About the 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.

Dogs for Sale

Yolo Canine Academy home of world famous Vom Riegelhaus Kennels is proud to offer for sale German Shepherd and Rottweiler puppies and trained adults for Police Service Dogs, Schutzhund Competition Prospects, Home Personal Protection and/or Pet Companion.

Training Services

Whether you acquired your dog from Vom Riegelhaus Kennels or purchased your dog elsewhere, quality training at Yolo Canine Academy will bring out the potential in your dog. While not all dogs canines do not possess the necessary quality to be trained for the advance skills of police service, Schutzhund or personal protection, all dogs can benefit from training and obedience programs, regardless of age, breed, or temperament.


Yolo Canine Academy is full service training, breeding, and boarding facility. Renee was appointed the West Coast Regional Director for the National American Boarding Kennel Association for four years. Her responsibilities included being a consultant for the West Coast region to businesses building managing or maintain a boarding or training facility for dogs.


Renee's kennel has also been represented in major motion pictures, including Letters from a Killer starring Patrick Swayze and the sci-fi thriller Day After Tomorrow, staring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Animal Rescue

Renee is now retired from her full time law enforcement position, and focuses on running her facility fulltime. As a responsible breeder, and with a passion for Rottweilers and German Shepherd Dogs, she founded Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, a California non-profit charitable corporation.