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Yakima goes to the dogs, K-9 training comes to town

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima has gone to the dogs, well police K-9's that is, the city is hosting the Washington State Police Canine Association Spring Seminar.

They make the perfect partner. "Absolutely, doesn't care how fast you drive, what kind of music you listen to, where you stop to eat, anything," said John Munson, president, Washington State Police Canine Association.

More than 100 K-9 teams from all over the state are training in Yakima this week. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks, both patrol and drug K-9's are freshening-up their skills.

They may be feared for their bite, but these dogs are actually trained officers.

"The main reason we use them is for their nose, not because they can go out and grab people or bite people it's for their nose to be able to locate people who run from us," said Munson.

Sunnyside Police Department will soon be joining the ranks of top dogs, City Council just approved funding for a K-9.

Officer Skip Lemmon, can't wait.

"Very excited, especially coming to this class, eager now really eager, a lot of good information," said Officer Skip Lemmon, Sunnyside Police Department.

The next meeting of the Washington State Police Canine Association will take place in Pasco this Fall.

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