30 teams compete at K-9 Assoc. Training Conference

LEWISTON, ID - Thursday was the final day of the Idaho Police K-9 Association training conference.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns about a new spectator sport as K-9 teams took the field at the Vollmer Bowl for some friendly competition.

The saying it's a "dog eat dog world," has a whole new meaning as police canines compete to be the best.

"They want a toy," said K-9 handler, Sandpoint Police Dept. Michael Hottman. "That's what our dogs work for they work for a reward."

More than 30 canine teams from Idaho and Washington participated in K-9 team trials, where dogs and handlers compete in their specific areas of expertise.

"We constantly are running them through the healing, the sitting, the downing," said K-9 handler, Spokane Police Dept. Jake Jensen. "Having that verbal control over the dogs. So when you present them with certain obstacles they have the ability to do them and still be under control."

Many different breeds of canines from all different backgrounds provide public service.

"Typically the patrol dogs are bred for patrol work," said Hottman. "My dog was picked up at a shelter."

"We always got to see them on TV, but never got to see them live like today," said spectator Tim Selph.

And they didn't disappoint.

"The German Shepherds when they attacked the people with the heavy duty clothing," said Selph.

Different areas include bomb and narcotics detection, suspect tracking, and patrol.

"Were starting to click pretty good out there, that bonds created and were doing pretty good out there," said Jensen.

This is the first time ever the K-9 conference has been held in Lewiston. The Lewiston Police Department said it's been a success because of several area businesses and individuals.