K-9 Hero in Danelo Cavalcante Capture, Expert Explains Intense Dog Training

The K-9 that subdued escaped prisoner Danelo Cavalcante — to end a 2-week long manhunt  — had a massive area to search, but one law enforcement expert says the pup is the perfect officer for the job.

Michael Gould used to train K-9’s for NY police departments, and he joined us Wednesday on “TMZ Live” to explain the training thsese 4-legged officers go through to locate an escapee — and he says Cavalcante’s capture played out almost perfectly.

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Michael says dogs go through a lot of training to learn to pick up on a human scent, and he tells us why Cavalcante waiting out in the woods for an extended period made it possible for the pup to sniff him out.

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We also talked with Michael about the potential of a dog subduing a suspect like Cavalcante, and turning to deadly force if its trainer isn’t nearby.

While he thinks it’s natural for people to resist while being chomped on, a simple voice command from the trainer could call off a dog.

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As we reported, Cavalcante, who is a convicted murderer, was arrested Wednesday morning by SWAT teams and a Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Pennsylvania after 14 days of hunting. The K-9 left a minor bite wound on his scalp while he tried to break free.

Cavalcante scaled a wall at Chester County Prison at the end of August — climbing over razor wire and running across a roof before jumping to the ground below to make his escape.

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