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Auburn Vapor Wake dogs ensure safety around the country

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Auburn's Vapor Wake dogs are being used all over the country at concerts, airports, exhibitions, and presidential inaugurations to detect mobile explosives.

"Vapor Wake Technology is the worlds most advanced real time mobile section sensory technology. Vapor Wake canines are trained specifically to detect suicide bombers," said the breeding program manager Pam Haney.

It takes a very specific skill set to detect a moving target, so Auburn University breeds primarily Labrador Retrievers before the dogs are tested to see if they are equipped to face the patented technology.

"We breed the dogs here at Auburn and we take them through their puppy development training up until they are 12 months of age, and then they are sold to VWK9 who finishes their training and pairs them with a handler," said Haney.

The dogs train all over the city to get a feel for real world environments like the ones that they will enter once they finish training.

"We depend on the community a lot, so in the Auburn community and the surrounding areas we need their support in order to go to places to train the dogs and help out. So when people think about this, we're sort of all involved in a program that helps support, defend, and protect the people of the nation," said Haney. 

It costs Auburn University $18,000 to produce one Vapor Wake capable detection dog. Haney says the dogs are primarily bred in Auburn. 

"The majority of deployed Vapor Wake dogs are bred at Auburn, however the increasing demand of the technology has resulted in VWK9 to source more dogs from select vendors. If i had to put a number on it I would say 85 to 90 percent of the deployed dogs are Auburn dogs," said Haney 

Vapor Wake technology is the only patented technology to detect body worn explosives in transit, according to Auburn University's Co-Director of  Canine Performance Sciences, Paul Waggoner.

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