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VLK Head of Military Operations Bobby Roettger explains odor imprinting techniques to kennel worker Cassidy Sausaman at the VLK box room.  Odor imprinting allows the trainers to teach the dogs how to smell explosives.

VLK Head of Military Operations Bobby Roettger explains odor imprinting techniques to kennel worker Cassidy Sausaman at the VLK box room.  Odor imprinting allows the trainers to teach the dogs how to smell explosives. (View larger version)

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  • Brent Heaton is a K-9 officer with the Terre Haute Police Department.

  • A Fur Saver Collar is a collar designed to prevent wearing of the fur on the dog's neck.

  • It is important a police dog is comfortable around gunfire so they can focus on the bad guy in real situations.

  • T.E.D.D. stands for Tactical Explosive Detector Dog.

  • The average T.E.D.D. class size at VLK is 25.

  • The act of imprinting allows the dog to associate the smell of an odor to receiving a tennis ball. If the dog finds the odor and sits, then they get the tennis ball.

  • Joe Bumbaugh is a K-9 handler for the Winona Lake Police Department in Winona Lake, IN.

  • Officer Bumbaugh's last police K-9, Hugo, died on May 12, 2012.

  • Kenny and the VLK trainers establish a dog's hunt drive by using a tennis ball.

  • Tracking is where a K-9 hunts a person by following their odor.

  • Dual-purpose dogs are capable of criminals performing patrol work and narcotics detection.

  • A road clear is where a military K-9 advances ahead of a unit to sweep for explosive devices hidden in the ground.

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