Rochester K9 Teams Nationally Certified

May 30, 2018 09:31 PM
By: Hannah Tiede, ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 News) — The Rochester K9 unit is paws-itively thrilled to announce two of its members are nationally certified in explosive detection.

K9’s Sarge and Riley returned from New Jersey with partners Officer Brian Rousell and Officer Terry Pretzloff where they went through extensive training in odor recognition. They also completed an indoor and outdoor search for explosives, followed by a package search.

Both teams passed with impressive scores and gained their National Detector Dog Certification. “If you recall, a bachelors degree to a masters degree is basically how you would benefit having this national certification,” said Officer Rousell.

K9 Sarge placed fourth in the parcel search.

“We’ve got a friendly competition going on between the both of us on who’s got the better dog and he walked away with the trophy,” said Officer Pretzloff.

Both K9 Riley and Sarge placed in the top 15 out of the 40 dogs that participated in the training.


By: Annalisa Pardo, KIMT

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Officer Terry Pretzloff handles Riley, an explosive detection K-9. Both are heading to Minneapolis to work along other law enforcement agencies during the Super Bowl.

Just like the teams playing, Riley’s focus is getting the ball.

“He knows if he finds the odor, he’s going to get his ball,” Officer Pretzloff said.

Riley is trained to detect upwards of 30 odors that could indicate explosives are present. When Riley notices one of these odors, he sits to alert Officer Pretzloff, and then gets a ball as a reward.

“The past month or so we’ve just been hitting training a little bit harder to ensure the dogs up to par,” Officer Pretzloff said.

But he said Riley is already prepared.

“Regardless of what the dog’s doing, he’s got to detect an odor. Whether it’s working the Super Bowl or detecting a suspicious package here in Rochester,” he said. “He’s been a good dog and successful.”

Officer Pretzloff and Riley have a close bond and are a championship team.

“It’s rewarding,” he said. “There are a lot of aspects of the job that can affect you personally, or are stressful. Having a police dog … kind of makes those other stresses go away.”