What was initially just a tour transpired into much more based on what Sgt. Simpson noticed with our new building.
"When I took the tour, I noticed they had shiny floors, and one of our dogs was having issues with walking on shiny floors," Simpson said. "So I figured let’s get him into Spud, because that’s exactly what we look for to get them comfortable with different flooring environments."
Simpson brought along their two K-9s, Jimi and Karo. Jimi was brought to the Grand Blanc Township Police Department from Czechoslovakia while Karo came from Slovakia.
While training for Police dogs can be very complex, this day was a little more relaxed than most training sessions.
"We worked on making the dogs understand that it’s not a big deal to be on them [shiny floors]…you just desensitize them," Simpson said. "We just took them in there and played with them on the shiny floors so they get used to it."
The dogs took their time getting used to Spud’s floors, which included playing fetch with a ball and walking up and downSpud’s transparent stairs. Of course, the dogs enjoyed some attention from some of our employees as well.
This was a great opportunity for Sgt. Simpson to train his dogs for real-life situations. “You have to really prepare dogs for all these kinds of experiences, because in our line or work, you really never know when you’re going to encounter some shiny floors,” Simpson said. "The dogs made huge improvements…it was definitely really helpful."
"The Grand Blanc Township Police Department does so much for the community, we felt this was one small way we could help and are proud to have been able to play a small role in the growth of their K-9 unit" said Derek Sommer, CEO of Spud Software. "The Grand Blanc community has been good to us over the years which has contributed to our success and growth. This was an exciting moment for all involved."