Alpha Dogs stars coming to Diamonds & Dirt

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The Alpha Dogs team will be a the K9s4COPs booth at the Brazos County Expo Complex on Saturday, March 16.

The stars of NatGeo WILD’s new hit show Alpha Dogs will be in town for Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic later this week.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., the guys will be fielding questions, taking photos and signing items from their new hit series.

The full team coming to the event includes: Kenny Licklider, owner and founder of Vohne Liche Kennels; Danny Parker, Head of Police Training at VLK; Bobby Roettger, Head of Military Operations at VLK; K.C. Licklider, trainer and Kenny’s son; and Luther McDonald, T.E.D.D. Program Lead Instructor.

The series, which premiered earlier this year, is based at Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Kenny Licklider, the head alpha dog himself, says “there’s no better protection than a well-trained dog.”

The Alpha Dogs team will be at the K9s4COPs booth – in the Exhibit Hall at the Brazos County Expo Complex. K9s4COPs is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit started in 2010 by Houston social entrepreneur Kristi Schiller – Schiller also founded Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic. The foundation provides highly trained and skilled K9s to law enforcement organizations and school districts around the nation. The group has gifted 33 K9s so far since gaining its non-profit status in March 2011 – across 14 agencies in four different states.

VLK is the K9s4COPs kennel of choice – the staff there has trained police and military service dogs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and government agencies, including the National Security Agency, Pentagon Police, U.S. State Department, all military branches, and more than 500 civilian and police agencies. From bounty hunters who need a little extra protection to executives across the world, Vohne Liche Kennels is in the business of serious self-defense.

“If a dog never gets a bite in his career, we’re happy. These dogs are primarily a deterrent. They’re there to protect and to save lives.”

Today, at the 600-acre kennel in Indiana, Licklider is surrounded by his military and law-enforcement trained staff—a ragtag bunch of tattooed, motorcycle riding men: the perfect combination of Duck Dynasty and K9 Cop. But don’t let the long hair, big bellies, and rough exteriors fool you.

When a dog is matched to the right handler, Licklider says the combination is better than an alarm system or even a police officer for deterring crime. Plus, he says, “A dog would give its life up for you.”

The show airs on NatGeo WILD on Fridays at 8 p.m. CST.

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