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May 27, 2013

Dogs trained in Anniston used in NYC, DC

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The dogs are trained to recognize 10 different odors through scent boxes.

"One box has the odor we're teaching them and then they have blank boxes as well. So it's just like a game to the dog to find which box the odor is in," Fleming said.

Fleming said it can be difficult to focus the dogs' energy, but the ones with the most energy want to work and learn quickly.

Pearce said when the dogs train at the Quintard Mall it's on a small scale because it's generally not a crowded area. Recently, Pearce visited the New York Police Department to see some of the program's former trainees pounding the pavement in the Big Apple.

"It's very impressive when you see hundreds of people walking and the dog is able to find one person out of thousands in that area," Pearce said.

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