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Our History

The past, present and future of our foundation's history is defined by ensuring we dedicate ourselves wholly to helping working dogs continue to restore justice, return our loved ones, recover our fallen and serve Veterans.

Established in 2003

K9Sensus originated as Paws of Life (PoL), a nonprofit organization established in 2003 that focused primarily on educating K9 handlers of search and rescue (SAR) dogs. The organization reached hundreds of handlers in states across North America, teaching dog/human teams to search for lost hunters, missing children,  and Alzheimer patients who wandered from their care facilities.  PoL provided training opportunities for law enforcement and other working canine disciplines, and contributed significantly to canine working teams.


In 2017, Robin Greubel embarked on a journey to grow the organization and focus on all working dogs, training and coaching the human end of the leash to better serve and collaborate with our canine partners. The ultimate objective of K9Sensus is to build world-class training opportunities on the land Greubel owns with her husband in Lucas, Iowa.

The Latin translation of perception is Sensus, hence the name K9Sensus. Everything we do is led by the dog’s responses to stimuli and our recognition that a dog’s senses are elevated – hundreds of times more attuned to environments than those of humans. Through academic research and demonstrable field training, we teach trainers to recognize the language dogs use to communicate their responses to those stimuli.

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