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Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Boss, 56th SFS MWD, search for explosives during training with local police departments at Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Gonzalez stayed back to allow Boss to search freely. Boss detected nearly 260 pounds of explosives during the training.

SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, readies a toy to reward Boss, 56th SFS MWD, for finding explosives during training with local police departments in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Handlers have to find a way to reward each dog when they successfully detect drugs or explosive

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, waits for Wax, 56th SFS MWD, to find explosives during training with local police departments in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Wax found approximately 260 pounds of explosives during the training.

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, guides Wax, 56th SFS MWD, over obstacles during training with local police departments in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Handlers and MWDs have to prepare for any obstacles they may encounter on deployments.

SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Boss, 56th SFS MWD, search vehicles for explosives during training with local police departments in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. The training evaluated how the dogs react to different kinds of explosive odors

SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Rango, 56th SFS MWD, search a vehicle at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2015. MWD handlers and their dogs have to search various types of vehicles in a thorough manner before the vehicles can gain access to the base.

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, carries Rango, MWD, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. MWD handlers have to train and condition their bodies to be able to carry both a full ruck sack and their dog. Handlers need to be prepared to carry their dogs in the event of an injury or if the dog becomes too tired.

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