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Beacon - USMS Explosives Detection K-9

Breed:  Black Lab  D.O.B.: 11-30-98

Sex:  Male

Training: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Canine Training Center, Front Royal, Virginia.

Explosives Detection K-9 (ED K-9) "Beacon" was originally bred for guide dog work. Beacon was born at the Guide Dog Foundation - Seeing Eyes in upstate N.Y. Beacon spent a year with his foster family and returned to the Guide Dog Foundation to train.  Unfortunately, due to Beacon's love of chasing squirrels, Beacon did not pass the Guide Dog training and chose a different profession. ED K-9 Beacon can identify up to 19,000 different types of explosives, from large to trace amounts.  Beacon is trained on the food reward method, and trains multiple times every day.  Beacon and his handler are assigned to the United States Marshals Service/Hazardous Response Unit and Special Operations Group.


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