Police Dogs Are Definitely Pawsome

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As I was driving out of my apartment complex yesterday, I noticed a cop car drive by with huge letters on the side stating something like “STAY AWAY. COP DOG VEHICLE.” I immediately started to think about how pets are trained and used in today’s society. Yes, most of us have dogs as lovable pets that go wherever you go, but have you ever sat down and thought about all the other dogs out there? This particular article that I found online mentions several things dogs are trained to do, but focuses on police dogs.

 

No one is quite sure when humans first domesticated dogs, but one thing is certain — dogs and people have been working side by side for thousands of years. Modern training methods have led to dogs becoming an integral part of many people’s lives, not just as companions, but also as guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and bomb- or drug-sniffing dogs. But few dogs are asked to give as much of themselves as police dogs.

Today, police forces in most major cities use police dogs to track criminals, sniff out illegal materials, search buildings, and do other jobs human police officers can’t do as well as a dog can. Not only are there thousands of police dogs on the job on any given day, but there are also hundreds of police dogs who have given their lives to protect and serve.

Companions like Hachiko are great, but police dogs are just as noble.

I always had this impression that all police dogs were German Shepherds, but that is obviously not the case. In fact, they can include Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois. A qualified police dog must have intelligence, aggression, strength, and a great sense of smell. These bad boys (since most cop dogs are boys) are usually left unneutered. That’s right folks. Unneutered dogs have great use too! This allows the police dog to retain his aggression for the purpose of the job.

Now how much does a police dog cost to purchase? For one that is purchased from Europe, where the best police dogs are trained and bred, they average a whopping $8,500 just to have them bought and shipped to the US. Apparently these dogs pay for themselves with money seized from drug dealers. Incredible? There’s more!

Did you ever think that police office handlers yell out commands in another language (such as Dutch or German) so that no one can give the dog the “attack” command besides the handler? False. It’s all a myth. The reason handlers do this is because it’s much easier for the handler to learn commands that a dog has already been taught in its native language than to teach him new ones in English.

Cool new facts, huh? Anyway, if you want to read more about this topic, go ahead and go to the article for further reading. =) Chow!

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