K-9 Police Dogs in Action (video)

 

The most popular breeds of K-9 police dogs are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, and occasionally mixes of these breeds. Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, and Bouvier de Flandres are also used at times but are less popular. Interestingly enough, both males and females make superb police dogs.

Most of these breeds can begin their training as early as 12 months, since most are immature and unable to fully concentrate.  Trying to do so sooner, makes it too difficult for a handler to instruct them properly. Depending on the health status of the dog, they can serve up to the age of about 10 years before retiring to live at home with their handler as a family pet.

 

Between their work shifts, most Police Dogs spend time in their kennels, where they receive good nutrition and a safe clean environment to get the rest they need for their next shift. On some occasions, they may come in the house during their days off or even daily before and after their shift.

The most common training for these K-9’s is patrol training.  This is type of training includes searching for narcotics well as honing their obedience and agility skills.   Scent discrimination is a skill we are most familiar with.   A K-9 takes a whiff of someone’s shirt and is off and running to find the scent on a human.  This type of training is useful in identifying a potential suspect with a potentially dangerous object such as a weapon or explosive device. Some are trained in specific areas such as searching for dead bodies, lost children and the elderly.

The video below shows handlers working with these amazing K-9’s during some training exercises.  You can see for yourself that these police dogs love their job and are eager to do the work and please their handlers. What a great addition to the any police force!

 

 

Featured Image Source: policemag.com
Puppy Image Source: justsomething

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