Les Flores is a retired Police/K-9 Officer and has been training dogs for over 37 years in numerous specialties including: Police K-9, narcotic detection, Schutzhund/IGP, SAR, AKC obedience, show and executive/family protection. Les has given seminars on topics such as drive training theory and practical application as well as competitive handling techniques in the sport of Schutzhund/IGP.
Les was the National Training Director of DVG America, an all-breed dog sport organization, for eight years. He has trained some of the best protection helper/decoys in the country and helped a lot of people explore and enjoy the sport of Schutzhund/IGP from all angles. Additionally, his training and certification program has been adopted by or is the foundation of numerous dog sport clubs and organizations here in the United States, and some clubs in Germany.
Les actively trained and competed with many of his dogs over the years. He is currently taking a break from competing as he is training his young Dutch Shepherd Steeven. He has won numerous awards including Top Dog and Top Police K9 in 1988 and 1989 with his Police K9-PJ (Prime Justice). Ziggo (GSD) and Les were the vice champion in 2000 at the DVG America National, 1st place at the DVG America National championship in 2001 and 3rd place at the DVG National in 2002. He represented DVG America at the dhv Meisterschaft with his Ziggo in 2000, 2001 and 2003. He won the DVG America National championship with Nico in 2004, was a member of the AWMA team in Austria for the FMBB and represented the DVG America at the dhv Meisterschaft in 2004. Won the 2nd WDSAA National Championship in 2013 with his dog Funky (DS) and with Kiitos (DS, Funky’s son) took 1st place IPO 2. He has been selected to represent USA team 3 times for the IGP FH World championships from 2019-2021 with Dusty (aka Marquez DS). Les has won over 600 awards in both Police K-9 and Schutzhund/IGP competitions and loves the thrill of high competition on the National and International scale.
Les started the Working Dutch Shepherd Association of America (WDSAA) in 2008 to help promote the Dutch Shepherd Dog as a viable and healthier working dog for police and sport. He currently holds the Vice President position and has also served as President several times.
Les has served as President of the World Dutch Shepherd Federation (WDSF) and is currently a Member at Large of the WDSF Board of Directors.
Les was a founding member of California Gold Police and Schutzhund club (DVG), Gold Rush Schutzhund Club (USCA) in California, and Cascade Schutzhund Club in WA. He is currently creating a new Dog Sport organization.