K9 Peppers of the Raleigh Police Department is a true top dog! She recently won the United States Police Canine Association’s Detection Dog Challenge. Peppers won the Explosive Detection Dog division out of 10 canines and was named the Overall Top Detection Dog out of 20 canines.
The first-ever AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge was held at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Ten narcotics dog teams and 10 explosives detection dog teams competed against each other to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosive substances – the quickest.
The teams navigated obstacles and sorted through distractions to find the hidden items. They were scored on the accuracy of their search, perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the hide is), and the find itself (a combination of the ability of the dog and the handler to accurately tell judges where the hide is located). K9 Peppers worked with Officer Lyman.