Woodbury Police Piloting New K-9 Program Where Dogs Are Trained at Department

September 06, 2018 06:00 PM

A new approach to the Woodbury Police Department's K-9 unit could save the department, and taxpayers, thousands of dollars.

Thanks to a nonprofit, the department purchased two puppies. But instead of arriving from overseas already trained, the puppies are learning what it takes to be a K-9 in Woodbury, and they are learning by following around working K-9s.


"We have some stuff that can be scary for dogs when we encounter (it) for the first time," Sgt. Jason Posel said. "Things like stairs, slippery floors, noises, things like that. But by being pack animals, they gain confidence by watching other dogs of their pack not be affected by those things."

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Posel said the big benefit is that the puppies are trained specifically for the needs of the Woodbury Police Department. They are also learning tracking skills much earlier, which will aid in searching for missing children and vulnerable adults, suspects and evidence.

You can track the progress of the new puppies by clicking here.


Lindsey Brown

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