Meet ASU's detection dog Disney

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by Natalie Brand

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 9:40 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Don't let this friendly face fool you. She may look like your typical loving lab, but Disney is also highly skilled and trained to fight crime, with her nose.

"Find it; find it!" urged handler Parker Dunwoody, a detective with ASU Police. "She's looking for explosives."

Trained as an ATF dog, Disney works for ASU, sweeping the stadium during football games and other big events. Her personality, intelligence and character traits of the breed make her a perfect fit for the job.

"She's not worried people are going to be a threat to her," said Dunwoody.  "She's very task oriented; she knows that's what I need to go find and I'll get rewarded for that."

Disney and other ATF dogs learn their skills through repetition. Disney is rewarded with praise, pats and food.

In fact, the only time she eats is when she trains seven days a week, several hours a day.

Disney can identify 19,000 different combinations of explosives from commercial to homemade, and she can find bombs, guns and ammo.

"When she sits, she's found something," Dunwoody explains.

While her main job is keeping the campus safe, she also responds to search crime scenes and secure major public events around Tempe and the Valley.

"To get to go to work every day with someone you love; there's nothing better than that," said Dunwoody.

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