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Training to sniff out cherry disease

Wenatchee Kennel Club trains 'ag dogs' to detect little cherry disease

EAST WENATCHEE — When Wenatchee Kennel Club member Sue Edick called out “Cherry!” her dog Cubby, an Entlebucher mountain dog, barked loudly and leapt into action.

While most dogs might not react to the command, Cubby knew it well. He moved quickly from tree to tree, pausing only to sniff. When he found what he was looking for, he barked again and looked to Edick for feedback. She gave him a treat from her pocket for his good work and, almost immediately, he was moving down the line again in search of the scent.

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