One of the best breeds to train as a K9 officer is the pit bulls. With this, it came as no surprise when the Spur Police Department invested their time and effort in training this dog named Dodger. Dodger came from an animal shelter before making his way to the police department.
The dog spent at least two years of his life in an animal shelter. He only got freed when a unique partnership between the Animal Farm Foundation’s Detection Dog Grant Program and the police department got signed. Dodger was chosen to be one of the dogs that the department will train to become a full-fledged K9 officer.
Officer Eric Keaton became Dodger’s handler. During Dodger’s training, the trainers were amused by the dog’s display of courage and willingness to learn. While the dog struggled during some parts of the training, the trainers understood it. For them, the series of battery tests is a way to gauge whether a dog is capable of becoming a K9 officer. Although Dodger lacks some ability, the trainers believe he is a perfect fit for the program.
After a few months, the dog passed the series of tests to become a full-fledged K9 officer. This made officer Keaton very pleased. Officer Keaton said that he believes that Dodger is ready for any challenges that may come his way.
The two were then deployed to the real world. On Dodger’s first day of duty, he was so excited to deliver his task. The first assignment for Dodger and Officer Keaton was to do a drug bust. Seven hours into his first deployment, Dodger was successful in sniffing out drugs in an abandoned camper trailer.
According to officer Keaton, the dog’s reaction became instrumental in the department’s seizing of14.3 grams of methamphetamine. It was an excellent job for Dodger on his first day.
Credits to K9 Dodger and Officer Keeton.