Work will now be easier for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit thanks to a donation from Carter County Hyundai and Carter County Dodge Chrysler Jeep. The two businesses recently gave the department scent detection boxes, and Officer Jaret Trotts said these devices make a world of difference when training dogs to search for narcotics.

“Scent detector boxes are used to allow the dog to work more independently regardless of what the handler is doing and regardless of what’s going on around them,” Trotts said. “There can be chaos going on around them, and unless they are told otherwise they are still searching for narcotics.”

The secret of scent detection boxes comes into play when it’s time for the dogs to get “paid.”

“When they get paid, a toy comes out of the box, so they think that the toy comes from the drug scent,” Trotts said. “It’s a really good tool that detaches the handler from the dogs. It makes them focus on the narcotics smell.”

Trotts said that the sheriff’s department will also use the boxes when they are training with other area law enforcement agencies. K-9 units from the Ardmore Police Department, Ada, Love County and the Creek Nation all train together. In the future, they will even be able to train puppies with the boxes.

Trotts has been working with six-year-old German Shepherd Klara for over a year now. She was born in Germany, and Trotts said her pedigree is impressive.

“In 2013, her mom and her handler, the man that bred her, were selected by the Secret Service for a presidential detail,” Trotts said. “She comes from good stock. She’s a wonderful dog.”