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Police dog conference help animals get accustomed to job

A lot of animal rescue activists spend their time trying to help canines, but sometimes it's the dogs that help them.

This idea was on the minds of scores of dog handlers at the 12th annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (PNPDDA), which took place in Bellingham, Washington this week, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

"We try to create as real as possible search situations for the dogs," Sgt At Arms Brian O'Dell told the news source."We're just trying to simulate what we encounter in real situations."

Pooches and their policeman handlers, who partner up to locate hidden drugs on the job, spent the week training at different locations in the city. To help animals get accustomed to their duties, drugs were placed in toys and used to play fetch.

"You can search a room with a dog in a minute that will take you 20 minutes to search by hand," O'Dell said. "It's just a tool that saves a lot of time and energy."

According to its website, the PNPDDA is an organization that is dedicated towards fostering professionalism and training of narcotic detection dogs and their handlers.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19807256-ADNFCR
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