Doggone good training

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The purchase is only part of the process. Before Bruno can hit the streets as the Keizer Police Department’s newest K-9, he has plenty to learn. His human partner, Scott Keniston, is there to teach him. Keniston is assisted by fellow officer Stephen Richardson, whose current partner is K-9 Buster. Keniston and Sgt. Jeff Goodman flew down to California in early June to pick a new K-9 to replace Bas, Keniston’s current K-9 partner who is nearly 10 years old and starting to experience eyesight issues as well as arthritis in the hips. “We got to see every dog,” Goodman said. “It came down to this dog and another. Scott made the decision. It’s his partner. It’s like a marriage.” Richardson noted the last three K-9s the KPD has selected have all been malinois. “I didn’t think we would have a shepherd again,” he said. For Keniston, the breed of dog wasn’t the main thing. “I went down there with an open mind,” he said. “I tried one malinois, but it didn’t fit me. This one, I felt that connection. Everything I saw about him, I liked.” Richardson said dogs cost about $10,000 each, with a private donor paying for Bruno’s purchase. Training, shipping the dog to Keizer and equipment are all extra. Richardson is a certified K-9 trainer who helps train dogs...

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