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Important and Interesting Facts about Police Dog Training

While Human Beings are called the intelligent lot, we are absolutely unaware of the wonderful  mental capacity and intelligence of animals. They can master certain tasks like it’s their business to take care of. A little practice and repetition takes their skill a long way and trains them along to play games, learn to perform entertaining stunts as well as help in law enforcement with their hard working and ferocious attitude. Dogs as such are easy learners and they gain reputation and recognition for their diverse skills. No wonder dogs are perfect choices for Police training programs.

European canines showed active participation in law enforcement from mid 18th century. Criminals in dark alleys could be dangerous and it was a good choice for night shift officers to depend on Bloodhounds or Belgian Malinois for it would be extremely tough to hide from them. Criminals thus chose to surrender trying to avoid a dog bite.

At the time of World War 1, official training was imparted to canines in Belgium and Germany so as to assign them guard duty in London as well as other European cities. When crime rates saw a steep rise in World War II, K9 training became more crucial as aggression and strength were only two of the many characteristics required to assist law enforcement. Other traits required included a strong sense of smell as well as intelligence and sharp reflexes. Hence, a number of breeds were monitored in trials to zero in on which suited the job best.

Basic Obedience Classes imparted to all K9’s make them obey their handler who make sure to keep their aggression under check. Only after the basic obedience training is the specialty training provided. Detection dogs are trained to sniff and detect explosive material, bombs, causes and locations of fire as well as other illegal substances including drugs. Search and rescue dogs may as well locate missing objects. Most dogs are trained in diverse fields making them an asset in assisting rescue during natural disasters.

In the United states, in was only in the last five decades that canines gained importance in law enforcement. The K9’s are assigned a human partner with both having to undergo strict training and to meet a certain criteria. The partners are then to remain dedicated to each other through the course of the others life until retirement.

Handlers and Co-workers need to maintain a certain degree of respect for their K9’s for best response to commands. K9’s are often seen wearing bullet proof vests and badges that signify their importance. While it is felony to kill a K9 intentionally, their death on duty calls for proper funeral. Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds are often most popular choices for they do not hesitate to cause self harm in process of defending their partners.

There are also professional studies at universities alongside online courses to help train a police dog trainer whose career is as challenging as exciting.

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5 Most Important Considerations when Purchasing a Protection Dog

You’ve heard a thousand opinions on how dogs make the cutest pets ever. Most reliable too! These faithful lovelies have surely guarded human homes and perhaps even human beings for as long as history exists. They’ve been the protective shield of rapid reflexes and keen awareness making them perhaps your most priceless asset.

Have you thought of a world where home protection was unknown of? As heinous as crimes get today, it is only impossible to deter the importance of home protection dogs in our daily lives. They are your rescue system from assault, burglary, gate crashers and attempts of violence too. Are they not life savers? However, it is not necessary that you need a trained protection dog. Many can do without them, and many need dogs trained specially in specific fields. Here are certain factors which are of relevant consideration before you conclude to purchase a protection dog.

1. Ability

The specific fields of training your dog has undergone plays a major role in deciding whether or not it suits the role you desire. Not only is it necessary to be aware of the ability for purposes of choosing which dog to purchase but also to know which real time situation would it able to handle. It is important to know whether your dog is trained to attack or only to raise awareness. How quick is his reflex and what is the signal required to make him act in a certain critical situation. These are certain factors which cannot be undermined under any circumstances to ensure personal safety.

2. Cost

You may love to have a dog trained to protect under all circumstances but your budgetary allowances play a major role in your decision. The cost variation is a broad spectrum ranging from $1200 to more than $50,000. Also, just getting the costliest dog is not work full done. They may be trained for highly professional environment to be dealt with by proper dog trainers as in Police Squads. You must therefore set a budget and enquire about your choice of training that suits your pocket as well as requirements. You may also consider certain finance schemes if the need be.

3. Breed

Yes, you may be mighty pleased by the Chihuaua, but it would be able to do little than put up a defensive spirit to protect the owner or their belongings. Breeds play a major role in the ability of the protection dogs. Size may not matter, but strength does, making German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois the perfect choice for protection dogs. They have a controllable yet easily instigative temper and they will not hesitate to act on their reflexes. You must also consider health issues which giant breeds may be vulnerable to. Also, the dogs that serve the purpose best are those bred in areas of specialization that enhances work ability more than the physical attribute towards intimidating. Also, you must consider whether or not the breed is suitable to you as certain humans may be allergic to a particular breed’s fur.

4. Guarantee

Often overlooked as irrelevant, replacement guarantee by the vendor is of utmost importance. They would only not give guarantee when they are sure that their protection dogs will not serve the purpose well. It is possible that certain dogs do not gel well with their owners or may not be trained well enough for the owner’s requirements. This is why, for your and the dog’s best interest in mind, to have a replacement guarantee is inevitable.

5. Surroundings

This factor will be best determined by the vendor. Certain dogs are trained to perform best in family and indoor environments whereas others may be too harsh for homely atmosphere and trained for rougher field jobs. The presence of kids, the size of the house, availability of resources play major deciding factor to which dog will suit you best. It is an effort in vain to try to be hospitable to a dog best suited for training and protection in huge open areas while trying to accommodate him in the hustle bustle of a one bedroom apartment. Chances are that the results would be more adverse than favourable.

That said, it is in your best interest to weigh on each of the above factors before zeroing in on the dog. It is always recommendable to depend on your vendor to get your protection dog to be familiar with you and respond to your commands before it is handed over to you. You may as well seek advice of the vendor to help determine which dog will suit your requirements best.

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