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.