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Executive Protection Program candidate Wade Morrell relaxes and removes a dog from his bite suit after decoy drills at Vohne Liche Kennels.

Executive Protection Program candidate Wade Morrell relaxes and removes a dog from his bite suit after decoy drills at Vohne Liche Kennels. (View larger version)

Photograph by Jay Ross Barwick

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  • Europe is a major supplier of police and military dogs for the United States.

  • Dogs from Europe learn commands in their native language.

  • Executive protection dogs can protect their high profile owners in their day-to-day lives.

  • The price for protection dogs runs from $25,000-$50,000.

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

  • When a dog is referred to as "soft", it means they have a low hunt drive.

  • Decoys represent a perpetrator that a dog is trying to apprehend.

  • Decoys use full bite suits, bite sleeves, and bite pants to protect themselves from dog bites.

  • Wade Morrell is a 12-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department in Ohio. Wade spent four years in the U.S. Marines.

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