Hillsdale County, Michigan (WLNS) is a link that goes back centuries. For Olivia Pfund and Julie Conant it is a relationship that is formed every week with their search and rescue dogs Leila and Kamara.
“It’s amazing what these dogs can do,” said certified dog trainer Julie Conant.
Today was part of a four-day training for K9 search teams from across the state. It is headed by a non-profit organization that helps train dogs so that law enforcement can approach them at any time, and to stay ready, they need to practice.
“She is a German shepherd. She has really high energy. So I just wanted to work for her, and we decided that you know it’s a job, and she’s also helping other people, so it’s kind of win-win, ”said Olivia Pfund, K9 Rescue handler at the training.
Experts say our body loses 40,000 skin cells per minute. These cages then turn into gas, which, sniffing through the nose, these dogs can pick up not from the football field to find someone in need.
“It’s really incredible, and we don’t fully understand it, you know, scientists, no one understands it completely, but to see it in action is really just amazing,” Pfund said.
Once found, they signal to their handlers.
“Oh, show me,” cried Conant.
Conant says that only these four-legged friends can handle this job.
“The number of calls we receive shows how important it is because if you have an elderly person or a small child, then it’s in the field. If they call the police department immediately, we can leave. Bring this sacrifice back intact and safe where it should be. ”
Certification of these dogs can take up to two years. Pound and Leila are almost in place, and with each challenge their love for each other gets stronger and stronger.
“We need to have a trusting relationship. You know I have to trust her that she will do her job right and she has to trust me that I will give her a hot dog that she will get in the end ”.