Pound Puppy to Narcotics Dog

Short on money, a Florida sheriff’s department went to the pound when it couldn’t afford a new narcotics dog. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy John Maney picked out an 11-month-old black lab and trained the dog himself.

The best narcotics dogs are ones that show “alertness, a lack of fear and an eagerness to learn.” This new pound puppy, named “Rezadu,” started training in an abandoned phosphate mine. He did well enough that he earned his national certification in August.

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