Biography Simon Prins
1989-2000 Hunting dogs
Selection, training and working with hunting dogs
1993-1996 Patrol dogs
Selection, training and working with police patrol dogs in the operational environment in the big Dutch city’s
1996-1999 Canine research & development programma
Teamleader of a important research and development program with the focus to introduce dogs into special police operations. One of the key elements was to stop the traditional punishment training programs. This started the introduction of operant conditioning, collecting and analyzing of training data. This all gave us the knowledge how to make our own training protocols so we could train our animals and educate our trainers.
1999-2000 Development of ‘specials’
Research and development of new ways to transport special trainers dogs in fast boats, fast cars and in helicopters. And learn how to work with these dogs on heigh buildings, climbing and rappelling.
2000-2001 Development of training equipment
Development of our own training equipment like feeders, balmachines, directional lasers, scent wheels, k9 camera equipment and many other technical and electronic devices.
2001-2002 Spin-off R&D program to police schools
Teaching them how to use our new training concepts like passive alerts instead of active alters. How to transport dogs on sea and in helicopters. Working safe on heights, etc.
2002-2005 Working with traditional police detection dogs
Helping them to renew traditional training programs and make the behaviors better and more reliable. With special attention for hard surface tracking. Working in all the different disciplines like narcotics, explosives, arson, human remains, money, scent identification and more. Accelerating training programs, collecting and analyzing training data. Changing the way how to select new dogs and trainers.
2003-2006 Starting USAR – Urban Search and Rescue unit
Selection, training and using 16 SAR dogs and their handlers. And working with a search and rescue dog myself in multiple earth quake operations abroad.
2007 European Attack dog champion
Winning of the three day attack dog contest organized in Germany. In total 12 operational teams from whole of Europe were participating in this important contest. My attack dog Iwan became the overal winner!
2007-2010 Back to special ops
Focus on operations with dogs, robots and sensors
Teamleider Team Remote Sensory (police special Ops) were dogs, robots and sensors gather information for and during operations.
2018 Simon Prins ACT!
In 2018 the start of my own business Simon Prins Animal Consultancy & Training (ACT!) to train animal trainers all over the world how to use operant conditioning. How to be able to design and write your own training protocols. How to collect and analyse training data.