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Tracy "Trace" Sargent is the Owner and Director of STAR K9, LLC.  Below is Trace's credentials to give you and your family assurance that your beloved dog will receive the best care and training from an experienced professional dog handler, trainer and evaluator with over 20 years of experience.  Trace has spent her life dedicated to providing dogs with a high quality of life, and families and individuals with naturally balancedTM happy dogs.



Over 18 years of experience with basic and advanced levels of obedience and agility, and K9 operations involving high threat missions, law enforcement call-outs, and search, rescue and recovery events



Handler, trainer and evaluator for tracking/trailing, area search, cadaver and disaster dog teams for local, state and international teams – SWAT, LE, Fire Dept., SAR, Task Forces, etc.


Handler for explosives detection dogs (bomb dogs) for international protective security VIP/diplomatic missions



Evaluator for “Canine Good Citizen" Program



POST Certified Trainer and Evaluator

Approved K9 Resource for Missing Children Events

Member of Federal Level Task Force

Member of State Level Task Force


Search Team Manager for local, state and national level events



K9 partners licensed and certified at local, state, national and international levels


Type I canine resource in tracking/trailing, area search and HRD, and Type II canine resource for disaster recovery work. 


Requested to assist in over 900 searches with K9 partners in the United States and international missions.  Tested and evaluated over 350 dog teams.



Have searched for and located numerous lost and missing persons (including fugitives, runaways, Alzheimer’s, suicide, homicide, disaster victims, airplane crashes, etc.) and high threat level missions (terrorists/bombs)



Have been requested in numerous searches from local to international levels.  Some high profile cases we have been requested to assist with include:  The Runaway Bride, Eric Rudolph, Hurricane Katrina, Natalie Holloway, Tara Grinstead, Theresa Parker, Lauren Giddings, Sugar Plant Explosion (Savannah, GA), Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado, Stand-by for 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Military Plane Crash (Unadilla, GA)


Previous Positions Held: 


​Regional Representative for PAWS With a Cause Special Needs Service Dogs


Tested and evaluated first PAWS service dogs in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia

Member of the State Urban Search and Rescue K9 Sub-committee


Southeastern Rep for the State Urban Search and Rescue K9 Sub-committee


Search Team Manager for State of Georgia Search, Rescue, Recovery K9 Teams




Trainer and Evaluator for Georgia Body Recovery Team K9 Unit


K9 Team Leader for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Body Recovery Team


K9 Program Director for the State of Georgia for HRD and USAR K9 Teams


K9 team leader during Hurricane Katrina disaster




First licensed search and rescue dog in the State of Georgia


First cadaver/HRD dog team for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Body Recovery Team


First disaster recovery dog team fully trained, tested and certified for disaster operations in the State of Georgia (over 1,000 hours of training and certification)


Developed and Instructor for Outstanding Innovative Adult Training Program for the State of Georgia (Search and Rescue Training Program)


K9 partners inducted into Georgia Animal Hall of Fame


Nominated for Governor’s Public Safety Awards


Golden Rule Award Finalist


John Herbert Phillips Award For Promoting and Teaching Kindness and Compassion to Animals


Cherokee County Commendation Award for Citizen’s Merit Award for Excellence


Living Your Legacy Award Winner



The Way Home  (True Story Played Myself - Movie)


The Past Life (My dog portrayed as family dog - TV Series)


It’s All About the Dog  (Endorsed Dog Show - Documentary)


Nancy Grace Show  (Subject Matter Expert - Talk Show)


CNN Headline News (Subject Matter Expert – Talk Show)


In Session (Subject Matter Expert – Talk Show)


The Dog Talk Show (Subject Matter Expert – Talk Show)


World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer (News Show)


48 Hours: Hard Evidence TV Show


Associated Press (articles, pictures and videos about me and my dog were sent worldwide)


USA Today


Wall Street Journal


New York Times


LA Times


Featured in Atlanta Dog Life Magazine


Southern Living Magazine


Featured in other numerous newspapers, magazines and radio shows



Masters of Science in Public Health


Bachelors of Science in General Studies


Associates of Science in Law





Secret Security Clearance Level (Final)


Certified Law Enforcement Officer


Forensic Sketch Artist Certification


World Protective Services Certified


Glock 40 and M4 Weapons Qualified


Current U.S. Passport



POST Certified Instructor


NIMS Certified Instructor (100, 200, 300 and 400 levels)


Certified Canine Search Specialist


Master Trainer and Evaluator (Basic to Advanced Levels)


Search and Rescue Trainer, Evaluator and Instructor (Basic to Advanced Levels)


K9 Medic Certification

Animal Care Specialist


Incident Command System Instructor


Licensed Firefighter


Licensed Emergency Medical Technician


Certified Structural Collapse Technician


Certified Emergency Program Manager


Certified Mantracker


HAM Radio Operator


Over 100 Other Certifications – Public Safety and K9 Training






Over 20 years of professional experience

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