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"It's amazing to me to see the drive
they have for doing this and their want to
please," Allen said.
Tracking training begins with the dogs
following tracks from boots that have had
hot dogs rubbed on their soles.
"It doesn't take long until the dogs get
it," said Palmer, who came to the Game
Commission in 1991 from an Air Force
career in which he handled military-police
dogs and served as a kennel master.
Eventually the hot dogs are removed
from the track's scent, though they remain
a reward for dogs that successfully reach
the end. The K-9s also are challenged,
as they develop, to follow more difficult
tracks. In order to become certified, for
example, a dog must follow an hour-old
track that's at least a quarter-mile long,
contains three turns, transitions at least
once to another surface, and contains at
least one 15-minute-old crosstrack.
Just before Christmas, exactly 10
months from the day Skye was born, the
dogs and officers of the unit met at Haldeman Island, north of Harrisburg, where the
Game Commission has established a K-9
training course.
At one point, Allen slips away to lay
down a hot dog-less track around a pair
of ponds nearby.
While waiting for the track to age,
the handlers cycle their dogs out of and
back to custom, crated-off areas inside
the backs of their patrol vehicles. Once
outside, the dogs take turns finding objects
including shotgun shells, bullet casings
and dummy rifles.
They still are fine-tuning the skills
taught to them in their first series of training sessions in the spring and summer,
said Bureau of Wildlife Protection Assistant Director Randy Shoup, who superMARCH 2016	

When searching for evidence, the dogs will lie
down when they find something that doesn't
belong. Here, is Skye doing just that.

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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover1
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D
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