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K-9 Police Trials

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Police and military working dogs are trained to work at Olympic standards and today they showed what they are made of at the Minot Air Force Base.

The North Dakota Peace Officer Association partnered with the Minot Air Force Base to bring the 2013 K-9 Police Trials to the base for the first time in the history of the event.

The event consists of three separate tests in which the K-9 teams competed for the best times.

The dogs were challenged to detect narcotics and explosives and navigate through a rescue obstacle course.

Thirteen working dogs from across the state competed in the event.

One canine trainer at the Minot Air Force Base has been training dogs for over 8 years and says he uses these same obstacles to prepare the dogs for real-life situations.

(Sgt. Steven Kaun, Military Working Dog Trainer)"Every object that you see out here, simulates something: the window-going and getting a suspect through a window, the catwalk which is just off to my right-that same thing, they're walking across a narrow bridge or jumping over something or crawling under or through something. Everything out here has a purpose and we even have more objects that aren't out here such as stairs and stuff like that."

Trophies and prizes will be awarded this evening to the winning canine teams

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