December 24, 2018 – In Breaking News – Washington Examiner
The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of swapping out pointy-ear dogs for floppy-ear ones in an effort to put more of the public at ease when interacting with its canines.
“We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA … to use floppy ear dogs,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said during a recent tour of operations at Washington Dulles International Airport northern Virginia.
“We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern,” Pekoske said.
“Doesn’t scare children.”
Around 80 percent of the 1,200 canines TSA uses nationwide are ones with droopy ears, versus 20 percent that have cone-shaped ones.
(Learn More about a program designed to keep air travelers safe involves special canines and their handlers who are trained to detect explosives. Courtesy of CBSDFW and YouTube. Posted on Nov 21, 2018.)
TSA employs the second-highest number of dogs of any federal agency.
Dogs retire daily from the agency this year due to the force’s aging population, but TSA is using it as an opportunity to grow its floppy ear population, which are technically classified as sporting or hunting breeds.
Over the past 12 months, 80 percent of the dogs TSA purchased from vendors were sporting breeds.
Christopher Shelton, branch manager of the TSA canine training center in San Antonio, Texas, said part of the reason TSA has purchased more “sporting” dogs is because breeders are increasingly raising these types of dogs.
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(Learn More. Watch a TSA explosives detection canine handler’s journey to discover more information about the 9/11 hero his canine was named after. Courtesy of the TSA and YouTube. Posted on Sep 10, 2018.)
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