Nine dogs graduate to become bomb-sniffing K9 officers

Nine dogs are now K9 officers.

Nine new dogs graduated to become bomb-sniffing K9 officers for the Washington State Patrol in a ceremony today.

They completed 400 hours of training to detect explosive scents.

"It's always very proud," said Trooper Matt Chatterton, who works with a 1 ½-year-old yellow lab named Evie. 

The dogs marched down the aisle, walked across the stage, and posed for a picture with Chief John Batiste.

For the dogs, finding explosives isn't work. They think it's a game. Their trainers teach them to identify explosive scents in return for their favorite toy.

They'll take assignments protecting places across Washington, including many at the ports and waiting areas for Washington State Ferries, stadiums and other venues.

Copyright 2016 KING


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