Detector Dog Major
and Dog Handler Simone Ackermann
San Bernardino County
Major, a 72 lb Labrador Retriever, was born in July, 2016 and was adopted by USDA from the Humane Society in Elmore County, Alabama in July 2017. He completed agriculture detector dog training at the National Detector Dog Training Center in Georgia in December 2017 and was subsequently transferred to be the newest addition to Contra Costa County’s two dog teams detecting packages at parcel delivery facilities.
Major is a very sweet and happy dog with a strong work ethic. He loves to find and alert to parcels with agricultural products, and because he loves all people, he is very much at ease working at FedEx and UPS. When not hard at work, he is always up for a good game of fetch of any object thrown, a hike, or a good belly-rub.
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