A Man's Best Friend: Training to Protect

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/20 2014 05:47PM

Updated 02/20 2014 06:06PM

PENN STATE, UNIVERSITY PARK - They may look cute and cuddly, but these pups are all business.

About a dozen canines from across Central Pennsylvania are training with police officers to learn how to keep people safe.

They're training Thursday and Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's main campus. Two of the dogs work for Penn State during big games and other events throughout the year to make sure everyone is safe.

"He's trained on all the various odors of the explosives, as well as powders from gunshots and things like that," Penn State Police Officer, Dustin Miller, said. "All of the odors have to be imprinted on the dogs from a young age, throughout the training and needs to be reinforced."

These dogs will work, on average, until they're eight to 10 years old.

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