American Kennel Club Announces 1st AKC / USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge Winners

“The AKC is proud to present the excellent service our K9 officers render to our country to help us stay safe,” said Chris Sweetwood, director of the AKC board of directors. “As event chair for the challenge, it was a labor of love for our four-legged first responders and their human partners. We are proud to recognize their professionalism. “

The event took place on November 15e at the PNC Arena, where ten teams of narcotics dogs and ten teams of explosive dogs competed to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosives – the fastest. The teams overcame the obstacles and sorted the distractions to find the hidden objects. They were rated on the accuracy of their research, the perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the skin is), and the discovery itself (a combination of the dog and handler‘s ability to accurately tell judges where the skin).

“This event brought out the best of the best from across the country, and it was extremely impressive to see these dogs in action,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “We are pleased to congratulate the winners and all participants and to thank them for their diligent work in keeping our country safe.”


Explosives teams:
1stMichelle lyman and K9 Peppers, Raleigh Police Department
2sdTracy stuart and K9 Freya, Police at the University of Stockton in New Jersey
3e– Kaitlyn Schamberger and K9 Zada, NYPD Transit
4e – Alison Gentile and K9 Mac, MTA PD NY
5eRich rodden & K9 Kasey, GMC Security Global Police

Narcotics teams:
1st – Dao Meunseveng & K9 Bero, Des Moines Iowa Police
2sd– Joe Angarone & K9 Bela, Mercer County, New Jersey The prosecutor’s office
3e– Larry McArdle & K9 Zoey, New York Correctional Service
4eKolby Kraft & K9 Kye, Charleston, Illinois Police department
5e– Jared Davis & K9 Bella, Lowndes County, Georgia Sheriffs Department

Photos of the event can be downloaded HERE.

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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a non-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With over 5,000 licensed clubs and members and affiliated organizations, the AKC champions the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Over 22,000 AKC registered purebred and mixed breed competitions are held annually in accordance with AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking, breeding, lure racing, coonhound trials, hunt tests, field tests and dirt dogs.

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On United States Police dog association
United States The Police Canine Association (USPCA) is the oldest and largest K-9 police organization in the country. Since 1971, we have been training and certifying police dogs in general patrol dog use, tracking, protection, drug detection, explosives detection, arson, fishing and game, and search and rescue. These regional and national certifications have been confirmed by more than 78 US Supreme Court and Federal District decisions as a “good faith” test for police use. We are the police dog teams protecting America. We represent the best in police dog training and certification and strive for constant improvement. For more information, visit our website at

SOURCE American Kennel Club

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