For the first time, the AKC/USPCA K-9 Detection Dog Challenge is airing on ESPN on November 28, 2021. Twenty police dogs across the United States have competed in the event held November 15, 2021, at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Hosted by the American Kennel Club and the United States Police Canine Association, it features the cream of the crop of America’s narcotics and explosives detection dogs. It aims to demonstrate how these dogs play an essential role in keeping the country safe.
Ten dog teams each for narcotics and explosives detection competed to see which one was the quickest in finding their respective substances. In this case, being illegal narcotics and explosive materials. The ten were chosen from over 100 teams that applied for the competition.
AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said, “we are thrilled to host this exciting event with the USPCA. It’s amazing to see these dogs in action and show the viewers their training and precision. We can’t wait to share it with the ESPN 2 audience.”