About Us


All of our training staff hold certificates, awards and commendations in the working dog community, both here in the USA and abroad.


Irene Howcroft, Owner & Trainer
Irene founded Ruidoso Malinois and oversees the kennel's programs. She is a certified trainer and has brought a scientific approach to clarifying the needs to push standards in the breed to a higher level. In the counter-narcotics community, she is known for developing and instructing the first U.S. Department of State K-9 program for the Department of Corrections, Mexico. Her breeding program, development and nutrition based programs are the baseline to numerous K-9 programs here in the USA. Irene is an instructor at the Police K-9 seminar in Las Vegas Nevada.


Talent Chaza, Trainer
Talent has 14 years K-9 experience. He worked with Mine Dog Centre/Mine Tech, South Africa, where he trained mine detector and explosives detector dogs. Talent deployed in Mozambique and Angola as a mine detector dog handler. Talent also worked for the Department of Defense (USA) in Afghanistan as an explosives detector handler and as a patrol dog trainer.


Brian Chinhara, Trainer
Brian has 16 years K-9 experience, working with Mine Dog Centre/Mine Tech, South Africa where he trained mine detector and explosives Detector dogs. Brain deployed in Mozambique and Angola as a mine detector dog handler. Brian also worked for the Department of Defense (USA) in Afghanistan as an explosives detector handler and as a patrol dog trainer. Brian has worked in the United States as a police K-9 trainer and trainer for civilian protection dogs prior to joining Ruidoso Malinois.


Clint Moton, Guest Decoy
Clint is at Ruidoso Malinois for several days monthly bringing with him fresh eyes on each dog, and a variance of techniques and skill application. Clint decoys for French Ring, Mondio Ring, KNPV, PSA and Police K9 and has a wealth of knowledge and skill in developing and advancing dogs.


Guest Trainers
We have a consistently revolving staff of guest trainers that allow us to remain current in the evolving world of counter-narcotics, patrol, tracking and explosives work. They are comprised of retired and active military, law enforcement and non-government personnel. We are embedded in the community to not only train to a higher standard but also utilize unique perspectives of guest trainers to the modernization and application of keeping K9 teams efficient.


Rebecca, Kennel Technician
Becky is responsible for kennel maintenance and assists in the facility development. Becky is a treasured member of the team.


With large contracts other certified trainer team members are available to ensure that these contracts are fulfilled in a professional timely manner to the highest standard.