Avalanche dogs, handlers train for the worst

Updated: April 28, 2005, 7:34 PM ET
By Lisa Rosetta | Salt Lake Tribune — February 25, 2005

It was King's first day of avalanche school.

The frisky golden retriever gnawed on his leash as his handler, Sean Macedonio, gently pushed the pup's rump to the ground and commanded him to sit.

King obeyed, shooting his boss a forlorn look. Seconds later he sprang to his feet again, his tail wagging.

Some of King's classmates — many of them black Labradors and German shepherds — were more attentive. They barely flinched as they waited for their handler's verbal command ...

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