Our dog team consists of Hendrix, his handler, and an agricultural biologist.
During a typical inspection, Hendrix's handler will direct him through hundreds of packages. Hendrix uses his powerful nose to sniff each package. Once he detects the scent of an agricultural product, Hendrix will alert our handler by scratching on the package.
When Hendrix alerts on a package, the assisting biologist takes the parcel off the belt and will inspect the contents to determine if it is allowed into California. All agricultural material shipped into California must comply with quarantine regulations, labeling regulations, and must be free of invasive species of insects, plant diseases, and weeds.