New K9s add social interaction to busy learning schedule

Posted: March 2, 2018
Friday afternoon, the Fort Pierce Police department’s two new police dogs got away from the K9 training center in Port St. Lucie for a while and spent time at police headquarters interacting and playing with staff members.

Officer Albert Eckrode, who is training Tucker, a Dutch Shepherd mix, said the interaction with a variety of people is a good way to make sure the dogs stay friendly around the many people they will encounter each day. He said the dogs also are learning focus techniques, so that they learn to pay close attention to their handlers and never get aggressive without the appropriate reason and commands.

At the FPPD Records Division, Tucker was nothing but playful, happy and eager to greet anyone in the office who passed by.

Officer Eckrode says he brings Tucker with him to new places to meet people, including a recent stop by a local hospital, where he was just as popular as in the Records office. The other new K9, Loki, who is training with Officer Robie Troutman, also has been to police headquarters for meet and greets. And he has been doing very well learning to sniff out illegal drugs and dangerous materials.

Like the officers, Tucker and Loki will enjoy a weekend off, staying home with the officers’ families and playing in the yard. Then they are back training again Monday morning. Both dogs are expected to be ready for patrol work by summer.

Media contact:
Ed Cunningham
Public Information Officer
Fort Pierce Police Department
(772) 467-6801