If arson is an ‘under the radar’ crime, the dogs and handlers who uncover hidden clues at fire scenes to detect arson fraud are positively invisible. In a major new web series, celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell It’s Me or the Dog, Animal Planet) steps outside her comfort zone of domestic pet training to follow (and sometimes join) a class of new human and canine recruits as they undergo rigorous and intense training to become world–class fire scene investigative teams.
In her long and distinguished career as one of the world’s pre–eminent dog behavior experts, Stilwell has seen just about everything in the dog world, but watching arson dogs develop into fraud–detecting crime fighters left this seasoned canine specialist in awe.
“Like most people, I did not know too much about what arson dogs did or how they worked, but witnessing the awesome power of these amazing dogs’ sense of smell and watching the strength of the bond and level of communication between the handler and dog was truly inspiring,” says Stilwell. “After just scratching the surface learning about what these unique teams do on a daily basis, I knew right away that I wanted to bring greater awareness and appreciation of their work to my audience and beyond.”…
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