Labrador retrievers are boon companions but don’t expect them to function in that role at Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX come February.
Instead, the dogs will be a key part of the Super Bowl security force. They’ve been trained to detect 1,900 types of explosives, including homemade and commercial devices. The Bureauof Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has trained 35 explosive-detection canine teams and has trained 123 more dogs to work in federal, state and local agencies throughout the country.
“We’re going to have the most dogs we’ve ever had for a Super Bowl because of the size of the stadium,” says Tom Crowley, an ATF spokesman.
So Super Bowl security is going to the dogs, and a good thing, there and elsewhere.