Cobra Canine Staff

Jeff Franklin

jeffJeff is the owner and CEO of Cobra Canine. He has dedicated over 22 years developing the finest training techniques for police dogs, tactical obedience, drug and explosive detection, tracking, personal protection, and pet obedience. As a Canine expert, Jeff has trained over 4,000 dogs of most all breeds, including pets for civilian life.  He has also trained hundreds of canine handlers across the United States in all walks of life. Jeff has trained hundreds of dogs for police and special operations, such as SWAT, ERT and Military units.  He has sharpened his abilities by training in Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan, and both South and Central America. Jeff has been responsible for training, certifying, and ensuring that police as well as military working dogs were ready to deploy in today’s theaters of operations.  Jeff has been directly responsible for serving the needs of several large programs including the Department of State, Pentagon, US Customs, Algeria Anti-Terrorist unit, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador’s National Police and Government Palace and numerous U.S. Police Departments. Jeff has over ten years of real world experience as a police canine handler and trainer, and has seen first hand results of his efforts.

Ulrika Franklin

Ulrika is the Director of Operations for Cobra Canine. With over fourteen years of business, management and marketing experience she manages the Cobra Canine team in all business aspects. She specializes in personnel relations, customer support, business development, marketing strategies, apparel design, media relations and contracting. Ulrika is the FSO (Facility Security Officer) of Cobra Canine and maintains the Clearance Information for the Company as well as for the entire staff. She is our GSA Contract Specialist and Contract Writer.

Brent Verner

Brent Verner, K9 trainerBrent Verner is an 8 year veteran of Special Operations. He served as an operator, MPC handler and trainer for 1st Ranger Battalion. He has several deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East in various capacities. He has trained US and Host Nation Special Operations MPC teams, as well as local and federal law enforcement K9 and SWAT teams. He was an instructor for the DOS Global Anti-Terrorism Assistance program and acted as an Operational Advisor for the Asymmetric Warfare Group. Brent enjoys many dog sports including Schutzhund, French Ring, Lure Coursing and Earthdog competitions.

Adam Franklin

AdamAdam has worked for Cobra Canine since he was a teenager. He has been involved with every aspect of canine care, handling and training for many years. He has proven himself as a canine professional the last few years by providing kennel support and training for the US Military. Adam's specialties include decoying, bite work, detection, pet dog obedience, tracking and sport dogs.

Chad Meeks

Chad_MeeksChad is a fifteen year veteran of law enforcement, with over a decade of Multi-Purpose Canine handling and training experience. He has served in a variety of capacities including Patrol Canine Trainer and Handler, Explosive Detector Canine Trainer and Handler, Narcotics Detector Canine Trainer, Field Training Officer, and certified Patrol/Utility Trainer for the Virginia Police Work Dog Association. As a Multi-Purpose Canine Handler, Chad was utilized by the United States Secret Service in screening venues for multiple Presidential visits to the Hampton Roads area. Additionally, Chad has assisted with venue screenings and checkpoints with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, Virginia State Police, and a multitude of local municipalities. Chad also served Honorably for eight years in the United States Marine Corps prior to starting his career in law enforcement. He currently provides curriculum and training for Multi-Purpose Canine teams for the US Military.

Cameron Ford

Cameron Ford, K9 trainerCameron Ford has been in K-9 for 20 years. First serving the U.S. Air Force as a Military Working Dog Handler and Trainer. Cameron is one of very few American’s ever to attend the German Polizei working dog school in Eckenbach Germany. After leaving the Air Force, Cameron operated a Police Dog training school in Orlando FL. Cameron has also worked as a Police officer in FL and TX, working as a K-9 handler, State Instructor, National Evaluator, and SWAT operator. In recent years Cameron has worked in the Government Contractor field overseeing the training school and deployment of over 200 K-9 teams in the middle east. Currently Cameron provides training for Multi-Purpose Canine teams for the US Military.

Brandon Liebert

Brandon LiebertBrandon Liebert has over 11 years of experience in training and handling Military Working Dogs as well as Contract Working Dogs. He began his career as a Military Working Dog Handler in the United States Marine Corps and worked his way up to becoming a trainer for the Military Working Dog Program. After 8 years of service, he then went on to handling and training Contract Working Dogs for various Private Security Contractors. He deployed various times to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as assisted various Federal and local law enforcement agencies. Brandon also worked as an Explosives Detection Canine Handler for the Department of Homeland Security and helped train personal pets for Petsmart in his spare time.

Chris Williams

Chris WilliamsChris joined the U.S. Army in 2007, at 18 and spent almost four years with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division including a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq from 2008 to 2009. After getting out of the Army in 2011, he attended the Cleveland State Community College Police Academy. In 2012, Chris went began work with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee. He has spent his law enforcement career on patrol and am one of the Field Training Officers (FTO) with the department. Williams attended the Cobra Canine K9 Handler course and has been a K9 Handler with the department since March 2016. He assists the Cobra Canine team with multiple aspects of canine care, handling, transport and relocation.

Fred Buckley

Fred BuckleyFred Buckley joined the U.S Army in 2002 and was assigned to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT) 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four). Fred was deployed to Mosul, Iraq from October 2004 to October 2005. During that time Deuce Four played a crucial role in the Battle of Mosul. During that battle, the battalion saw some of the heaviest, sustained fighting of the insurgency to date. Fred was awarded several medals and ribbons and the unit was also awarded the Valorous Unit Award. After his service he joined the Department of Energy in 2006 where he started on the Tactical Response Force. Then became a canine handler and trainer for 9 years. Fred worked and trained multi-purpose teams to USPCA standards at times winning regional and national awards. During times as handler and trainer did joint operations with ATF and other agencies working the Super Bowl, Final Four, Sugar Bowl, and other events. Fred is currently one of our K9 Trainers on the West Coast.

Abigail

Abigail 55 pounds of lean muscle. She's a lean, mean, working and biting machine. She's also the image you see in our logo. She's an amazing partner and can usually be found right next to Jeff at any given time of the day. There isn't much she can't do and she likes it that way. Jeff has had Abby since the day she was born and she is the Best Dog he has ever had.

Honor

HonorA 30 pound red running machine. You probably haven't seen one before, but she's a member of the sitehound family- a Pharaoh Hound. She's the fastest thing on four legs since the invention of the laser or the speed of light. She's the free spirited red dog you will find by Ulrika's side.

Valor

ValorValor is our 64 pound German Shorthair Pointer. She’s Energetic, Eager To Please and Keen on her Family, the 4 Wheeler and anything having to do with water. An all around family dog- with a big heart and tons of muscle and athleticism. She is Trained in Explosives Detection and is a Natural Born Bird Dog.