Clever canines receive specialized training in Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Clever canines receive specialized training in Mid-South

(WMC-TV) - Dogs from around the country used to find live victims after major disasters are in the Mid-South getting highly specialized training at the Chester Anderson Training Center Thursday.

About 30 teams were put through a series of drills to make sure their disaster response skills are worthy of certification.

"With the canines, they're able to cover a large area," said program manager James Covington.  "With their scene and olfactors, they're able to pick up things we may not be able to hear and see."

The dogs have been used in victim searches after disaster, including Hurricane Katrina and the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

There is another training session Friday.

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