“Neiko will be on our K-9 team. He’ll be doing drug detection primarily, and also be able to track. meaning if we have to track a suspect or a missing person, something like that Neiko is also trained in that,” says Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena.
Neiko’s handler, Deputy Tony Reitsma, is new to the K-9 unit but has wanted to work with the unit for some time.
“This is my first K-9. I’ve done a lot of research before starting and getting Neiko. I did a lot of research in looking at a number of different dogs. So it’s been one of my goals for a number of years,” says Deputy Tony Reitsma.
Training Neiko is a lot of work and differs from how you’d normally train a dog.