By Jennifer Harder, Senior Director, Product Team
After working with the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program during graduate school, I knew I wanted to work with service animals in my career. I served as Administrative Sergeant for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue K9 Unit, and stayed with the search and rescue team for twelve years. One of my proudest moments was working with my first search dog, Foley, to locate a twelve-year-old boy and reunite him with his mother.
I’m a big believer that all dogs need a job, and K9 units continue to proliferate across public safety doing more and different types of jobs every day. We rely on dogs for many tasks that no human or technology can do, or that a dog can do much more efficiently. For example, teams searching a warehouse by hand for narcotics or a suspect could take hours or even days to find their target, but a well-trained dog can often cut that search time down to minutes. READ MORE