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K-9 pup gets closer to duty

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A Slovokian canine is being groomed to sniff out drugs and track down suspects as the latest addition to the K-9 unit at Fort Collins Police Services.

Trigger – half-German shepherd, half-Belgian malinois – was selected in part because of his “high prey drive,” preferring a toy to a tasty snack, said Officer Sean Giddings, Trigger’s handler.

“It’s just the best thing in the world to hold that ball, and they love it,” he said.

It costs $13,000 for the dog and four weeks of training. Trigger, 14 months old, is expected to be ready to hit the streets in the spring.

Police canines are often imported from Europe because American dogs of similar breeds don’t exhibit the same sport-dog genetics.

“Americans breed typically for show and for looks, and unfortunately during that breeding process, they take the work out of the dog,” said Officer Rick Mainwal.

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