirement for all Illinois Narcotic-contraband Detection handlers, both new and renewal qualifications).


I bring a unique perspective to the police service and working dog legal update arena because I am not an attorney, but an active dog handler with a background as a former union chapter president and current designated officer-in-charge.  I have dedicated my career to studying and researching use of force and K9 Legality.