Andy is the President of Falco Enterprises, Inc. and the Director of Falco K9 Academy. Andy has been working with Police Dogs since 1986. He has taken everything he has learned over that time to improve the way Police Dogs are trained today. In short, he has created a more effective and humane form of training for both the dog and handler. "I am proud of the fact that we are more human trainers than dog trainers. I truly believe that makes us far more effective than the other guys and gals."
Andy is the President of Falco Enterprises, Inc. a company specializing in the training of humans and their dogs. The company additionally supports these customers with products and services. Andy is also the Training Director of Falco K9 Academy. Andy worked as a Police K9 handler from 1989 to 1996 for the Anaheim Police Department in California. During this period Andy became passionate about Police K9 training and dog training in general. After traveling throughout North America and Europe in seeking dog training and behavior knowledge, Andy developed Falco K9 Academy in 1995. Andy was then named the Departments first “in-house” training for the K9 Unit. Andy retired from the police department in 2005 to concentrate on Falco Enterprises, Inc.
Director of Falco’s Police K9 Academy
Falco K9 Academy trains the handlers and dogs for Anaheim Police Department, Orange Police Department, Tustin Police Department, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Medical Center and Indio Police Departments locally. Nationally and internationally, Andy has selected and/or trained teams for departments in Washington, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Washington DC, Connecticut, Main, Rhode Island, New York, Alberta, Ontario, Spain, Peru, Northern Ireland, Argentina and Portugal.
Director of Falco’s Detection Dog Academy
As a detection dog handler, Andy realized the potential for using dogs to detect anything that has an odor. In addition to the usual Narcotics and Bomb detection disciplines Andy has developed training programs for new and innovative jobs such as Mold, Arson, lost children and more. Most recently Andy has developed a new and innovative detection dog program for locating E. coli and Salmonella contaminated produce. Falco K9 Academy is teamed with the State of California Department of Public Health and UC Davis.
This expertise has led to contracts with one of the largest companies in the world, Disney; police departments in North America, Argentina, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. We have also assisted entrepreneurs in the Mold detection industry and Bed Bug Detection industry from coast to coast.
Instructor, International Police K9 Conference
As an instructor for the International Police K9 Conference, Andy traveled throughout North America 4 to 5 times a year and instructs K9 handlers and administrators on the dog behavior, training, liabilities and use of police K9s. At each conference there are 40 to 60 students who attend the weeklong conference. Andy is the lead instructor for the “Problem Solving” section of the school. Problem solving is an unstructured class were student’s request help on any aspect of dog behavior and police K9 training. In the 5 years of conducting this class Andy has been faced with hundreds questions and“problems” from aggression issues to weakness in searching behaviors. Andy was the architect for the famous and popular group walk that is now used in the conference.
State of California Police K9 Evaluator
Every Police K9 team must pass a minimum standard to receive certification from California’s Police Officer’s Standards and Training office. The office has certified very few officials to judge the hundreds of K9 teams within the state. Andy Jimenez has been a state certifier for approximately 6 years (Since POST created the Standard).
Director of Falco’s Civilian Dog Training Academy
Andy realized it was more important to educate and train the human about the dog and developed a program to reflect this concept. Once people understood how a dog thinks and how they communicate it was easier for them to understand the basic concepts of training. This type of training is most important when dealing with aggression from a dog. If the human knows why a dog is showing aggression it is more likely they will know how to avoid an injury or correct the behavior before it occurs.
Additionally, it was important for Andy and all the Academy’s trainers, to have a complete understanding of all forms and means of dog training. Not one form of training works for all humans and dogs. For instance a very passive dog who loves food will be very easy to motivate with treats while another dog who is strong willed and not crazy for food may need to be trained by means of correction based training.
With this formula, Falco has become very successful in the dog-training field. Falco currently has individual in-home training and group training throughout Southern California.
Court Recognized Expert
Since 1990 when Andy testified as an expert in a narcotics detection case in Los Angeles Federal Court (Anaheim Police Department criminal case), he has continued to be sought after in cases of all types involving dogs. From detection; to use of force; to slip and fall case and Pit Bull fight rings. He has testified or reviewed cases throughout the United States.
8-Week Dog Training Manual Decoying for the Modern Patrol Dog Detection Dog Handler’s Manual
Falco TV Production Company
Andy is the producer/director of all the video’s found on many of the most popular video sites (YouTube, DailyMotion, etc) that feature the pet, police and detection dog training of Falco K9 Academy and other dog related story’s. Combined, these videos are viewed by 100’s of thousand people.