Steve Stoops and Sonja Nordstrom, have been crossing paths in the professional K9 world since 1997 as colleagues with like minded training philosophies and a passion for the working dog. They “walk the walk” in some of the world’s most dangerous places and know what it is to rely on a dog for security.

Steven Stoops

  • 28 years working and training K9s as a Law Enforcement Officer and with the Department of Defense
  • Decorated Police Officer
  • Recipient of Presidential Award for exceptional K9 work
  • Internationally recognized K9 subject matter expert assisting elite military units to implement working dog programs
  • Selected and trained hundreds of K9s and successfully placed them in the field
  • Developed many training philosophies utilized today in the working dog world
  • Implemented and provided training for numerous government K9 programs in the United States and Abroad
  • Trained dogs for the Department of Justice’s “International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program” in Tirana, Albania
  • Lead K9 trainer for Afghan President Hamid Karsai’s protection detail in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Security Specialist at US Embassies throughout Europe and South America
  • Qualified expert witness with the United States Federal Courts on the subject of protection dogs
  • Publisher of two working dog magazines
  • Personal security for A-List celebrity at Grammy Awards

Sonja Nordstrom

  • FBI Special Agent (retired) specializing in the investigation of Crimes Against Children and violent crimes
  • 23 years working and training K9s
  • 10 years K9 Specialist Handler for the FBI Evidence Response Team in Los Angeles
  • Search and recovery K9 deployments throughout the Western U.S. and internationally, including the Pentagon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East, Mexico, and Europe
  • Victim recoveries with K9s which led to homicide convictions and WWII MIA pilot recoveries assisted by K9
  • Provided K9 training and instruction to law enforcement and Search and Rescue K9 teams from as far away as Puerto Rico
  • Recipient of U.S. Attorney’s Office Case Agent Investigative Excellence Awards 2002 and 2014 and FBI NCAVC Coordinator and FBI IINI (Innocent Images National Initiative) Coordinator
  • Published numerous working dog articles
  • Lectured to hundreds of law enforcement homicide investigators regarding the use of K9s in investigations
  • Trainer and Certifying Official of Search and Rescue K9s
  • Trained and titled dogs in the K9 protection sports of Schutzhund, French Ring, and Mondio Ring

As a Heimdallr K9 Services client, you receive not just a loyal canine companion, but also a skilled team that provides personal attention and training to integrate a Heimdallr Dog into your life.