DENVER -- The Denver Police Department has been teaching a class called "Pups on Patrol" for about a year.
It's designed to educate dog owners what to look for when on their daily or nightly walk with their four-legged friends.
Close to 70 owners and their dogs took part in the most recent class.
Part of the education process is learning to text police instead of calling 911 when something suspicious is seen.
David Martinez, with his dog Amigo, said the class is already paying off.
“Amigo was looking at a car that was parked at Sloan’s Lake … car was towed away from there," he said.
Other tips from police to dog walkers include to always carry a cellphone and a flashlight.
Dogs become honorary department K-9s after completing the one-hour class.