Very few have reached the pinnacle of achievement. To be a part of the PSA 3 club, dogs must have passed obedience and protection to earn their Level 1 Title, two legs to earn their Level 2 Title, and two legs to earn their Level 3 Title. This achievement is no easy feat. To reach it shows the amazing relationship between dog and handler. This page is dedicated to celebrating this team. If you have a PSA 3 dog and would like to add a photo/bio please email it here.
PROTECTION SPORTS ASSOCIATION – PSA III CLUB
#1 K9 RICARDO
#2 K9 PORTER
#3 K9 SENNA
#4 K9 ROCKY
#5 K9 BULLET
K9 Bullet Info
Bullet won 4 Nationals, back to back PSA 3 Nationals, and he officially got 1st place at 19 of the 21 trials he competed in, including Nationals and Regionals. He was the youngest dog to earn a PSA 3 and he got BOTH legs of his PSA 3 title in only 3 attempts, faster than any other dog I’ve heard of.
He died of old age at 13 and a half years old after years of working in Oscar winning movies like “D’Jango Unchained”. He was in hundreds of TV shows, commercials and movies over his 12 year working career. He worked more than any other dog in the history of the movie business.
#6 K9 ASJA
K9 Asja Info
Greg began training Asja as a six-week old puppy for PSA. It didn’t take long for Greg to realize that Asja was a once in a lifetime dog. The bond they had made training look easy as evident from the first trial they entered together on 6/4/06, taking 1st Place in the PSA Level 1 Novice, High Obedience Overall for Trial, High Protection Overall for Trial, Tagor van Joefarm Memorial Award, Ben von Lowenfell’s Memorial Award, 6/4/06. Greg and Asja went on to not only earn their titles in all levels of competition but placing 1st often.
On 5/2/09 with very little training that year Greg and Asja decided last minute to make an attempt for their 1st leg to the coveted PSA 3 title. Not expecting to do real well, Greg and Asja not only earned the first leg to the PSA 3 title, they went on to win the level 3.
After four more failed attempts, on 8/4/10, Greg and Asja would again take the field in Stafford, VA. On that day, Greg and Asja earned their 2nd leg, thereby closing out the PSA 3 title, and taking first place in that level. This made Greg and Asja only the 6th team in PSA history to earn the title and the last team to earn it at 80% of the points in each scenario with protection scenarios being worth 60 points. In all, Greg and Asja earned their PSA 3 title three times.
#7 K9 BLITZEN
#8 K9 REX
#9 K9 ZUKO
Zuko PSA 3, HoF
I acquired Zuko (Cartuck van Joefarm) at 9 months old as my first competition dog and from the very beginning achieving a PSA 3 was my ultimate goal. I had grown up playing sports and chose PSA as a way to stay involved in something that was both competitive and required discipline. I know that I made many rookie mistakes along the way and Zuko could not have been more forgiving and/or a better dog for a first time handler. Zuko trusted me yet was independent in his work, he was not a soft dog yet was responsive to correction, he was a fast dog with powerful grips, he was unphased by environmental distractions and all of these combined is what made his success on the trial field possible. I don’t think folks were too sure what to expect out of this long-haired Malinois but I knew in my heart this dog would take on whatever I threw at him.
My goal as a handler was to earn titles and place at each trial. The first trial we entered was in 2007, we passed our PSA 1 (PDC was offered but not required at that time) and placed 3rd. I was upset with myself on some handler errors that cost some points but overall happy that we passed on our first try and took home a trophy. The next trial we passed again and then took 1st place, High Obedience, High Protection as well as all of the PSA plaques. I was shocked as I NEVER expected to get these. The streak continued through Nationals along with my shock on earning so many awards. We also earned the High Overall Score award for level 1 that year, an award that I didn’t even know existed. This year I truly felt that Zuko carried me through the competitions. We were the 2007 level 1 National Champions.
We then prepped for level 2 and after a couple of showings in that level, Zuko got injured. Not a huge injury but one that pestered our training time. This set us back on time but neither of us lost an ounce of will. In 2009 we earned our PSA 2, earned more hardware and were the level 2 National Champions.
