about us

Terry Adams, dog trainer, holding a puppy for a headshot photo

Instructor & Head Trainer

I am Terry Adams Jr., CEO and Master Trainer at Tactical K9.
I am a renowned dog trainer and handler with 9 years of civil and military experience training dogs in obedience, protection, sports and narcotic detection as well as over 16 years of personal experience training, breeding, and caring for dogs.


Born and raised in Oakland, CA, I have always had a love for animals. Beginning at the age of four, I used to bring stray dogs home begging my mom to let me keep them; although not wanting animals, she allowed it because of the care and passion I provided them. She would later say, “Most people could not measure up to me, even at a young age.”
I have always had a passion for animals, a passion that developed into a desire to become a veterinarian or police k9 officer. However, things quickly changed at the age of 9 when I was introduced to dog training by my Uncle Larry Johnson, founder of K9 Comrades. There I learned the foundations of protection, detection and obedience training.

At age 13, I began an internship at El Cerrito Veterinary Clinic where I excelled. In return I was offered employment, working there for 3 years. A few years later, I went to college and decided to join the Army where I was both a dog trainer and bomb dog handler for 6 years. While in the Army, I also worked at Barkerhaus Kennels with Owners and my mentors Jim and Angie Morgan in El Paso, TX. There I provided obedience, guard, protection, sport and narcotics detection dog training. Later I trained under Dave Van Garderen while attending The School of Tom Rose, graduating in the top two of my class. I also graduated from Vohne Liche Kennels as a certified bomb dog handler.

Today, I continue training dogs and their owners at Tactical K9 ; I teach basic and advanced obedience, protection, agility and service dog training, and so much more.

Special Training Certifications

2010

Army Combat Mine Detector Dog Handler course

2011

ATF Explosive Imprint Training

2011

P.E.D.D. handler course (Patrol Explosive Detection Dog)

2011

Vohne Liche Kennels graduate

2015

Tom Rose School Graduate

2015-2017

Head Trainer at Off Leash K9

2017

Full Service K9 Handler Course (240 hour course)

2017

Full Service Trainer Course (320 hour course)

2017-2019

Instructor at Custom Canine Unlimited

Terry Adams, owner of Tactical K9, walking with a dog during a training session outside.
Terry Adams holding a medium sized dog outside in a grassy field.

Savannah Folwell

Trainer

Savannah Folwell graduated top of her class in the Police K9 Instructor Program at Highland Canine LLC School for Dog Trainers. She has attended a variety of seminars of all topics including but not limited to obedience, protection, detection, tracking/trailing and decoy foundation. She strives to continue her education by attending multiple seminars a year and schools when applicable. Savannah focuses on making sure her clients are as confident with their dogs and she is. She wants her clients to be able to enjoy their dog in any environment/situation/adventure, be able to show off their newfound skills, and relax knowing they have a well-behaved dog. During her off hours, Savannah enjoys training her personal dog in protection, tracking/trailing, detection, and obedience, as well as preparing for competing in a variety of dog sports.

Connor Lewis

Trainer

Connor Lewis graduated the Master Trainer Program at Highland Canine LLC School for Dog Trainers with the accomplishments of Student Excellence, Honor Graduate, and the Outstanding Achievement Award. He has trained dogs in obedience, behavior modification, tracking/trailing, bird dog training, and service dog training. Connor continues to further his education by participating in multiple seminars a year and schools when appropriate. He instills confidence and knowledge in his clients making them excited to go out and challenge their skills. His clients have people constantly asking how they got their dogs to behave so well. When he isn’t training clients and their dogs, he is training his personal dog in bird dog training, shed hunting, obedience, and expanding his dog’s detection skills.

Training Programs

Obedience Training

Upon completion of this course, you will have total off-leash control of your dog.

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Service & Therapy

What’s a Therapy Dog and how’s one different from a Service Dog?

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Personal Protection

A Protection dog is a confident, stable, and social dog trained to protect on command.

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