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K-9 police training company moves to Reno

RENO, Nev. -- Starting this week, national K-9 police dogs are developing their skills here in the Biggest Little City.

Vigilant Canine Services International trains dogs for various law enforcement agencies around the world. The company's LLC is out of Las Vegas, and CEO Buck Dikes said it is time to return home to Nevada.

"The city of Reno has pretty much welcomed us with open arms," said Dikes. "Something we didnt get in California."

VCSI started in Afghanistan in 2008 and trained dogs for military and civilian security. Now, they train dogs and provide advanced handler training to law enforcement agencies. Dogs begin training knowing how to bite and learn control and discipline through the program.

The dogs come from Europe and Israel, and training lasts about a month. "At the completion of that five week course, the handler and the dog have the basic knowledge and skills to be evaluated under police officer standards and training," said Dikes.

Reno has licensed the company, and kennels are being transported to the new facility where 40 dogs will be trained at one time.

Operations in Florida, Michigan and other locations will stay open while Reno becomes the global headquarters.