Friday, March 26, 2010

SSD Ringo Is Headed for a New Career

SSD Ringo is now in Virginia! Two members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) came to the kennel today to meet Ringo and see if he might be a good fit for their training program. Once he goes through their program, he could become an explosive or accelerant detection dog.

Ringo is a great dog, but becoming a service dog was not the right career for him, and he would not have been happy. But the same qualities that make him unsuited to service dog work, such as excessive sniffing, make him perfect for detecting explosives or accelerants.

When the members of ATF met Ringo, they were looking for certain qualities. They want their dogs to be well socialized, trainable, have high energy, have little or no fear, and of course, love smells, among other things.

With his love of smells and high energy, we think Ringo will be very happy with ATF. We wish him luck! We'll miss him, but we're glad that he's now training for a career that fits him.

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