In 2010 we showed for the first time in level 3 at the East Coast Regionals taking 1st place and winning High Obedience and High Protection. We showed for the second time at Nationals and were the 2010 level 3 Vice Champions. In 2011 Zuko came down with Lymes Disease. He seemed to be responding to the treatment and we were able to get some time on the field, earning our first leg of our PSA 3 in June of that year. Right after that trial, things went downhill with the Lymes Disease and I wasn’t sure if Zuko would ever step on a trial field again. The Lymes inflamed his previous injury, he was unresponsive to the usual treatment and had a bad reaction to the medication causing other health issues and even seizures. We both fought through this time and we were able to find the correct treatment for him. I was able to rehab him back to working again just in time to show at Nationals where we closed out our PSA 3 title. I decided to retire him at this point but that only lasted until a few weeks out from the 2012 Nationals. He was physically doing well so we knocked out some training sessions and registered for Nationals strictly to have fun and allow Zuko to do what he loved the most. He left me in shock once again, becoming the 2012 National Champion and earring the High Obedience and High Protections trophies. This was his final showing in PSA and the perfect way to end his career.
Zuko’s legacy continues in the sport as he has numerous offspring titled in PSA, including two sons with a PSA 3.
#10 K9 UZI
#11 K9 COPA
#12 K9 MOSES
K9 Moses Info
Joe Parks is a career firefighter and medic for the city of Springdale Ohio. Married with two daughters. Joe got involved in PSA in 2008 and became a judge in 2015. Moses achieved his PSA1 at just over two years old. Joe said “We then failed our level 2, 12 times. Passing successfully on try 13 and 14 becoming the first GSD to achieve this title.” Moses achieved his PSA3 2014 becoming the 12th dog to achieve this honor. Moses passed away in 2016 and received a posthumous hall of fame induction in 2017. He is greatly missed by Joe and his family and all of us in PSA.
#13 K9 SEVEN
#14 K9 FOSKO
#15 K9 ODIN
#16 K9 ROCKY
#17 K9 FELOYN
#18 K9 ICHI
K9 Ichi Info
“Every once in a while a dog enters your life and changes everything.”
Kieli received Ichi as a puppy. Despite being born with a cleft palate and breathing issues she started training for PSA with the hopes he would grow up to be her first competition dog. She spent years focused on not only building a great relationship with Ichi but also growing as a handler on the PSA field. Kieli would like to recognize so many people, as their achievements do not belong to just her. They belong to all of the people who have put in countless hours decoying for Ichi. Those who offered her a place to train. Experienced competitors who gave priceless advice and guidance, and all the amazing people who believed in team Ichi.
The unicorn and best good boy, Ichi:
– 5 time highest overall obedience score in trial
– 5 time highest overall protection score in trial
– 3 time high owner trained award
– 3 time high in trial award
– 3 time high club award
– 2 time decoy pick dog award
– First Place
PSA Level 1:
– 3 Legs, one with Highest Distinction
– 3 First place in trial awards
– 2014 East Coast Regional Champion
– 2014 National Vice Champion
PSA Level 2:
– 5 Legs
– 4 First place in trial awards
– 2015 East Coast Regional Vice Champion
– 2015 National Vice Champion
– Highest overall score in the nation of 2016
PSA Level 3:
– 5 Legs
– 4 First place awards in trial
– 2017 National Vice Champion
– Highest overall score in the nation of 2018
– First female handler to achieve 5 legs in the 3’s
#19 K9 DANNY
Danny PSA 3
Danny is from a PSA breeding of Zuko (PSA 3) x Isis (PSA 1). He was sold as a pup to a police officer that had the goal of training him for work. When Danny was just turning 2 I received a call asking if I was interested in testing him as the officer never had the opportunity to train him. I took Danny immediately with the plan on finding what best suited him, not with the plan of keeping him. He tested strong for police work so I trained him for patrol, narcotics detection and tracking with the purpose to be sold to a department. As I got close to selling him, I had a gut feeling that I would regret it. I hadn’t even considered him for PSA at this point but went with my gut. I am thankful everyday for that! Once I decided to keep Danny and compete with him in PSA, of course my goal was to obtain a second PSA 3. And what better than to do that with Zuko’s son?
Danny is a much different dog to work than Zuko was. He is a very powerful and serious dog, that is not soft to correction. His intensity in his work made control a challenge in that setting. Add that he had 2 full years of “getting his way” to that intensity and that made a lot of work and learning for me. Danny has an excellent balance of independence and is a clear-headed dog so those strengths were key in helping me gain the proper balance of control while continuing to exhibit his power in protection.
At 4 years old, Danny was ready for the trial field and has left a lasting impression of power since. I would say he has one of the most powerful entries on the courage test and feel that most decoys would agree. We earned our PDC at the East Coast Regional event and the following weekend traveled again to the last regular trial of the season to earn our PSA 1 with Highest Distinction, earning High Protection and the PSA plaques. Next was the 2013 Nationals where has passed his PSA 1 again with Highest Distinction. He was the level 1 Vice Champion, took High Protection and was the Decoy’s Choice Top Dog of the weekend.
