COLUMBUS, Ohio – A group of brave dogs are ready to go to work protecting state parks after completing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) rigorous K9 training program. The five pups endured more than 300 hours of training to meet the certification standards set by the Ohio Peace Office Training Commission.
The graduating class included Ember, a 1-year-old Dutch shepherd, who will join ODNR Natural Resources Officer Jeremy Berger in patrolling state parks in northwest Ohio.
(ODNR Natural Resources Officers Bryce Morris, Jeremy Berger, and Ember and ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Assistant Chief Susie Vance.)
“It gives me great pride to see Ember graduate from our esteemed training academy,” ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Glen Cobb said. “I am confident that our visitors will be in good hands with Ember and Officer Berger protecting our state parks.”
Ember is certified in tracking, narcotic detection, and suspect apprehension. She is also trained to protect her handler and to conduct searches in areas and buildings.
The other four graduates will become K9 officers in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation enrolled their dogs and conservation officers in ODNR’s K9 Academy after conducting a nationwide search for the best program that fit its needs.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways