Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Train in Downtown Reno

RENO, Nev. -- If you said downtown Reno is going to the dogs, well for the last three days you'd be right.

29 dogs, their handlers, trainers and support staff are in downtown Reno working on explosive detection. The Eldorado Theater turned into a training theater during the day and was just one of a dozen sites for the dogs to work.

Here at the Eldorado Theater "Grease" is performed just about every night.

But during the past three days, the real stars have been bomb sniffing dogs like Niek and Sstack.

The two dogs are among the 29 specialty canines from all over California and Nevada, with a couple of participants from New York and Washington D.C.

They work in federal, state, and local agencies who are called upon to sweep an area looking for chemicals that can make up an explosive device.

It could be a place where you and your family may later attend.

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“All of a sudden he might make a b-line out of mid-air, floating almost per se, toward something directed toward something that me and you cannot see,” says Trainer Consultant Dave Dorn.

Dorn says this can be exhausting work for dogs like Niek and his trainer Matt Hildenbrand with Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Squad.

That's because the team works rapidly to cover large areas. In this case the theater is a place some of these dogs and handlers have never worked before.

There are smells in here that can certainly distract the dog who is looking for that specific scent.

“Distractions like, underneath them is popcorn laying on the ground, where we are searching, you know, cups,” says Dorn.

Dog handlers and their trainers say downtown Reno has opened its arms to them and their training.

The Eldorado, the Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus have allowed them to use their properties, even going up to executive offices.

But the teams can go down the street to the Amtrack Station, the bowling stadium and at the Baseball Stadium sniffing out what could one day be a real threat.

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