New FPPD K9 pups complete first week of training

Posted Feb. 9, 2018 

The Fort Pierce Police Department’s two new work dogs completed their first training classes this week, successfully accomplishing a variety of tasks and learning new skills that are preparing them for patrol work on the streets of the city. 

The dogs, Tucker and Loki, are working with their handlers, Officers Albert Eckrode and Robie Troutman, who are new to the police K9 field. Tucker's first birthday was Friday and Loki's first birthday is Monday.

The teams are working on agility training, building searches, tracking and general obedience. So far, Tucker’s and Loki’s performances have been excellent, especially in their tracking and obedience work. And the officers are doing just as well.

“We are learning how to read the dogs and understand their behavior,” said Officer Eckrode. “We have to learn the dog’s body language so we can understand what they’re seeing.”

Officer Eckrode said the dogs already are anticipating and enjoying their daily routine of getting up in the morning and going to work, and Tucker has already mastered the skill of ignoring the cats at home.

The officers and dogs get a couple of days off over the weekend, but they will be back in class first thing Monday morning preparing for their future adventures on the streets of Fort Pierce.

For more information, contact:
Ed Cunningham
Public Information Officer
Fort Pierce Police Department
(772) 467-6801