Category: Police Dogs

Purchasing Older Pups as Working Dogs

This article is not for folks who want/have a pet puppy.  Rather, it is directed towards those wanting a future working dog.  If that’s you, read on and save yourself some money, time, and frustration. Many people short-circuit their working dog goals before they ever get their new pup home.  Why?  They purchased a young… Read more »

The Future of the K9 Unit: Some Police Dogs are Getting Cameras

Police Dog Cameras

For years now, a K9 Unit has been an essential tool of any major police or law enforcement department. Properly trained dogs help lead the way, when it comes to finding suspects, detecting explosives, and looking for key pieces of evidence. Which is why they’re often so deeply invested in. Recently, a new trend is… Read more »

Passive Bites for the Police K9

Your number is called on the radio for backup at the city park.  Upon arrival you meet with a fellow officer and discuss his suspicions. You find a suspect seated with his head in arms on a picnic table.  You notice a bottle of whiskey open and laying on its side, with the contents gone. … Read more »

A Word about K9 Certification

Annual or semi-annual certifications for Police K9 teams are a big deal.  Certification is a testing of the team’s skills and should be conducted by an independent tester/organization.  Let’s look at a few thoughts about certification. First, many departments are of the opinion that certifications must be conducted by a national agency but this is… Read more »

Importance of Exercise for Trained Dogs

Exercising Your Dog

If you have a dog that is being trained to become a police dog, a security dog, or another type of dog that will play an important role, you might think that you need to limit the amount of exercise it gets on a regular basis. After all, your dog is going to be spending… Read more »

Excellence Travels Down the Leash

Listen.  Every working dog handler is tempted to settle for mediocre.  It takes effort to excel.  To have a solid, reliable, confident team, handlers and trainers must invest time, energy, and effort.  If you are satisfied with average, your dog will be also.  If you demand excellence, lead towards excellence, and train with excellence, your… Read more »

Calling K9: A History of Police Canine Units

Canines have been a useful partner to police and security authorities for centuries, but how did law enforcement dogs become such a common sight? Let’s take a closer look at the history of police dogs. The origin of police K9s goes back thousands of years – just look at stories from ancient times of guard… Read more »

Confidence is a Necessity in Protection Dogs

One of the prerequisites of a personal protection dog is confidence.  If/when this dog’s services are needed, it will be during an extremely stressful situation.  Personal assaults and home intrusions are very stressful indeed; for the victim, the aggressor, and the dog.  If dogs are to be successful in preventing or averting these types of… Read more »

So You Want to Become a Police Dog Trainer?

So, you’re interested in becoming a police dog trainer. Here at Dog Trainer College, we have lots of experience training police dog trainers, and the first thing you should know is that police dog handling is certainly not for everyone. It can be very difficult, frustrating and even dangerous at times.  Trainers and handlers have… Read more »

Learn to Train Cadaver Dogs at Dog Trainer College

What does it take to turn regular, ordinary dogs into expert police investigators who can help with homicide or murder investigations? Cadaver dog training. Dogs have an excellent sense of smell, combined with their exceptional tracking and locating abilities, which makes them perfect for helping police investigate crime scenes and for finding missing persons. How… Read more »