About Sue Coppola, Dog Trainer


Sue Coppola dog trainer
Sue Coppola and Rumble the Jack Russell

After a 30 year career in law enforcement handling and training police K9s’ and explosive detector dogs, the private sector – dog training – is my new home. In 2010, the government K9 contract I supported was ended and I found myself without work. Necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to branch into the pet dog training world. Initially I feared this change but instead I’ve actually found a new love. I’m so very lucky that this bend in my road has worked out this way! It is my good fortune to share my experience, passion, and gift with dog owners seeking a richer relationship with their pets.

It is a privilege to help others do their best for new puppies, and to witness joy where there was conflict in the human-dog relationship.

Looking forward to helping as many Marylanders and their pups as I can!

My “Technical Bio”

In 1981, I landed a position as a Police K9 Handler with the Middlesex County, MA Sheriffs Department. With my German Shepherd, Tucker, I was the first woman to attend the Metropolitan Police K9 Academy in Boston, MA.. After completing the 14 week-training course, I entered and took first place in the novice division of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) regional field trials. That was the first of many competition wins for me and my dogs. Five Regional Championships with three different dogs and two times in the Top five overall at National Championships, earned me a reputation as a top competitor.

In 1985, after four years as a handler in Massachusetts, I landed a position as a K9 Unit Trainer at the Delaware Department of Corrections. This involved training dogs and handlers from my own department and several local police agencies in obedience, agility, tracking, search, narcotic detection and apprehension.

In 1998 I became a nationally certified USPCA Police K9 Trainer and traded my competition bib in for a judge’s chair, becoming a USPCA certified patrol, detector and tracking dog judge.

In 2003 I moved to Maryland and spent 7 years as an explosive detection dog handler and trainer at a government intelligence agency.

As founder of von der Polizei German Shepherds, I have been breeding and raising working line German Shepherds for over 30 years and have produced over 40 litters of puppies.

I am a Nationally Certified Police Dog Trainer, and a Certified Judge in several disciplines, as well as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Past Community services include:

  • Board of Directors of the Kent County DE Humane Society
  • Appointed member of the Delaware Dangerous Dog Panel