It will be a Yates County kind of dog show

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Shawn Dobson of the Port Authority of Toledo walks with his K-9, a black sable German sheperd named Behera. She is used in drug searches, and did some excellent work Monday during the narcotics training in addition to tracking, says Dobson.

It may look like Yates County has gone to the dogs and The Showboat Motel is under ultra-tight security this week. But the reality is, there are scores of K-9 law enforcement teams from several states in the area for training.

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is hosting the annual training seminar for teams this week. Most of the officers and instructors are rooming at The Showboat Motel on Seneca Lake, where after a hard day of training they can relax and give their senses a rest.

This year’s training marks the 25th anniversary of the seminar, which was started in 1983 by then Sheriff Jan Scofield. It has continued with the strong support of Sheriff Ron Spike since he took office, according to Randy Schwingle, the Yates County officer who coordinates the training.

“The workshops and seminars are presented so that the K-9 units attending can develop more techniques and skills to accomplish their missions in support of their departments,” he says.

This year, teams from across New York State are joined by units from Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio and Virginia. They are receiving training in patrol work, narcotics detection, explosive detection and tracking from trainers from Florida, Ohio and Connecticut.

They will demonstrate their skills at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the Penn Yan Firemen’s Field, Lake Street, Penn Yan.