CEO of K9Sensus
Robin has been involved in detection work since 2001, beginning in wilderness and human remains detection (HRD), which expanded into disaster work. She trains and deploys with Nebraska Task Force 1 and Iowa Task Force 1. She now trains in other detection dog disciplines.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where she is an instructor and evaluator for both live and HRD
Alliance for Emergency Response Instructors and Examiners (AERIE), where she is a certified search manager, a search management instructor and Director of the Canine Branch
National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), where she is a certified search manager, a search management instructor and Canine Lead Evaluator in most disciplines
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) as an Canine Evaluator
She’s certified numerous dogs in area search, wilderness HRD, disaster and disaster HRD. She's also certified dogs in narcotics and explosives detection. Robin responds to requests by various law enforcement agencies in and around the state of Iowa to aid in search management and to resolve cases with her canines. In 2006 she founded the Paws of Life Foundation, which was dedicated to the education and training of search and rescue (SAR) working dog handlers. Its online classes have served handlers throughout the United States and various other countries.
Paws of Life Foundation, now K9Sensus Foundation, expands its reach to focus on all working dogs, training the other end of the leash to better serve and collaborate with our K9 partners.
Robin instructs throughout the nation in diverse specialties. By training the trainer/handler, she provides students with a deeper understanding of the behaviors they are trying to achieve. Robin’s focus remains on meeting the dog at its level, decoding animal perceptions and responses to stimuli. Her progressive, research-based training translates theory into practice, empowering people to collaborate with their canine partners.
Robin holds a master of arts in community and regional planning, which prepared her to anticipate and respond to behavioral changes, identify common language among diverse humans and animals, facilitate dialogue, and identify the common ground that ensures success in the field. She is an associate certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. She serves as a subject matter expert for the AAFS Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body. She served as Academic Outreach Manager at DuPont Pioneer from 2012–2017; prior to that she served as Iowa State University Foundation Director of Development, Corporate, and Foundation Relations from 2007–2012. Robin was the Iowa State University College of Business Director of Industry Relations from 2003–2007.
"Robin’s ability to collaborate among multiple related organizations and partners enables her to build productive relationships with colleagues to advance organizational objectives. When it comes down to it, acquiring top talent and developing teams is critical for the ongoing strength and vitality of any organization. Robin does this so well."
Paul E. Schickler,
Owner, III Ag, LLC (Agriculture – Education – Community)
President, DuPont Pioneer (Retired)