K-9 officers train in haunted house

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 20:24:49-04

RACINE, WI (WISN/CNN) - Police K-9's face some scary situations on duty.

So police in Racine, WI, are preparing them in a haunted house.

That includes the dog facing a giant fake flesh-eating rat, which did not cause the dog to miss a beat inside the abandoned haunted house.

It's part of his training with the Racine police K-9 unit.

Outdoors, Dixie looks harmless. But inside she goes into work mode. She's trained to find two things: drugs and people.

The dogs train in different environments at least once a week, including on a school bus and in the woods.

"We have to put them in totally different situations," said David Arvai of the K-9 Unit, "and they have to be able to react and do their jobs in those situations. Every day there's something these dogs will do where we go like, wow."

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