Tag: police dog training

4 Surprising Facts About Working K9’s That You Probably Didn’t Know

Police Dog Trainer

Working dogs are truly like no other. From service dogs to police K9’s, we should be grateful for the hard work that these dogs do each day. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about service dogs: A K9 Will Typically Go into Service Between 18-24 Months Most working dogs are… Read more »

4 Types of Working Dogs

Types of Working Dogs

While dogs are known to be our beloved household companions, some dogs are also known to be incredibly hard workers in the professional world. Working dogs take their jobs very seriously to help others, and their work doesn’t go unrecognized. Let’s look at four different types of working dogs that you may commonly find in… Read more »

How Police Dogs are Trained for Their Job

Training a Police Dog

Police K9 dogs are a significant part of law enforcement. They are responsible for saving lives and protecting others. A K9 needs to be alert, calm, obedient, and quick to learn. There is a lot of training that a professional dog trainer must do to prepare a dog to become a K9 officer. Adapt to… 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 »

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 »

Should Police K9s still be trained on Marijuana?

There is much debate among law enforcement personnel these days about whether police K9s should still be trained to alert on Marijuana.  With the recent legalization of the narcotic in some states – and other states threatening to do so – the question is certainly a valid one. We will tell you up front that… Read more »

Selecting a Police K9

Correct selection of a K9 is a major component of the successful K9 team.  Many departments end up running inferior K9 units because they fail in this very important part of the program.  Choosing the wrong dog will cause the department to continually “spin their wheels.” First, firmly establish your goals for the K9 unit/team. … Read more »

Patrol dog won’t engage the suspect

So you’ve got a patrol dog that won’t engage a decoy/suspect?  Man, is that ever frustrating!  What’s up? A dog’s failure to engage a suspect can cause an unsafe environment for the officers at the scene.  Furthermore, the handler then becomes so engrossed with the dog’s poor performance that he loses focus on what else… Read more »

Problem Solving

Just like in any other unit in law enforcement, problems can arise with K9 teams.  It could be the dog or the handler, or even an ignorant, bull-headed, anti-K9 Chief or Sheriff.  Let’s look at some problems, particularly that may show up in the dog’s behavior. One of the common areas of need in many… Read more »

Problems Created in Training

Many of the problems that officers see on the street is a direct result of problems created in training.  Good training leads to good results.  Bad training leads to poor results.  If your level of training is raised, you will see better performance in the field.  By the way, don’t just show up for training… Read more »