Trace Sargent, Owner

Lead Trainer and Wrangler

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Tracy "Trace" Sargent has over 28 years of dog training experience ranging from basic to advanced level skills.  Her  personal dogs have achieved international certification working titles, received national recognition and are animal actors and models.  Trace also has experience with horses, cows, goats, chickens, pet birds, reptiles, foxes, skunks, etc.  She also has experience in the entertainment world and has been in movies, live national TV and multi-facet print.  Below is a summary of Trace's credentials.

 

Masters Degree and Over 300 Other Certifications

Evaluator for American Kennel Club “Canine Good Citizen" Program

K9 Medic Certified

Animal Care Specialist

Certified Canine Search Specialist

Tested and evaluated over 1,200 dog teams

Master Trainer and Evaluator (Basic to Advanced Levels)

POST Certified Trainer and Evaluator

​Approved K9 Resource for Missing Children Cases

​Member of Federal Level Task Force

​Member of State Level Task Force

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

Type I canine resources

​Requested to assist in over 1,500 searches with K9 partners in the United States and international missions.

 

​Awards

​Living Your Legacy Award Winner

Georgia Animal Hall of Fame Winner

Nominated for Governor’s Public Safety Awards

Golden Rule Award Finalist

Georgia Magazine Pet Hero Award Winning Story

A-Scene Award Nominee

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

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

Developed and Instructor for Outstanding Innovative Adult Training Program for the State of Georgia

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)

 

Movies / TV / Presentations

Black Mountain

The Way Home

The Past Life

Mister

It’s All About the Dog

Nancy Grace Show (over 40 guest appearances)

CNN Headline News

In Session

Headline News

The Dog Talk Show

World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer

48 Hours: Hard Evidence TV Show

Good Day Atlanta

HLN After Dark

Associated Press (world wide articles, pictures and videos)

USA Today

Wall Street Journal

New York Times

LA Times

Featured in Atlanta Dog Life Magazine

Southern Living Magazine

West Georgia Women's Magazine

Featured in other numerous newspapers, magazines and radio shows

 

​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