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How K9 Training Has Changed Over Three Decades

By Leischen Stelter

For 28 of his 31 years in law enforcement, Robert Dougherty Jr. has worked with police dogs. When he started, most dogs were trained as single-purpose patrol K9s, but today the majority of police departments have adopted cross-training programs so dogs are proficient in several areas of detection. Learn how agencies have changed their training programs for dogs and handlers.