State Troopers and K-9s Visit Animal Science Classes
Students in Mrs. Daley’s animal science classes were visited by two New York State Troopers and their K-9 partners on Sept. 13 for a special lesson on animal careers in law enforcement.
Tpr. Kevin Conners and his five-year-old female bloodhound Schini, and Tpr. Travis Bauer and his four-year-old male Belgian malinois Hugh demonstrated specific techniques they use in law enforcement while discussing their training and career paths with students.
Tpr. Conners spoke about his experiences with Schini, who specializes in man-trailing, and search and rescue operations, and Tpr. Bauer spoke about his experiences with Hugh, who specializes in explosive detection, tracking, building searches and handler protection.
Both troopers also discussed the dynamics between dogs and handlers, and showed students some of the gear they use with their dogs including collars, harnesses and bulletproof vests. Through the classroom visit and demonstrations, students were able to see how a working dog’s demeanor changes from relaxed to hyper-focused when they know they need to work.
The visit was a great opportunity for students to learn about working dogs, dog training, specific dog breed traits and potential careers in law enforcement.