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Mr. Platunov started his canine handling career in Estonia in 1980, with the Working Dog Club of the Voluntary Society for Promotion of Army, Air Force and Navy (DOSAAF). In 1984, Mr. Platunov completed the Canine Handler Special Course and received Certification as a Working Dogs Trainer/ Instructor. Additionally, in 1985, the DOSAAF licensed Mr. Platunov as Judge for Working Dogs, after completing the appropriate coursework. He has served as a judge for dog shows in Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. During the period of 1984-85, Mr. Platunov started his professional career as a Trainer for canine obedience and protection, by conducting classes and training with members of the Working Dog Club of DOSAAF and their dogs. In 1985, with his own dog, he joined the Special Emergency Rescue Forces Canine Training Center in South Ural, within the Soviet Army (USSR). In the Center, Mr. Platunov continued his professional growth and completed courses in Explosive Devices Detection Canine Handler and Mine Detection Dogs Handler. Field experience soon followed in 1985-1986 as an MDD Handler, in Afghanistan. After being wounded and his subsequent recovery, he was returned to the Training Center in South Ural, in the capacity of Canine Handler and Trainer/Instructor. In 1987 he was honorably discharged from the USSR Army.

Mr. Platunov has worked as Instructor of K-9 Security, Department of Military Kennels of High Security Clearance, at the South Ural Railway (Cheliabinsk City), within the Department of Transportation. He supervised and performed tracking, explosive detection, patrol training and the work of over 120 guard/detection dogs in the kennel. In 1990 Mr. Platunov started his work for the Department of Trade as the Kennel Master, Trainer – Instructor, of the K-9 Security Department. There, he trained guard dogs in explosives detection, as well as patrol. In 1990, Mr. Platunov founded Kohla-Jarve Kennel Club and organized annual dog shows in Estonia and working trials for dogs. He served as president of Breeding and Judging Commissions. At the same time, he founded Est–Alfa Kennel that was named after the dog who saved his life in Afghanistan, a few years before.

Mr. Platunov’s private sector experience in Canine handling began with the breeding, training and exhibition of German Shepherd dogs, followed by Dobermans, Caucasian Ovcharkas, Central Asian Ovcharkas and South Russian Ovcharkas. In 1993 Mr. Platunov moved from Estonia to New York, USA, where he organized a dog training school for the Brooklyn Pet Lovers. In 1995 he founded and presided over the Kings County Kennel Club of NY, as its president. The Club was the first ever official representative of Russian Breeds in the United States, with approval of the Russian Kynological Federation (RKF). In 2000, the Russian Kynological Federation issued him an RKF/FCI Judge License for the “All–breeds” Level–CAC. He was also licensed for several breeds at International Level – CACIB. In 2001 Russian Kynological Federation issued his RKF/FCI Dog Trainer-Instructor license. In 1998 – 2001 the Club held four annual All–Breed Dog Shows, six breed specialty shows and multiple seminars.

Mr. Platunov was a member of RKF (Russian Kynological Federation); member of Estonian Kennel Club and Honor President of Kings County Kennel Club of NY; member of the Russian Imperial Association of Correct Hunting and Purebred Dogs. In past past he has also served as a member and president of the North American Section of several International Breed Clubs of the Caucasian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, South Russian Ovcharka and Black Russian Terrier.

In 2010, Mr. Platunov founded and presided over the Caucasian Ovcharka Club USA, Inc. – a non–profit organization. The Caucasian Ovcharka Club USA (COCUSA) is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of Caucasian Ovcharka purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. Founded in 2010, uniting the pre-existing kennels, “one-dog-owners” and unprofessional breeders, COCUSA advocates for the purebred Caucasian dog as a family guardian and companion, propagating the dignity of the breed and its working quality, advancing canine health and well-being, and working to protect the rights of all dog owners and promoting responsible dog ownership.

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