About Us

Our Mission

Gold Coast K9 trains and develops best-in-class home protection and service dogs. Home companion and protector, specialized corporate program, or top-tier military or police service animals, we specialize on providing the dog that meets your exact needs.

We test and measure critical biometric and ability areas and ensure our dogs are extremely well balanced, sociable, and vigilant. We are committed to providing every client with the best possible solution, every time!

The Gold Coast Guarantee

All Gold Coast canines are hand selected and checked for health defects during our extensive screening process. In addition, our conditioning and training program includes constant assessments and reviews to ensure our canines are healthy, strong, and ready for their new life. Our team works with the top breeders throughout the world and we have the utmost confidence in the bloodlines and stable temperament of every one of our canines. Gold Coast K9 will always warranty overall fitness for one year. If the service dog is deemed not healthy by a veterinarian due to a genetic fault, Gold Coast K9 will provide the buyer with another suitable service dog.

Moreover, if at any time during the first year there are any issues with the dog and its performance or fit within your environment, the buyer can do a one-time exchange of the service dog for another of equal or lesser value, Gold Coast K9 always works with and supports our loyal and repeat customers and will consider each situation on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is to always ensure you are satisfied and comfortable with your chosen canine protector and companion.

Our History

Gold Coast began from one man’s love of dogs and developed into a world class training and performance center. Rodney Spicer transitioned to actual working-dog training in 1985. He purchased his first dog, a beautiful German Shepherd named Arras, and began working obedience skills. Rodney had a natural ability to read and work with Arras and together they were a great team. After some initial success with Arras, Rodney branched out and joined a working dog club, ultimately taking Arras and several other dogs to titles. In 1991, Rodney founded Gold Coast K9. Gold Coast K9 and Rodney went on to successfully compete regionally and nationally as handler, helper/agitator, training director, and judge.

As Gold Coast K9’s capabilities grew through competition, Rodney focused on training police, military, and high-risk private client service dogs in both patrol and detection. Gold Coast K9’s unique, common-sense approach to overcoming real world distractions, pressures, and changing environments, while maintaining drive, enthusiasm, and goal oriented direction set a standard in the K9 training world. Gold Coast K9 teams went on to receive numerous awards including top dog, top agency, agitator’s choice, and medal of valor.

Our Team

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Adrian
Training Director
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Rodney
President
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Rodney Jr.
Operations
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Ty
Trainer
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Connor
Trainer

Our team takes their real world experiences and travels the world on a regular basis to hand-select and test our canine candidates.

Our Facility

Today, Gold Coast K9 has a twenty-acre training facility located in Moorpark, Southern California. The facility is specifically designed to condition, test, and train dogs for their unique environments, from private family protection companion to military working-dog. In addition, the Gold Coast K9 team tests and measures numerous attributes on all our dogs, conducting analysis to support enhanced selection and training techniques for increased performance and reliability.

Rodney Spicer is a pioneer in his field. His devotion to perfection, his level of enthusiasm, and his training program are beyond impressive. Rodney offers some of the most important training and the most impressively trained dogs we have seen. My firm really values its ongoing relationship with Gold Coast K9.

Gavin de Becker
CEO and Founder, Gavin de Becker & Associates

Bach continues to be a wonderful dog- still attached to me at the hip and of course very much a part of the family. We had occasion just last weekend to use his search skills here at the house. A combination of events by the gardener and a carpenter (we later learned) left the front gates and back door wide open when I returned home with Cole at 9:00 pm. Bach never left the property and ran to greet my car as we drove in. Decided to call the police over the concern of open gates (after I secured them hours earlier) and to check the property- they missed the open garage door. So we sent Bach in – he remembered the command and searched the entire house. Needless to say I was impressed and felt safe with him at my side. In fact he is so dedicated he often waits at the door from which I left the house until I return. He continues to be loving and gentle with the kids. All thanks to you Rodney for finding and training the perfect dog.

Michelle

Over the last few years I have been looking for a training course on the proper use of an E-collar.  The course was phenomenal and it really helped me understand and use the E-collar correctly.  I appreciate your patients with me during the course.  You explained so much to me, demonstrated the technique, what to watch for and then had me perform it with my canine.  The results were shocking! To think that my canine partner could actually respond to the collar in such a positive way, just blew my mind.

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David Burnett
Canine Handler
Inglewood Police Dept.

Just giving you an update on Rico. His narcotic detection is phenomenal and the best narcotic dog we have. He has had several finds on the street and has earned the nick name of “ bar none” & “the franchise” he has also found several suspect that were hiding as well as some apprehensions. He is truly a great dog.

Darryl Tsujimoto
CPC K-9 Unit
San Francisco Police Department

Thank you again for today. You made me think outside of the box and do some things I never would have considered. Hope to do it again.

Elliot Zibli
Los Angeles Police Department
Gang and Narcotics Division, K-9

Over the last 9 years, the Culver City Police Department has purchased several dogs from Gold Coast and utilized your services to train them. It is obvious from their performance that you have done a great job training both the dogs and their handlers. I have personally attended several training sessions and observed how meticulously and professionally you train and work both the dogs and handlers so they can perform at an optimal level. Again, it is clear that our dogs excel in their tracking and detection skills along with displaying excellent obedience and discipline. I have personally learned many thing about police dogs and their training from you and wan to thank you for doing such a great job!

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Capt. Dave Tankerson
Culver City Police Department
Operations Bureau Commander

Thanks again!  The training today was probably the best I have ever had in the 8 years I have been working K9.

Jeff Hoslet
Los Angeles Sheriffs Department

The Canine(s) that Rodney has provided have been well trained and disciplined in conducting accurate and effective searches during the past year. The searches have proven to be a deterrent to the inmate population to refrain from using narcotics while incarcerated.

R.B. correctional Sergeant
Gang Investigator

I just want to let you know that Hilton is doing great. Where ever I go on the property he is there with me, with out a leash. When I call him he comes running awaiting his next command. Hilton has a great temperament but as equal when someone is at the gate he is there to greet them with a bark. Rodney your eye for dogs is to be unmatched and this was confirmed when we had rescued an adult Rottweiler male and you advised us that we had an unsafe dog. We wanted to give the dog a chance but after biting four of the staff we realized he was in the wrong situation. We sincerely value your advice, opinions and truly professional service.

Roger S
Head of Security

Rodney, Thanks from all of us at Merced Sheriff K-9. I have been to hundreds of hours of k-9 training and yours was by far the best for me. The muzzle work, and situational training styles you teach are excellent. The other deputies are raving about the agitator class, and the different exercises they encountered. We look forward to future training sessions with you and thanks again.

Sergeant Rich Howard
Merced County Sheriff's Office