SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – It was a busy day in Sioux City Monday for K-9’s and their handlers as they went through certification training on a variety of situations they may encounter.
“These dogs are a tool,” Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jim Bauerly said. “They’re a locating tool.”
41 K-9 teams from throughout Iowa and Minnesota were in Sioux City, showcasing their skills hoping to earn their Police Dog One Certification.
Teams were judged on agility, criminal apprehension, suspect and evidence search.
“Today we start out at obedience and they have to pass obedience with a score of 70 percent or they’re not allowed to go on,” Bauerly said.
One of those teams was Dustin Yager and his K-9 Maverick.
The team is from Fort Madison, Iowa and work at the Iowa State Penitentiary.
“We’re one of three K-9s that work at the institute,” Yager said.
Yager said this training is critical for what they do on a daily basis.
“We use several of those things every day, obedience,” Yager said. “Obviously we don’t use apprehension every day, but when we do need to use that skill set, it’s important that we are on point and well practiced in it. Overall Maverick did very well and I don’t think we will have any problems certifying today.”
Because you never know when that training will become useful.
“They help locate people and evidence. These dogs may be called on to locate a person and maybe give their life instead of the officer’s life,” Bauerly said.
All of the K-9’s and their handlers live and work together every day.
Tuesday, the teams will be going through criminal apprehension with and without gunfire.
The public is invited to attend.
It takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chautauqua Park.