069 Jeffrey Milner – Indiana

Jeffrey Milner is a conservation warden and K9 unit coordinator working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He has been working for over 27 years, 23 of those as a K9 handler. Throughout his time as a K9 officer and coordinator, Jeffrey has trained a multitude of dogs and has also had many of his own. He also helped found the Conservation Canine Officers Association. In this episode, Jeffrey tells some of his many stories that he has collected over the years. 

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • K9s are embedded in our organization 
  • Jeffrey’s background
  • Knocking on the game warden’s door
  • 1 lab turned into 11 labs
  • Only 9 other agencies that had K9 agencies
  • Dogs are an introduction 
  • Dogs help to bridge the message of conservation
  • First partner
  • Indiana is one of the biggest K9 agencies in the country
  • Primarily labrador retrievers
  • I name my dogs with purpose
  • Journey: running a track on suspects
  • Different terrain holds scent differently
  • You have to love it to do it
  • Voyage’s best track – lifesaving
  • Fury: ginseng diggers 
  • When you put value on a resource people will exploit it
  • Koda: in training
  • Training schools
  • From no members to 108 members in the CCOA
  • When I hang up my K9 shoes, the program is in good hands
  • Facility
  • Jason Lagore – Ohio
  • Follow and like Conservation Canine Officers Association on Facebook
  • Tight budgets
  • People will know a dog’s name 20 years later

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