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Police officer Pete Masood comforts his new dog, 14-week-old bloodhound Bolt, who Masood will train to become a member of the Fairfax County Police K9 unit. Bolt got his name by some common puppy antics involving a bolt from his crate.

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“We’ll get them out here and acclimate them to the noises — gunfire, [vehicle] brakes and birds,” said Masood. They’ll also be exposed to airplanes, wind, rain, heat, car horns honking, plus obstacles such as fences. And they’ll learn how it feels on their paws to walk in the woods, through brush, on cement, carpet, tile floors, etc. That way, said Clarke, “When they get out on the street, when they’re almost a year old, they’ll be ready.”


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