(ATLANTIC/AUDUBON) K9 teams from Cass and Audubon counties took home top honors in the annual Heart of America K9 certification and competition held in Urbandale this year from October 9th through the 14th.
Cass County Deputy Kyle Quist and K9 Kane took placed 1st in the Tough Dog competition.
“This is Kane’s fourth year of entering competition,” said Quist. “The first year that we went down he got in the top 5 and they no longer place one through five, they only do a top three and since then he has had a first place in every area of competition so far. So, he’s been doing good.”
Quist says as part of the Tough Dog competition, the judges pick a scenario that could happen at any time out on the streets and the team in then put in the scenario and has to react. The K9 was sent to apprehend, or bite, the first subject and while the K9 apprehended the first subject, a second subject with a weapon appeared from a hiding spot. The K9 had to be called to release the first subject and directed to apprehend the second subject. The handler had to be back away from the area, so everything had to be done with voice and hand signal commands. The K9 was then called back to the handler after the apprehensions.
Audubon County Deputy Kent Gries and K9 Henry placed 3rd in the Detector Dog competition. Gries says the detector dog completion is open for narcotic and arson dogs to compete.
“The competition takes place in a building, it has multiple rooms in it, the different rooms can have odors in them or they could be clean rooms with no odors,” said Gries. “What the judges do is they go in and they set out an unknown amount of finds, meaning narcotics odors throughout the building, and you have to bring your dog in without having any idea if there is one find, zero finds, or ten finds in the building and throughout the rooms. It’s also timed so you have to do it fast and to be accurate.”
There were twenty two K9 teams from Iowa, Kansas and Missouri that participated in the certification and competition. The certification is run through an accredited organization, the Heart of America Police Dog Association.