About Lucy Newton

Lucy has a lifetime of experience working with and training a variety of animals.



Lucy has a lifetime of experience working with and training a variety of animals. She is a professional working dog trainer and instructor as well as a lifelong student of dogs and dog training.

She is also a NACSW and AKC Nosework Judge.

Lucy was involved in search and rescue for over 15 years, training numerous personal dogs for wilderness search and rescue as well as land and water human remains detection. 

She has deployed for hundreds of missing person cases in both urban as well as remote wilderness locations. She served as training director for several search and rescue teams and has provided training and instruction to countless SAR dogs and their handlers.


Lucy also worked for over 10 years as a full-time police sergeant and police canine handler.

She handled multiple dual-purpose patrol and detection dogs for her department. All of her police and SAR dogs were raised and trained by her from puppies.

Lucy was a state certified police canine training instructor and served as a field training officer for her department. Lucy has received awards for life saving finds made by her working dogs; they have also had successful finds in human remains detection, evidence recovery, and narcotics detection.


Since 2011, Lucy has served as an instructor and trainer for the Randy Hare School for Dog Trainers, where she provides instruction in working dog training to police, military, search and rescue and professional dog trainers throughout the United States.

Lucy is also an instructor for the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, teaching a wide variety of online tracking courses.

Finally, Lucy serves as a consultant and trainer for FindEm Conservation Detection Dogs, a business based in Colorado that utilizes detection dogs for wildlife conservation research projects.

“If the sights are incorrectly aligned, the net result is an inaccurate shot. Carelessness in obtaining correct sight alignment can usually be traced to the shooter’s failure to realize its importance….” 

— www.bullseyepistol.com



Those familiar with firearms training will recognize the concept of “front sight picture.”

In firearms, when aiming at a target small adjustments in technique can significantly influence accuracy. Ironically by focusing just on the goal — the target — the shooter is less accurate. For success they need to aim for the target, but focus closer in, rather than far away at the goal or target. Correct sight alignment, while it does not require a drastic change in technique, is vitally important to achieving success.

Similarly, in dog training, sometime small changes in technique can result in drastic improvements to the results. The lesson is to aim for a target or goal, but focus on what is right in front of you in order to achieve it. Be aware of small but important adjustments that can be made to your technique.

In her years of working with both working and sport dog trainers Lucy has come to realize that the same principles often apply to dog training. People often need slight adjustments to their techniques in order to achieve much better results. Like all trainers, Lucy has developed a dog training specialty of helping hard working and committed trainers to identify those adjustments and to adjust their “sight picture” in order to achieve their goals.