Minocqua K-9 TrainingSubmitted: 09/09/2019
Minocqua K-9 Training
Story By Zackery White

MINOCQUA - Police dog handlers from Madison took a trip to the Northwoods this week to bring a new tool to the K-9 officers in the area.

Six local agencies gathered in Minocqua today for a scent detection course.

The training is unique because it is scent specific to the person that is being tracked.

"There's a couple different types of training out there for tracking and trailing and this is just one more way to do it," said Detective Sgt. Matthew Tate, with the Minocqua Police Department.

Some officers say that this type of training has improved their dogs' tracking skills.

"I was introduced to it probably about a year ago, I started training it in my K9 partner Jennings and then I transitioned to where I wanted to take the actual course right from Madison."

"I learned the philosophies from another agency and saw a big change in my K9 partners tracking," said Tate

Some officers say that there are multiple types of scent trainings and this one offers another tool in their toolbox.

Police say the training is beneficial due to the heavily wooded areas in North Central Wisconsin

It allows the K-9's to stay focused on the track that they are supposed to follow.

"The training or tracking that a lot of departments were doing before is if that area was contaminated by an other human beings the dog was unable to sort out what track he was supposed to follow. He was following a ground disturbance, which was the most fresh ground disturbance," said Jim Donnell, retired Madison Police Officer.

This training has people who are going through their second round.

One Rhinelander police officer says he and his K-9 partner has have some success with finding missing people.

"You just learn new things, maybe things that I have not have picked up before, fine-tune some things with my dog and I but it's an amazing training I have had some success with locating missing people," said Chad Brown, with the Rhinelander Police Officer

The program has been proven to be successful over the years. It has trained over 200 officers in the state.

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