By Naomi Kowles
Officer Chad Brown selected the next K-9 officer for the Rhinelander Police Department last Friday during a trip to Jessiffany Canine Services in Iron Ridge, Wisc.
The 18-month-old is a male German shepherd from the Netherlands named Odin, and will be joined by Brown for four weeks of training on Aug. 27.
The dog would join the department at the end of that training, contingent on successful completion. Brown says that while it is rare, dogs sometimes “wash out” before the end of the program.
Jessiffany Canine Services in Iron Ridge is operated by Jessie and Tiffany Smith and specializes in training imported service dogs for police and civilian use as well as “24/7 Battle Buddy” dogs, which are raised to partner with injured veterans.
Brown said Jessie Smith has been involved in K-9 handling throughout his career and has trained dogs for the Marine Corps, and that his dogs are utilized across the nation.