Maysville Police Officer Jeff Hord recently underwent training for the handling of a police dog in Brown County Ohio.Hord
is shown with the department's new K-9 officer, Misho
..."He found crack cocaine in a vehicle," said Officer Jeff Hord, who is the officer assigned to the dog.Hord
spent six weeks in training to learn how to handle a canine.Misho
spent two weeks with Hord
to bond.David Johnson of Southern Ohio K-9 wanted Hord to become familiar with the dog and the dog to become familiar with a new home.
The dog, which came from Holland, is cross-trained to sniff narcotics and assist with apprehending a suspect, Hord
said.Most dogs are trained only in narcotics.
said if the dog can be taken to where the child was last seen, then he
can track the child.
Part of Hord's
training was tracking.The dog learned to sniff for crushed vegetation to find where a person had been walking.
Dogs can sniff a scent for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time, according to the officers.Then the animals have to rest for awhile.Hord
also had to practice carrying 100 pounds out of the field, swamp or other area where the dog had led.
"You are simulating carrying the dog out if it is hurt," Hord
During training Hord
was bitten twice by dogs.He
said the exercise was to wear down his
strength and resistance.
The animal is docile until Hord
commands him to be aggressive.Misho
is safe around children, but a search of any school would be done only during a look-down.He
has been trained to be passive while working, unlike the scratch and sniff dogs of years past.
By using the Southern Ohio K-9
can attend training classes every Tuesday.
, who has been on the force for nearly three years, was chosen because of his previous work in narcotics, according to Baxter.
was always working hard, out there fighting drugs," Baxter said.
is an extra tool in the war against drugs.Drug dealers or users should make no mistake, Misho is more than a dog, he is an officer with the Maysville Police Department and is protected as such.