By Louisa Moller

BOSTON (CBS) – For a floppy-eared dog, named Ficko, fun consists of running after his ball and playing hide and go seek. But, what the German Short-Haired Pointer does not realize is that his play time is a first line of defense for the Transportation Security Administration at Logan Airport.

Ficko is one of a handful of bomb-sniffing dogs that work at Logan for the TSA. His primary job is to detect the odor of explosives and alert his handler, Travis.

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Ficko, a bomb sniffing dog at Logan Airport, trains with decoy. (WBZ-TV)

“Our canines are PSC dogs. That’s passenger screening canines. They’re capable of screening moving passengers as well as stationary objects,” Travis, a canine supervisor for the TSA said.

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Before Ficko and Travis do their work, they go through a test run. The TSA deploys decoys, volunteers carrying fake bombs, to security checkpoints where Ficko is charged with sniffing them out. And, if Ficko successfully detects a bomb, he is rewarded with a little play time with his ball.

Ficko, a bomb sniffing dog at Logan Airport (WBZ-TV)

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The decoy ritual is one each bomb-sniffing dog goes through daily. That is why the TSA is looking for more volunteers to help keep their dogs sharp. For more information, contact

Louisa Moller