Our Staff

Shallow Creek Kennels StaffHere at Shallow Creek Kennels, we take great pride in personally hand selecting all of our imported canines. We seek out the highest quality German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds available today. Also available for detection work are many sporting breeds, such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Our selection test is demanding and rigorous; we do not accept Police Service Dog candidates that we would not deploy on the streets ourselves. The dogs are required to possess confidence, courage and clarity, without exception. After the initial selection test and veterinary examination in Europe, we return to our facility in Pennsylvania and repeat both the selection test and the veterinary exam here, ensuring only the best of the best are offered for sale.

Our reputation is paramount and we truly care about the handlers that will be on the streets with our dogs! Our staff consists of active law enforcement canine handlers and trainers; therefore, we can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to deploying Police Service Dogs in real world applications.

John BrannonJohn Brannon, Owner

John Brannon’s career in law enforcement spans a 24 year period with the last 22 years having been spent as a K-9 officer working 5 dual purpose Police Service Dogs. For approximately, 20 years, John was employed by the Coral Springs Police Department, Broward County, Florida where he was responsible for all of the day to day operations of the K-9 Unit, from involvement in budgetary issues, the selection of canines, training and instruction of the canines and handlers, to the actual deployment of canine teams. Additionally, while with Coral Springs, John was an active Special Response Team member and the S.R.T. canine team leader.

John is a certified State of Florida K-9 Instructor since 1993 and is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Trainer Evaluator.

Upon his retirement in 2004, John returned to his home in rural western Pennsylvania. He obtained his law enforcement certification in Pennsylvania and is on call for canine duties at local law enforcement agencies.

In 2004, he established, Shallow Creek Kennels. Shallow Creek Kennels is an Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy (OPOTA) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified training facility.

John’s professional memberships include: lifetime membership and Master Trainer for the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and past President of Pennsylvania Police Work Dog Association (PPWDA). During his career, John has been a member of and attended seminars of all the major canine organizations, including but not limited to: USPCA and DAD/DAC.

John is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at numerous K-9 classes and seminars throughout the country.

John’s extensive background in canine selection, training, deployment and tactical operations will ensure you have a canine partner that exceeds any standard.

Jeremy RileyJeremy Riley, Senior Lead Trainer

Jeremy Riley is a lead dual purpose trainer for Shallow Creek Kennels. Jeremy entered the United States Army, where he served 5 years as a Military Working Dog Handler. During his Military career he worked two dual purpose military working dogs achieving the rank Specialist and was deployed to Korea as well as Bosnia. He then became a police canine handler for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina where he worked 3 dual purpose and 1 single purpose police service dogs for 11 years. Jeremy was his agency’s unit trainer.

Mike Van Leer, Lead Trainer

Trooper Mike Van Leer became a State Certified Canine Instructor for the Florida Highway Patrol In 1993. He then became the first and only current State Certified Evaluator for the Florida Highway Patrol in 1996. He is the first canine trainer/evaluator In the State of Florida qualified to teach and certify narcotic detection canines under a national program, the International Forensic Research Institute at Florida International University.

As a canine instructor/evaluator, Trooper Van Leer has trained over 65 police canine teams in the areas of narcotic detection, tracking and patrol dog work. He has trained teams for other police agencies as well as the Florida Highway Patrol. Trooper Van Leer has over 2,000 academic hours in the training of Police Work Dogs. He retired after 28 years of service in 2014.

Madeline DeMilioMadeline DeMilio, Trainer

Madeline DeMilio started at Shallow Creek Kennels as a College Intern, in May of 2015. She was then hired as a full time employee after she graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Animal Science from the State University of New York of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill in May of 2016. During her four years at SUNY Cobleskill Madeline focused on studying animal behavior in both wild and domestic animals, in addition to studying under Dr. Steven Mackenzie, who assisted her education in Domestic Animal Behavior, Canine Body Language, Animal Behavior Problems and Canine Training.