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About Ray

For the Serious Enthusiast Demanding Excellence & Reliability in their Dog Trainer™

About Ray

Ray Kerimian's Dog Training Credentials

Ray always had an interest in the training and handling of dogs. When he was a young child he often brought home stray dogs and trained them on his own to become great household pets. Ray continued this throughout his life, and eventually, he was able to put his passion for dogs and training into a career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Canine (K-9) Unit.

Ray is now retired from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Detroit, Michigan, after completing 22 years of service. After retiring from the Department, Ray developed an elite dog training business, sharing his years of professional K-9 experience with his clients.

Ray is a specialist and takes pride in training dogs that other dog trainers have deemed un-trainable. Ray’s business motto which tells it all “For the Serious Enthusiast Demanding Excellence & Reliability in Their Dog Trainer™ 

Ray receiving his Detroit Police K-9 Training Graduation Certificate
Ray receiving his Detroit Police K-9 Training Graduation Certificate

Professional K-9 Trainer

  • Ray began his professional Canine K-9 career in 1994 as a handler assigned to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit.  
  • Ray was trained and certified as a Canine (K-9) Handler by the Detroit Police Department.  
  • The Detroit Police Department was nationally known at the time for its expertise in all areas of police K-9 training.
  • The Detroit Police K-9 Unit taught Ray all aspects of K-9 training, including General Obedience Training, Tracking Training, Detector Dog Training, and Decoying for Protection work.
  • While working as a K-9 handler and assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Task Force Officer, Ray continued seeking his education in K-9 Training.
  • Ray attended training seminars with the United States Police Canine Association throughout the United States and Canada.

Police Dog Handling Experience

  • Ray completed special K-9 Training with the Oakland Police Academy in 2001, earning a Dog Trainer Instructor’s Certificate.  
  • Ray became the head trainer for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and began conducting in-service K-9 training for the K-9 Unit.  
  • In 2002, Ray trained the first bomb detection dog for the Sheriff’s Department.
  • He eventually trained the new police dogs and K-9 handlers to increase the size of the Department’s K-9 Unit.  
  • Ray drafted a K-9 policy for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, which other law enforcement agencies have shared as a standard.
  • Ray eventually worked for the Narcotics Detection Dog and an Explosives Detection Dog for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.  
  • Ray and his police dogs entered numerous police dog competitions and certifications, where he won numerous awards, often taking first place.
  • He also once placed in the top ten with his police dog in a National K-9 Competition.
  • Ray also attended special training in K-9 First Aid, where he learned basic and advanced First Aid.
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Ray pictured with K-9 Cashous

United States Police Canine Association

  • Ray became recognized as a certified Police Dog Trainer with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Ray has been involved with the USPCA since 1995 and serves on the Executive Board of the USPCA, Region 19.  In 2011, he convinced the rest of the Executive Board to pursue a non-profit for the USPCA Region 19.  
  • Ray worked countless hours while continuing to train dogs on the strenuous application process for the non-profit. In February 2014, the IRS recognized USPCA, Region 19, as a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.

Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority

  • Ray has also instructed at the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), which conducts annual K-9 Training at Camp Grayling Military Base. Ray has trained hundreds of K-9 Handlers at Camp Grayling, setting up practical dog training scenarios and lecturing on Officer Safety and Narcotics Package Interdiction.

El Paso Intelligence Center

  • Ray, while working with the DEA, became an instructor with the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). Ray developed the “First of its kind” K-9 Training Program for EPIC Interdiction Jetway Training Program, which instructed DEA Agents and DEA Task Force Officers on the Proper use of the K-9 in Drug Interdiction Cases. Ray traveled throughout the United States with the EPIC Jetway Program, lecturing on his K-9 Course.

DEA Instructor

  • Ray was a past contract instructor with the DEA, where he instructed Drug Interdiction and the Use of a K-9 with the Basic Narcotics Course.

Other Affiliations

  • Ray continues to attend and participate in numerous local and national K-9 Training Seminars throughout the United States and Canada.  
  • Ray is also a member of the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA)
recognized as a certified Police Dog Trainer
Ray with “Maggie” and Wayne County Sherrif Ficano along with trophies won in national detector dog trials

Ray is an approved American Kennel Club (AKC) evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen®, AKC Community Canine®, S.T.A.R. Puppy®, and AKC Trick Dog programs. Ray has conducted numerous AKC tests for group and private classes with these programs.

Ray and his wife Eleanor developed a leash from Biothane-Coated Webbing. They can be found in local Pet Stores. The leash has many benefits besides looking great and feeling good in your hand. Click here for more information.

Ray often conducts Free “Ask The Trainer” seminars at local pet stores where he helps people solve problems with their family pets.

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Ray’s Accolades from his law enforcement career