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Whether a police department is big or small, your
assignment to the K9 Unit will depend primarily
upon the relationships you form with members of
that unit.  Here's where the similarities between K9
units and other specialized units part.

When you're forming those relationships, you never
want to come across as a self styled expert.  K9
training is just like a lot of other things when it
comes to the philosophical and technical aspects.  
Those aspects regarding training will vary among
police departments.  One style of doing things will
not necessarily be better than another.

In most police departments, your canine partner will
be your partner on a 24/7 basis.  He'll be a member
of your family where he'll interact with family
members much like any other family pet.  Of course,
he's not just a pet, he'll be a fully functioning police
officer just like you.  
K-9  
The Ultimate Partner
Before I became a police officer, I had the
opportunity to observe the incredible capabilities of
police dogs and their handlers.  So… when I became
a police officer in 1971, it was my fondest wish to
work with a K-9 partner.  Alas, that wish would
never be fulfilled.  In my case, the timing and the
politics never aligned, but my inability to grab my
top choice assignment never diminished my awe of,
and appreciation for, K-9 cops.

I’m sure that some of you share the same wish I
had.  Some of you may already be familiar with
K-9’s, or you’re looking for more insight.  Either
way, I’ve found two great books on the subject.
Police Dog Home Page  Eden Consulting Group is
a business comprised of police officers dedicated to
the training of police K9 handlers. As working the
streets becomes more dangerous to officers and
the citizens we protect, we must keep abreast of
the most versatile and successful techniques
available to us. Our goal is to provide those
techniques to you and to support you in providing
the most effective and ethical service possible to
your community.
Scott's Police K-9 Import Services Welcome to
Scott's Police K-9 Import Services, we are located in
Asheboro North Carolina. We provide pre-tested
and fully trained K-9's for, law enforcement,
Government Militaries, Federal Agencies, Private K-9
Security Companies and Citizens protecting their
Home or Business. Our Importers are certified
Master Trainers, Certified Police K-9 Handlers and
are former US Military Soldiers.  Our K-9's are
rigorously tested before we offer them for sale. Our
dogs are guaranteed for workability, Hips X-Rayed
and inoculated against communicable diseases and
are guaranteed against genetic health diseases.
We travel to Europe to ensure that we have the top
dogs available in our kennel. Whatever your needs
may be, from a new Police K9 or a Home protection
dog to protect you and your family, we have the
experience and training to place you with the right
K9. Every dog is handpicked by one of our Master
Trainers.
RCMP Police Dog Service  The RCMP Police Dog
Service Training Centre is a national training centre
established to provide suitable training and quality
control in respect to all operational Police Service
Dog teams within the RCMP and those agencies who
have requested and obtained training at the centre.
Vancouver Police Dog Squad  The Vancouver
Police Dog Squad is well known internationally and
by many is considered one the finest dog squads to
be found anywhere. Training methods have been
refined throughout the 40 year history. The
resulting training method used is not in the classic
'Schutzhund' style which is common in shows and
competitions. Although some components are
similar, it is neither realistic, safe or practical for the
unpredictable nature of urban, street-level policing.
Our reputation was earned by the squad's
productivity in criminal apprehension work, urban
tracking skills, and the quest of continually
improving efficiency in training and deployment
techniques. We recently accomplished another 'first'
in becoming the first Canadian Police Department to
train dogs as a component of the Emergency
Response Team.
Battle Ridge Kennels & K9 Services  Police
service dogs trained at Battle Ridge K9 are trained
by Professionals with years of law enforcement
experience and who are current or previous K9
handlers and administrators. Our trainers have
encountered the same situations on the street that
they are training police service dogs to encounter.
They know by experience.
Castle's K9, Inc. At Castle's K-9 our four to six
and ten week program is designed to prepare your
officer and canine for everyday life on the street.
Our 200-hour four-week program of training
includes classroom training covering over thirty
areas of police dog training. Our 500-page manual
will assist your officer with the classroom studies.
Our rigorous field training exercises are not for the
weak at heart. This is very rigorous program and
your handler must be in top condition. All handlers
must be able to carry their canine; so being in
shape is a must.
Police K9 Training - Tarheel Canine Training  As
a K9 handler you are asked to step up when things
heat up. Today’s K9 officer must be well educated
and savvy; they face great demands to be skilled
and tactically sound. At TK9 we do not insult your
intelligence, we ask you to put it to work. Small
classes, hand selected dogs, and excellent
instructors challenge you to the best of your
abilities, both physically and mentally. Learning to
be a top K9 officer involves using your mind to
understand your dog, and the scenarios you will
find yourself in on the street.
Police K-9
Training
"As a partner goes, you could never find a
more loyal and courageous partner than a
police dog." ~ Barry M. Baker
At some point during your police career, you may
want to train as a K-9 officer.  If you're starting
your career with that assignment already in mind,
you should choose a police department that takes a
lot of pride in its K9 Unit.  Unlike other specialized
units where people can pass in and out without a
lot of fanfare, a K9 assignment is entirely different.  
You must be prepared to provide a high level of
commitment in time and energy to achieve a high
level of performance from both you and your canine
partner.  As a partner goes, you could never find a
more loyal and courageous partner than a police
dog.  However, his level of performance will depend
entirely on the skills you develop as a trainer and
handler.
Badge On My Collar II;
To Serve with Honor
by Marilyn Jeffers Walton.
Police Author Kathy "Kat" Albrecht is a
former police bloodhound handler,
crime scene investigator, search and
rescue manager, and police officer
turned investigative pet detective.  
Kat's Website

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