386-337-0730 Ted@gatorlandk9.com

About Us

Ted Hoppe

Founder and Trainer at GatorlandK9 International

  • US Air Force- 1978 Military Working Dog Handler- Graduated MWD program, Lackland AFB Texas.
  • Supplier to West Palm Beach P.D. since 1989. Have provided dogs to many Police Departments since that time: Hillsbourough County, Tampa, Riviera Beach, Lowndes County, GA, Department of Defense
  • Have Imported German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans from Germany, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech and Slovak Republics since 1985. I go to Europe at least twice a year and hand pick dogs for clients & Police Departments.
  • Ted  owned an In Home Dog Training company for 5 years, Perfect Pet Companions, where he solved obedience & behavior problems as well as In Home Protection Dog Training.
  • Owned a commercial boarding & training kennel, Gatorland K-9 and K-9 Bodyguards, one of South Florida’s largest Training Centers
  • Owner of Demanet USA Importer-of the Demanet Bite Suit.
  • Founder and Creator of American Street Ring-A practical system of protection dog training.
  • Through the years Ted has trained hundreds of dogs and handlers for obedience and personal/family protection.
  • Has personally trained and titled dogs in American Street Ring and Schutzhund and studied all of the major protection dog sports of Europe.
  • Ted Hoppe is best known both Nationally & Internationally for creating American Street Ring, a unique system/ hybrid of Military, Police K-9, KNPV, Belgian and French Ring and practical protection training. It is a true, original American system recognized as the most practical system ever conceived.

RJ Hoppe

Dog Trainer and Obedience Instructor

Rj Hoppe is a second generation dog trainer. He has a deep love for dogs and is a natural trainer and he has grown up understanding the dogs’ needs from a young age.  Rj started training dogs when he was 14 years old and by the age of 20 he trained professionally. He is extremely helpful in maintaining their Health & Well Being here at GatorlandK9. He has trained dogs for families, police departments and the disabled.

In 2010 RJ assisted in the training of WPB Police K9.  As an exceptional athlete RJ is a gifted decoy in our dog training sessions.  

In 2011 RJ received his first custom Demanent Bite Suit (see above) and became the VP of DemanetUSA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE-VdTbhQOA  Recently RJ made his first trip to Europe to help with the custom selection process for our clients and is also working as a delivery handler on behalf of GatorlandK9 International.  

Brad Hoppe 

Assistant Kennel Manager and Trainer

Brad Hoppe is the youngest member of our team at GatorlandK9 International.  He takes a special interest in the puppies and loves to play with them and make them feel extra Loved!  Stay tuned for more adventures of Brad Hoppe as his brothers await his debut ‘in the kennel’!  Brad is now happy to be on the team.

Jill Pavel

Marketing Director

Jill Brings 14 years Marketing and Public Relations Experience to GatorlandK9.  Jill began her career in Philadelphia working in every aspect of marketing, publicity and event managment. Jill’s expertise is grounded in her personal, hands-on approach to branding and public relations.  She has experience with a wide range of organizations from corporate, retail and the private sector. 

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