All of us, even dogs, have a calling in life. We may not find it the first time around, but eventually, we’ll get where we are supposed to be all along. Sheldon the Labrador proves just that.
The spunky Labrador started service dog training with Paws With A Cause a few years ago in Wayland, Michigan. However, the playful pup seems a bit too easily distracted and flunked out of his class. Sheldon is naturally curious. He often uses his nose to sniff things and find them, causing him to lose focus from his service dog training tasks.
It was clear that Sheldon isn’t cut out for service work. Dogs that work as service dogs need focus. They should not be distracted by anything around them so that they can focus all their attention on their handler. One slight distraction and a service dog can miss important signs about the handler’s situation.
However, all was not lost for good old Sheldon. His knack for sniffing out things did not go unnoticed. Shortly after leaving the service dog program, State Farm Arson Dog Programme took him in, where his naturally curious nose became an indispensable tool against arson. Sheldon went on to rise in ranks as he sniffs out accelerants used in arson fires.
In 2019, the super sniffing pup partnered up with Saginaw Fire Department’s Lt. John Tadlock to become the department’s first accelerant detection canine. Sheldon’s job consists of sniffing out fuels and accelerants at fire scenes to trace arsonists. Under State Farm Arson Dog Program, Sheldon completed an annual certification with his partner, Tadlock. The duo has formed a close bond since working together and have become inseparable.
Who would have thought that a pup who flunked service dog training will turn out to be an elite super sniffer! So well deserved for such a good and adorable dog.
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