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Maine K-9 Services specializes in working dog training and certification for search and rescue and law enforcement. Individualized training for search and rescue, narcotics, human remains detection, basic dog management, obedience or behavior problems can be scheduled to fit the owner’s need. Maine K-9 Services travels to offer training to working dog teams across the US.

Maine K-9 Services is now offering on-line courses for working dog and search and rescue dog handlers. (Click HERE for more information). These courses will give anyone the background they need to be a working dog or search and rescue dog handler.

The owner of Maine K-9 Services, Deborah Palman, retired in 2008 after 30 years service as a game warden with the Maine Warden Service, the law enforcement division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Twenty eight of those years were as a K-9 handler and over 25 were as the K-9 administrator and trainer for the Warden Service K-9 Unit. Deborah is still active in Maine volunteer search and rescue activities, and currently is a special deputy and trainer with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.


Deborah is a certified Master Trainer with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) and can offer certifications though IPWDA for cadaver detection, wilderness air scent search, evidence or article search, tracking, trailing, and water search. She is a Level II certified trainer with the United States Police Canine Association.

Deborah is also a Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) certified K-9 trainer.

Maine K-9 Services is located in Amherst, Maine and has land and water available in the immediate area for training working dogs.

“This is a great intro for new handlers and those refreshing their skills.” Comment from a handler who took the on-line course for search and rescue dog handlers
Maine K-9 Services and Maine e-Learning are now offering online courses for police and other working dog handlers.

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Debbie and Alex
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Maine K-9 Services
P.O. Box 57
Aurora, ME 04408
Cell: 207.944.1131
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