K-9 Claude takes a much needed break after a long day at work
  • Name: Claude
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 80 pounds
  • Birthday: July 13, 2013 
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Eric Kotchian
  • Location: Boston Field Division

K-9 Claude is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Boston Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler Eric Kotchian. His job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. K-9 Claude is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from his handler and detect more than 19,000 distinct odors. K-9 Claude started his training with the Guiding Eyes organization.

Recent Find 

During his career, K-9 Claude has assisted law enforcement investigations by finding illegally possessed firearms; recovering evidence at shooting scenes and responding to bomb threats.  

K-9 Claude has also helped law enforcement prevent acts of terrorism by providing security sweeps at events such as Presidential Inaugurations, State of the Union Addresses, Papal Visits, the Super Bowl, the Boston Marathon and the Boston Pops 4th of July Extravaganza.    


Last Reviewed May 5, 2022