DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Search and rescue dogs and their handlers are gathering in Ohio this weekend to show off their stuff.
About 25 dogs and their handlers will participate in a national standard testing process in Dayton.
They'll go through tests on agility, response to commands and barking alert skills.
Members of a Federal Emergency Management Agency state task force say these dogs begin training when they are one year old and retire at age 10. They serve in missions an average of nine years.
Officials say the dogs are able to locate survivors more rapidly and safely than by any other means.