BURLINGTON, NC – North Carolina K-9 officers took a ‘paws’ from their daily duties to go through training and get USPCA certified on Thursday.

At Joe Davidson Park, the four legged officers had to go through an agility test, a suspect search, an obedience test, and will go through bite work on Friday.

But none of that would be possible without the work from Graham High School students.

The school was asked to help build equipment for the tests, and now they get to see the K-9’s in action.

“We were glad to do it, it gives the students an opportunity to build something and come out and see the fruits of their labor so to speak,” explained Graham High School teacher Greg Standafer. “So they are enjoying it, we are having a good time.”

For the agility portion of the test the students built an obstacle course that included crawling, jumping, and climbing challenges for the dogs. They also built multiple boxes where the dogs are being tested on where a suspect might be hiding.

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Though it was hard work, student Nicolas Reynolds says it was time well spent,

“I think it feels pretty good because we get to see what we did and what we built for the police department in use and it is not being wasted. We get to see the dogs. This is my first time seeing the police dogs train so I think it is pretty cool.”

If you want to see the K-9’s in action, then you can head to Joe Davidson Park in Burlington Friday morning. The officers will be practicing bite work, which is how to catch the ‘bad guy’ and the ability for the human officer to call the dog back before they bite.