• Name: Ranger
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 69 pounds
  • Birthday: January 6, 2015
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Dave Wiley
  • Location: Nashville Field Division

K-9 Ranger, a graduate of ATF's Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) program, is a trained Explosives Detection Canine (EDC).  K-9 Ranger specializes in finding explosives, post blast debris, firearms, ammunition and shell casings once they have been fired from a firearm.  By use of whistle commands and hand signals, Ranger can work off-leash, up to 150 yards away, to search specific targets such as vehicles, luggage, boxes, trashcans and backpacks.  When Ranger is on the target, he will search for explosives and/or firearms.  When Ranger smells an explosive or firearm Ranger will give the alert, which is to sit.  With Ranger having the ability to search off-leash at a distance up to 150 yards away, this allows for additional safety for emergency response crews so they can remain at a safe distance from a potential threat.  


K-9 Ranger started his career with ATF in September 2015.  Bred as an American Field Trial dog, destiny had other ideas for Ranger leading him to a career as an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  K-9 Ranger graduated from ATF’s K-9 training facility in Front Royal, Va., on June 24, 2016.  Ranger can sniff out current and obsolete military, commercial, and homemade explosives.  He has been successful in assisting federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on numerous searches to include the recovery of explosives, post blast debris, firearms, ammunition and shell casings.  Ranger has been deployed on numerous security details as well.

Recent Find:


First responders investigated a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) found on a vehicle at an elementary school.  Ranger was called in to conduct a secondary search of the school grounds.  After the bomb squad had disrupted the device, Ranger again searched the area around the device.  Ranger alerted to components of the device that were scattered on the ground, which looked like C-4 explosives.  The investigation led to the perpetrators arrest and conviction.  The perpetrators used the device in an attempt to distract law enforcement so they could commit a secondary crime, which they were unable to carry out.  One suspect admitted he had placed explosive powders in the putty so the device would appear to be real when the dog alerted to it.


In his spare time, K-9 Ranger loves to catch his Frisbee, play ball, and swim.

Last Reviewed August 24, 2017