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 the first U.S. Department of State K9 program within the Mexican Department of Corrections. Her breeding program, development and nutrition based programs are the baseline to numerous K9 programs here in the USA. Irene is an invited speaker at Police K-9 Seminars nationwide speaking on K-9 psychology and the mind of the dog from whelped to fully trained K-9.


Anthony Napoli, Trainer
Tony has 24 years of experience as a trainer of which 10 years were spent with DoD as a bomb/patrol dog handler and instructor with deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia. Tony brings the expertise and finesse only decades of experience in a vast variety of environments can offer. Tony is a certified decoy.


Hans Echevarria, Trainer
Hans served with the DoD, Navy, as a military working bomb dog handle and completed deployments in Africa. Hans is a certified Decoy who brings with him both a wealth of training and application experience.


Matthew Morgan, Trainer
Matt has a deep passion for Malinois and dog training. He has a quick and impressive ability to engage in a focused and comprehensive manner with each dog he works to ensure the highest progress possible for that individual dog.


Guest Trainers
We have a consistently revolving staff of guest trainers and Instructors 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 facility development. Becky has a personal relationship with every dog and is dedicated to their wellbeing and care. Becky is a highly valued member of our 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.