About Yolo Canine Academy

Renee Lancaster has been training dogs since she was a teenager and has raised German Shepherds and Rottweilers since the age of 18. Renee purchased her first German Shepherd in 1980 and embarked in on her journey into the German dog sport of Schutzhund. Since that time Renee has trained over 60 dogs for Schutzhund competition; 8 of which have earned a SchIII title, and she has competed in both National and World competitions, including a two time member of the USA World Team.

Her success has captured the attention of the media where Yolo Canine Academy has been highlighted for its community service as home of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, public education, training, as well as becoming an advisor to local celebrities like Chris Webber, Brad Miller, Kerri Kittles, Bonzi Wells, and John Brockman who have all trusted Renee with boarding, training, delivery and private in-home lessons.

Education - Experience

Renee attended college at Fresno State University earning a BS degree in pre-veterinary medicine, and became a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician in 1977. She has experience working for numerous veterinary clinics, including the prestigious University California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital from 1986 until 1994. Her responsibilities included working in the small animal anesthesia department caring for surgical patients and instructing veterinary students. Renee has maintained her veterinary technician license for 33 years which gives her expertise to instruct handlers and care for her own animals as well the ability to handle emergency situations in her boarding and breeding kennel.

Renee's passion for animals and training complimented her transition into law enforcement. Renee became reserve peace office in 1986, and a full time peace officer in 1994 after graduating top 10 in her academy class. Overall, Renee has served 22 years in law enforcement; 7 of those years as a K-9 Handler with Roseville Police Department and Yolo County Sheriff Department. Renee cross trained Axel Vom Markfeld as a police K-9. Renee pioneered the cross training schutzhund dogs for active duty K-9s, in both patrol and narcotic detection missions.

Renee is a POST-certified trainer, which allows her to train and certify law enforcement K-9s for patrol and narcotic work. She has been an expert witness in court cases regarding police service dogs, animal cruelty and training matters.

Competitor - World Champion

Renee and her famous German Shepherd, Axel Vom Markfeld, won numerous awards in local, regional, national championships. Renee and Axel represented the United States in 2 World Schutzhund Championships. As a member of the 1992 World Team, Renee and Axel placed 1st out of 140 teams from around the world; most notable was their score of 99 out of 100 points in protection. The 1992 USA World Team went on to win 1st place overall for the first time in the history of the sport. The following year, Renee was ranked as the number 1 female handler in the world in St. Gallen Switzerland International Invitational in 1993; Renee and Axel earned the top score in protection.

In addition to Axel Vom Markfeld, Renee has also had honor of purchasing Rottweiler Pascha Vom Hegestrauch from Roland Seibel. Pascha had the distinction of being the only Rottweiler to have ever earned 300 out of 300 points in SchIII.

Axel passed at the age of 13, and Renee acquired her second dog from Germany, Ex Vom Grubwaldeke "Eike". Eike was certified for police patrol and narcotic detection and successfully crossed over to earn his SchIII in national USA events. Today numerous police agencies use this same concept by purchasing already titled Schutzhund and dogs and training them for police service work. Renee proved her training techniques produce solid results participating in the Police Olympics from 1995-1999, where Renee and Ex earned silver and gold medals each year. In 1998, Renee and Eike earned the Gold Medal Overall for the California summer games in Contra Costa.

Rescue - Community Service - Giving Back

Yolo Canine Academy is the proud home of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Renee Lancaster is devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, abused and neglected canines. For more information on how you can be a part of this worthwhile cause or to learn more about our Adoptable Dogs please visit www.rottsoffriends.com.

A country girl at heart, Renee is an experienced rider, competing in 4H and Rodeo. Her facility includes horses, llamas, cows, goats, a donkey and mule, chickens and her rescued Holstein Cow, "Dooley".

  • 22 Years Law Enforcement, Roseville Police Department and Yolo County Sheriff's Department
  • 7 Years Police K9 Handler (narcotics detection and patrol)
  • Expert Witness testimony - narcotics, K9 handling, use of force, aggression
  • Owner/trainer of Yolo Canine Academy and 29 Palms Pet Resort (1995-present)
  • West Coast Regional Director of the American Boarding Kennels Association (2004-2007)
  • Founder, Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue (2007-present)
  • Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) - Certified Police Service Dog Trainer
  • Police Service Dog Trainer 1986 to present
  • Registered Veterinary Health Technician - California License Number 002299
  • President Yolo County Schutzhund Club