About Us

Our instructor John Bellocchio is a professional academic with more than 20 years of document research experience at the local, county, state, and federal level. John holds a B.Sc. in Diplomacy and International Politics from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Middle East security, an Masters in Philosophy in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, and an Ed.S. in Leadership, Management, and Public Policy from Seton Hall University. As a teacher, professor, and senior level administrator in academic institutions, John was charged with document research in a number of high profile situations, in some cases going back more than 70 years to find an answer.

CCDT: Certified Dog Behaviorist

This certificate allows John to work with the toughest cases of aggression, poor behavior, and training difficulties. Completion of it has also allowed John to learn the most accurate and rapid ways of training emotional support and PTSD support animals, search and rescue dogs, and accelerant detection dogs, and of course general obedience training.


SAR TECH III:

This license certifies that John has completed his training and allows him to work within all required national standards to train a dog for search and rescue.


M.Phil./Ed.S.:

These master and professional Doctoral degrees allow John to understand the required counseling behaviors necessary to build a strong dog to human or dog to dog bond.


Bloodborne Pathogens:


This Bloodborne Pathogens license allows John to respond accordingly and safely to all bleeding injuries, regardless of if the injury is to a human or to a canine.


Chemical Assisted Suicides:

This license allows John to work the scene in the field of search and rescue safely in the event of an overdose or other chemical death without disturbing the crime scene.


New York State Dignity of All Students Act and New York State Mandated Reporter Act Certificates:

These licenses allow John to have a full understanding of the spectrum of all disabilities that Emotional Support and PTSD dogs can aid. These licenses have full reciprocity in all 49 other states.


Crime Scene Investigation Protocols and Helicopters in SAR:


These licenses allow John to teach how to safely work a crime scene in search and rescue and accelerant detection work without disturbing the crime scene, and also how to work with a responding helicopter, whether the dog is in or out of the huey.


FEMA Incident Command Licenses:

When teaching Search and Rescue or Accelerant Detection, being familiar with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is key. These licenses allow John to teach this vitally important concept to dog handlers and also adequately prepare them to take the course that will likely be required of them.