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Sgt. Joshua Stenseth of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and his K-9 partner Dex tackle an obstacle as part of the agility evaluation at the K-9 certification program held in New Richmond on Sunday, June 8. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

Training, trust, communication and respect translate to K-9 success

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They have names like Rebel and Dex and Buzz. They are rigorously trained and respected members of local police and Sheriffs’ departments throughout the region. They are the four-legged team members of K-9 patrol units, many of which are graduates of the highly respected 12-week K-9 training program sponsored by the St. Paul Police Department at the Tim Jones Memorial K-9 Kennels in Maplewood, Minn.

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