About Us

NC K9 is a culmination of over 13 years of experience in handling and training Law Enforcement canines. We use real world deployments to develop our training program and rely on not only our experience, but the current experiences of our nations K9’s handlers to provide the best canine partner.


Jim O’Brien

Our owner and lead instructor, Jim O’Brien, handled two police canines while he was a patrolman in the state of New Hampshire. Jim and his canine partners were a huge asset in central New Hampshire and were responsible for the capture and arrest of countless suspects and drug seizures.  Jim developed both canines programs from the ground up and had much success with both programs.

Jim was the lead instructor at two kennels in the state of NC where he was tasked with instructing Law Enforcement and Military personnel. Jim has instructed canine teams from around the world and has instructed classes for Working Dog Magazine, K9  Cop Magazine, Bravo 3, and Blue Line K9 conferences. Jim enjoys learning new skills to enhance his abilities as a trainer and continually strives to increase the success rates of his canine teams in the field.

Jim has had many great human influences and dog trainers over the years that have assisted his growth as a trainer and his love for dog training. However, the one being that grew that passion more than any human was his last partner, Blek. Blek was a great patrol dog, but was the best instructor!

Jim conducts both Law Enforcement and Pet Dog Training. Jim can be contacted directly at 603-986-9897 or 

Dale McCoy

Dale joins us with several years’ experience in pet dog obedience. Dale enjoins working with pet owners to enhance the relationship with their family pet through clear communication and engagement. He does private in home training, off site training and group class sessions. Dale covers Johnson County, Wilson County, Wayne County, Harnett County and Wake County. 

Dale practices a balanced training approach which provides confidence and pleasure for the owner to take the pet out in public and produces a happy dog. 

Dale spends the majority of his free time with his dog Prowler. Prowler is a German Shepherd trained in advanced obedience, apprehension work, and tracking. 

Dale is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine Good Citizen and Advanced Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Dale is always looking for the next challenge to bring his training to the next level. 

Dale can be contacted directly at 919-901-2981

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