Guy Woolhead - Trainer
Guy is a retired Toronto police officer who was a member of the Police Dog Services (K9 unit) for several years. He had been working with a general purpose police dog until the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City. Guy and his K9 partner, Taz, were selected and sent for specialized training in Explosive Detection. As a result, Guy was the first member of the Toronto Police Service to have a police dog who was trained in both General Purpose work and Explosive Detection work.
Guy and his K9 partner were then used to protect many dignitaries over the years, such as members of the British royal family, Pope John Paul II, a U.S. president, Canada’s prime minister, and many other celebrities. They were also tasked with investigating bomb threats and searching for firearms.
After retiring from the Toronto Police, Guy was hired by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority Explosive Detection K9 Unit at Toronto Pearson Airport. Over the next 12 years, Guy worked with and trained a number of dogs, specializing in Explosive Detection and Obedience. He was responsible for training and assisting team members daily.
Guy and his K9 partners attended the K9 Training Center of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the International Police Work Dog Association, and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators K9 Group, and were certified on every occasion. Guy and his K9s have been guests on the radio station Q107 on Derringer in the Morning. He was also involved in K9 Cards for Kids, which raised money for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
After retiring in 2015, Guy, because of his love for dogs and training, started his own venture “The Tracking Guy.” In December of 2015, Guy joined SwissRidge as a Puppy Imprinter. And in May of 2016 he was hired on as a trainer for SwissRidge. He is now training the kennel dogs in basic obedience.