While many dogs are companions, other dogs do serious work that helps others. Working dogs have real jobs that they take very seriously. These dogs have natural talents that are carefully honed with intensive training. Working dogs are trained to help others and they love the work. Many of the jobs done by dogs can be done by multiple dog breeds as well as mixed breed dogs. Kennel clubs and dog breed organizations categorize certain dog breeds in a "working group." While those breeds traditionally worked (such as herding or guarding), today those dogs may or may not perform those functions.
Types Of Working Dogs
Service dogs or assistance dogs are working dogs that have been specially trained to assist persons with disabilities. The ADA has special guidelines regarding service dogs and their treatment in public places. A true service dog is trained to behave well in all types of situations so the dog can accompany the handler anywhere. Therapy dogs and emotional support dogs are NOT service dogs.
Animal-assisted therapy involves the use of trained, certified animals as part of a medical patient's therapeutic plan. These "therapy dogs" offer emotional support to sick or injured persons, often visiting hospitals and nursing homes. They may also visit schools and day care centers to help educate children about dogs. Dogs of any breed, size, or age can become therapy dogs but they need the right temperament, socialization, and training. Therapy dogs must be even-tempered, well-socialized, well-trained, and non-fearful.
Police dogs, often called K-9s, are trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in the line of duty. Police dogs protect their handlers. They can chase down and hold criminal suspects who try to run from police. In some cases, K-9s might be trained to sniff out substances, but those dogs can also be categorized as detection dogs. The most common dog breeds used as police dogs include German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois.
Similar to police dogs, military working dogs assist members of the military with their operations. These dogs may be used as detectors, trackers, sentries, scouts, and for search and rescue. Most of the military working dogs are German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.
Search & Rescue Dogs
Search and rescue dogs have great agility and exceptional senses of smell and hearing. These highly trained animals serve in many different fields, including tracking, specialized search, avalanche rescue, and cadaver location. Breeds often used include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and German Shepherds.
Police Dog Training
Even though the police k9 training industry has evolved over the past 30 years, much of what takes place in the industry continues to revolve around outdated and ineffective training methods and philosophies. As such, we are dedicated to research and development programs designed to create more safe and effective police k9 and military working dog teams. We continue to examine every aspect of how we train police dogs and handlers to determine areas for improvement with the understanding that operational efficiency is paramount. As a result, we consistently improve our police k9 training and handler education programs. Critical to a majority of police dogs is the ability to effectively and safely perform detection functions. As such, much of our research and development has focused on the detection capabilities and reliability of K9 teams. This approach has allowed us the opportunity to create detection dog teams that are far more effective in operational environments.
During this course, you will be provided with a real life training approach, guiding you to a clear understanding of a working dogs psychological behaviors and mannerisms when dealing with police work. In addition, you will be exposed and involved in numerous disciplines and exercises that will build and strengthen you as a decoy. Our Instructors will work side by side with you, stressing the importance of correct positioning, delivery, and psychological effects that occur when decoying for the dog. Also, this course provides a great platform for working current issues or concerns with your canine partner at the same time.
K-9 Tactical Training Course
During this course, you will be provided with a real-life training approach, proven K-9 tactics and established advantages to strengthen K-9 teams tracking skills; as well as provide Tactical advantages during High Risk deployments. In addition, you will be exposed and involved in numerous tracking scenarios, where tactical tracking disciplines will be utilized to build and strengthen your K-9 team, while at the same time preparing you properly for real life street deployments. Suspect contact tactics will be covered in full as a huge tactical element to this problem. This course is Scenario based and will entail force on force SIMUNITIONS throughout.
Road Patrol Interaction With K-9
Road Patrol is an instrumental part of the K-9 teams’ success, so it will require everyone's involvement in the incident to be effective. This course will bring an immediate awareness of how road patrol and K-9 must work side by side to accomplish success. Course topics: Establishing a Perimeter, Perimeter Dynamics, Gathering Intelligence, Radio Discipline, Searching Businesses or Residences, Foot Pursuits, K-9 Deployments with Road Patrol, Felony Stops, Article Searches, Narcotic Searches, Patrols Responsibility during a Search, Patrols Responsibility during Engagement, Patrols Responsibility during Arrest, Report Writing, Courtroom Testimony & much, much more.
Is your K-9 Unit looking for a specific training discipline or want to work on a specific issues? Blue Line K-9 will design the course just for you. Blue Line K-9 will work side by side with you to create the perfect seminar, designed specifically based on your needs and requests. Don't hesitate! Please contact us immediately and let us schedule you today.