The following year my training was limited as I had a baby and opened a training facility. In 2015 we were able to work at earning our PSA 2. We struggled some with control and especially that call-off as Danny enjoys that “hit” on the decoy a little too much but we overcame our flaws and earn our PSA 2 back to back days. He was the 2015 East Coast Regional Champion along with earning High Obedience and the PSA plaques.
After earning our PSA 2, I felt that it was best to take a full year off of competition to prepare for our PSA 3. We trained hard in 2016 but ran into an issue of Danny becoming “winded” easily and almost overheating during a mock trial. Turns out that he developed unilateral laryngeal paralysis, making it difficult for him to breath and cool off normally. This did not stop Danny but we did have to take precautions, make adjustments to our training and were limited to trialing during the cooler time of year. In 2017 we were in pursuit of that PSA 3 title! We earned our first leg on just our second attempt. We missed a few other attempts in between and then closed out our PSA 3 at the last regular trial of the season, also taking 1st place in the level 3 out of 7 competitors and High Obedience for the weekend!
Despite being the intense powerhouse in his work, Danny is an extremely social dog that continually gets complimented on his sweet temperament. He has been a great friend and companion to my daughter. I could not ask for a better dog on and off the field!
#20 K9 TUCO
K9 Tuco Info
Celiks Home Tuco, AKA Tuco Beller PSA3 came to me as an 8 week old puppy from Alaettin Celiker of Celiks Home Kennel in The Netherlands. He had a spark in his eyes and desire in his heart from day one. From the time he landed in the US all through his training and trials he has given his full effort to me. He is my foxhole dog, the one who I would take in life or death to any bad place on earth. He never once backed down or hesitated to go anywhere I sent him. I know every person who truly has a bond with their dog feels the same. I would never say he is the best at any one thing, but he has proven to be the best multiple times at many things and I will probably never find another dog like him. He has come back from a fractured jaw to close out in PSA3 in two consecutive trial weekends.
PDC 2014 High PDC, Dallas, TX Judge Jerry Bradshaw
PSA1 2015 1st Place High Protection, High OB, High Owner Trained, High Owner Trained Club, Greeley, Co. Judge Jerry Bradshaw
PSA2 1st leg, 2016 1st Place, Dallas, TX Judge Darryl Richey
PSA2 2nd leg 2016, 1st place, High Protection, High OB, High Owner Trained, High Owner Trained Club, Soddy Daisy, Tenn, Judge Joe Parks
PSA3 2016 PSA3 1st Place National Champion, High Level 3 OB, High Level 3 Protection, Dallas, TX Judge Janet Dooley Edwards
2017 Fractured Jaw
2018 PSA3 1st Leg, 1st Place High Protection, High OB, High Owner Trained, High Owner Trained Club, Houston, TX Judge Mike Wandell
2018 PSA3 2nd Leg, 1st Place High Protection, High OB, High Owner Trained, High Owner Trained Club, Little Rock, AR. Judge Katrina Williams
PSA3 # 20 won all the plaques at every level and twice at level 3.
Have to shout out to my club, We train at K9 Working Dogs of Dallas and could not have asked for a more dedicated and supportive group during Tuco working career. From the Training Director Khoi Pham to all the members who helped us on this journey. Very special thank you to all the decoys who gave their time, effort, mind, body and sometimes soul for us in the heat, the cold, the wind and rain, day or night to ensure our success.
My family for the long days and time away from home and all the encouragement along the way. -Stacey Beller
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#21 K9 COUGAR
#22 K9 KASINO
K9 Kasino Info
BRN 24225 | Kasino Van Dallas K9
Title: PSA 3
*The 22nd dog in the world to achieve this Title.
Son of Berry II X KellyII
I imported Kasino to the USA as a 8wk old pup from The Netherlands to be my next Personal Protection/Competition K-9. Me and Kasino instantly became an perfect match for one another. I really enjoyed taking a pup and raising him to become one the BEST K-9s walking this earth. From the day I picked Kasino up at the airport we had major goals and we achieved them all. Kasino definitely had to be a strong minded dog to withstand the physical and mental beating that comes with the hard training that’s required to become one of the GREATS in the Dog world. Together we’ve won several PSA trials, Iron Dog Competitions, and Personal Protection Competitions. I was offered $110,000.00 usd for Kasino and decided he’s earned a right to live out his years with us the family that loves him. Some dogs are just irreplaceable and we felt that Kasino was one of them. He’s definitely a Top producer as well. Kasino is also known for having Super nerves, crushing fill grips, amazing drives, and second to none clear mind. Thank you for reading this short bio of my Bestfriend Kasino.
*Here’s a few of Kasino Highlights