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RCMP canine a 'smart cookie'

RCMP Const. Stephanie Michaud and police service dog Snyper cleaned up at the recent Can-Am Police-Fire Games.   - Photo submitted
RCMP Const. Stephanie Michaud and police service dog Snyper cleaned up at the recent Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
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RCMP Const. Stephanie Michaud trounced the competition last weekend at the Can-Am Police-Fire Game – but she had a little help.

The Games are a dog-eat-dog battle pitting officer against officer and canine against canine.

Michaud, along with her dog Snyper – both Richmond residents who serve Surrey and Langley – is the first female to win the police dog trials at the event in its 27-year history.

“I am very proud of the little bugger, he’s a very smart cookie,” said Michaud.

The dog trials are organized by the Canadian Police Canine Association as part of its national championships. The event tests dogs and their owners on tracking, compound searches, evidence searches and toughest dog, among other categories. The event was held in Saskatoon, Sask., July 17-20.

“Snyper and I have invested countless hours of hard work and training,” said Michaud. “The prep work I did for the police dog trials greatly benefitted us as a team and for the ultimate goal of catching bad guys on the street.”

Michaud is an 18-year veteran of the RCMP and has been working with dogs for the past 10 years.

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