"A lot of people don't think of that and then they get the dog and all of the sudden they realize they are invested in the dog and it quadruples in cost from what they originally thought it would be."
NAPWDA, which has been in existence since 1977, was established to help assist police and law enforcement around the world with K-9 units.
"We just want to make sure that every K-9 unit out there has the ability to be certified to a standard that is recognized throughout the country in court and that they are getting the most up-to-date and latest technology and techniques that are out there," he said.
Ashabranner reiterated the strong bond held between an officer a police dog -- a relationship he says differs from that with a human partner.
"You feel like no matter how bad your day is, that dog can seem to bring your day up," he said.
"You might have had a bad day at work or a bad day with the family, but as soon as you see that dog, you see that unconditional love and all he wants to do is put his head on your lap and wants you to pet him and wants you to play ball with him.
All of the sudden you just forget about that bad day and think, 'Here's my partner, here's my buddy right here. No matter what happens, he always loves me.' "