While Skiff enjoys his playtime — he especially likes to frolic with children — he also has an uncanny knack for knowing when it’s time for business, May said.
“He is a aggressive when he needs to be aggressive,” he said when asked about Skiff’s disposition.
May and Skiff were one of 13 teams of police handlers and dogs to receive their certifications from the Canine program Tuesday. Each team must return to Cooperstown biannually for recertification.
The greatest challenge during training was getting to the point where dog and handler “are on the same playing field,” May said.
“We kept working together until I could read him,” he said. “If he does something that makes me frustrated, that frustration will actually go down the lead, and he’ll actually stop working.”
He said he is looking forward to going out on patrol with Skiff. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” the trooper said.