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K-9 officer talks to Lions on duties, traing of dogs

July 06, 2005

BOONSBORO ? At a recent meeting, the Boonsboro Lions Club members welcomed Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy and K-9 Officer Michael Ochoa and his dog, Baron.

Ochoa talked to the members about the breed of the dog and discussed where these specially bred dogs are obtained.

He also discussed the challenge of training the dog to perform the highly specialized tasks of drug detection, tracking suspects and officer protection.

Ochoa spoke of the impressive ability of the dog to detect drugs and alerting officers to the fact that drugs have been in a car, sometimes days after they were removed.

The deputy emphasized the necessity of the dog being closely bonded to the handler and of the handler being bonded to the dog.

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