About Man-K9

Memberships & Certifications

  • Police K9 Trainer (the only civilian Police K9 trainer in San Diego County)
  • California P.O.S.T Certified Instructor
  • DEA Certified (the only trainer in San Diego County)
  • California P.O.S.T Certified Police K9 Evaluator
  • Member of San Diego Regional Police Canine Association
  • Member of the California Canine Narcotic Association
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC)
  • Certified Narcotic Detection Trainer
  • Kennel Tech Certified

About the Training Director

Training Director, Manuel Villanueva, is one of the most sought after dog trainers in the United States and beyond. Manuel’s career started when he was just 18 years old (over 40 years of experience) and he specialized in training working breeds such as Dobermans, Rottweilers, and Shepherds. Manuel was one of the few trainers to study under Mr. Fon Johnson, a pioneer in the dog training world, who specialized in the training of police dogs. In fact, Mr. Fon Johnson developed many of the K-9 training programs and canine psychology models that are now used throughout the country and founded the first full-service pet boarding facility in San Diego in 1950.

Police K9 Training

Manuel is the only civilian K9 trainer in San Diego County qualified, recognized and contracted by Law Enforcement Agencies. Manuel has worked with hundreds of Police K9s in Patrol work, narcotics, tracking, trailing and evidence searching. His police dogs have been responsible for apprehending thousands of criminals. He has also trained some special canines for work with S.W.A.T. teams and is a sought-after judge for national and international competitions, including the 2008 Riverside Police K9 Trials.

Over the years Manuel has received recognition and awards for his substantial contributions in the area of Police K9 training. Manuel has also organized several Police K9 competitions throughout southern California to promote the public understanding and respect for Police Service dogs. Manuel is considered an expert dog behaviorist and has conducted numerous interviews for television and newspapers. Manuel is one of the few Civilian K9 trainers in California to be a member of Law Enforcement Associations. Manuel is the Police k9 trainer for the following Police Departments:

  • Oceanside Police Department
  • Carlsbad Police Department
  • National City Police Department
  • Chula Vista Police Department
  • El Centro Police Department
  • Huntington Beach Police Department
  • Riverside Police Department
Edznna Jackson – Finance Director

Starting her career as a kennel operations manager from 2006-2017, Edznna gained broad experience in the pet care industry under her father, Manuel Villanueva. She has competed and won AKC obedience competitions since she was a young girl. Over the years she has gained extensive knowledge observing her dad train the law enforcement officers and their canine partners. Along side a love for dogs, she found a niche in finance as she was responsible for multiple accounts and began overseeing the finances in various corporations. Today she is the Chief Financial Officer for a real estate company as well as the Financial Director for Man-K9. She is our main point of contact for any and all finance/accounts payable needs.

Fon Villanueva – Senior Canine Trainer and Instructor 

Watching his dad, Manuel Villanueva, train dogs since he was a young pup himself, Fon grew up in the canine industry. He is named after Manuel’s long time mentor, Mr. Fon Johnson. Fon has trained dogs in multiple disciplines from pet obedience to instructing our Police K9 Academies since 2012. In addition to patrol work, Fon is responsible for imprinting our detection dogs in narcotics or explosives. Fon is a certified canine decoy, certified dog trainer, AKC CGC evaluator, and more. His passion continues to grow as he learns from his dad and the dogs around him. Fon is proud to provide quality service and resources whether he is conducting private lessons with a family pet or police canine academies with officer’s learning to handle their new partner.

Laurie Hay – Managing Director 

Laurie started her journey working for Manuel in the kennel environment in 2012 as a receptionist. After learning more about dog psychology, she became fascinated with their abilities and what we are able to teach them. This fascination has since grown into a passion for dogs and the work they do when paired with a handler – on the street or in a family home. When calling Man-K9 you are likely to speak to her first as she fills you in on our training background and philosophies.

Officer Samuel Hay – Tactical Consultant 

Officer Samuel Hay has been a K9 Handler for 7 years with his partner, K9 Gonzo at Oceanside Police Department. Officer Hay has been a police officer since 2004. In addition to being a canine handler, Officer Hay was on the S.W.A.T. Team, is a certified explosive breacher, tactics instructor, field training officer and more. Because of his extensive background as a police officer coupled with canine handling experience, Officer Hay has been a great resource when training our Police Canine Handlers how to tactically use their dog in the field.

Award Winning Community Service

Serving the community is important to Manuel. Over the years, Manuel has devoted countless hours to the Humane Societies by working to educate the public in the care and training of our canine friends. In 2003 Manuel’s work was recognized with The Friends of Animals award from the North County Humane Society.

Top dog 'Raven'

K9 Nero had multiple street apprehensions throughout his 9 year career all while maintaining his Top Dog status throughout the state. K9 Nero was a dual purpose canine working in patrol and narcotic detection.

Award-Winning Police K-9s

K9 Raven with numerous 1st place awards and a prestigious Top Dog award

Man-K9 have had the pleasure to produce not only superior dogs out on the streets but also in the competition ring.

The K-9s we have trained have left a significant impression at prestigious trials, such as the Annual Riverside Canine Trials.

Our intense training on “obedience and control” ultimately gains spotlight attention at these competitions .Recently, officer James Smith and his K-9, Nero, of the Oceanside Police Department won the Top Dog Award at the 17th Annual Riverside K-9 Trails. The duo garnered media attention in The Coast News because this novice team won high marks in their first competition beating out seasoned “open” competitors.

Over the years, our handlers and their K-9s have repeatedly earned the following honors:

  • Top Dog Award
  • Judges Choice Award
  • 1st place in Obedience
  • 1st. place in Agility
  • 1st. place in Area search
  • 1st place in Building Search
  • 1st place in Protection

Retired Carlsbad Police K-9, Arlo, and his handler, Corporal Allen Severy, took home multiple trophy wins over the years. One major award included an open overall trophy, highlighting how they excelled in all phases of the trial.

The competition stadium is just another avenue that Man K-9 is able to demonstrate the talent of our police canines and handlers.

Family Dog Training

Recognizing Manuel’s skills in working with dogs, Fon took Manuel under his wing and together they trained hundreds of dogs in various fields from puppy training, general and advanced obedience, to police service dogs. During the 1980s and 1990s Manuel trained thousands of family dogs while serving as the head dog trainer for leading facilities in the region, including:

  • San Diego Humane Society
  • San Diego Obedience Club
  • North County Humane Society

Specializing in:

  • CGC Training
  • AKC Competition
  • Aggression Problems
  • Behavioral Problems

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