More than 160 dog teams travel to Coos Bay for K-9 Training

A K-9 training conference is being held on the Oregon coast this week featuring more than 160 different dog teams.

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Oregon K-9 Association is holding its fall conference on the coast this week, and more than 160 dog teams from across the state are in town to learn from each other and receive some hands on training.

"It really gives us an opportunity to get different ideas, different training platforms for all of us to come together and kind of put our ideas together and maybe think outside the box," said David Bonn, a police officer in Hillsboro.

Several different detection stations were set up to help train the teams in real life scenarios, including area and vehicle searches.

Organizers say it helps dogs develop good search patterns and helps handlers recognize when their dogs have detected an odor.

"The goal is to just put a bunch of different scenarios in front of the guys, get some real good intense training and work all day for three days to learn as much as we can," said Robert Scoville of the Coquille Tribal Police.

Along with the training, the conference helps develop a bond between the handler and the dog.

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