Before they hit the stage, more and more entertainers and performers are requiring venues like the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the Washington Pavilion be swept for explosive devices.
With only one bomb sniffing dog located in western South Dakota, one local security business decided to do some research and bring the latest bomb sniffing dog to Sioux Falls.
"It's like having your own two year old toddler at home, I mean... he goes just absolutely crazy," says co-owner of Tri-State Security Mitch Wiese. "When he goes to work, he's able to flip the switch and know the fact that I'm here, working."
For this two year old German Shepard, a day at the office is sniffing out explosives.
"He would lay down and just keep his nose pointed right at wherever it's located," Wiese explained, elaborating on what Felix, the latest bomb sniffing dog in Sioux Falls, would do if he detected explosive chemicals.
While promoters for bands require venues like the Denny Sanford Premier Center to be swept for explosive devices before the acts take the stage, Tri-State Security offers Felix to sweep other buildings as well.
"You look at the square footage and, you know, it could take minutes it could take hours it all depends on the fact on how big of an area," Wiese said, explaining how long it takes for Felix to clear an area. "Obviously we're looking at the biggest vulnerable points."
That's where Felix uses his 16 months of training and additional 6 weeks of training alongside Mitch Wiese, co-owner of Tri-State Security and owner of Felix, to keep people safe.
"There's 19 thousand chemicals that can be used in explosives," as outlined by the ATF Wiese explained, "a dog's sense can smell 250 million." The equivalent to sniffing a teaspoon of explosive chemicals in an Olympic sized pool. And for comparison, the human nose has only about a million smell receptors.
Sniffing out bombs is not an easy job but it's an important one. One that still requires human intuition, "You can use the robots to detect [bombs] but you take, then, the human element out," Wiese says. "They can't rationalize, the machine can't. The handler and the dog can."
Trainers, like Mitch Wiese, co-owner of Tri-State Security, have a unique way of making sure that the bomb sniffing dogs remain engaged.
"We keep the training fun cause that's what the dog and the dogs are driven [by] is the fact that this is, you know, hide and go seek, this is fetch. You keep the training fun so that the dogs stay engaged."
And when Felix finds an explosive device, instead of a treat, he gets a yellow ball.
"This is his reward. Some dogs get treats but, as far as with the explosive dogs, they all get a reward and it's usually a ball of some sort," explained Mitch Wiese, co-owner of Tri-State Security and owner of Felix.
To show what a good job Felix did, as owner Mitch Wiese says, playing a dangerous game of hide and seek.
Felix currently works for the private security business Tri-State Security. Wiese has reached out to the Sioux Falls Police and hopes sometime in the future that the two can work together. If your business need Tri-State Security's service, you can find ways to contact them here.
Felix will be sweeping the Denny Sanford Premier Center before Blake Shelton takes stage tomorrow at 7:30pm, there are still tickets available. You can find more information here.