Police dog in Australia
Service dogs are used around the world for completely different purposes. Accordingly, dog training takes place in all countries in different ways and depending on what it is trained for.
Thus, in Australia, the practice of using dogs by private detective agencies is very common. An firm called Infidelity Private Investigator Sydney agency has extensive experience using service dogs to investigate various cases. In fact, service dogs have a very wide range of use. With their help, you can both find drugs and search for missing people.
Police dogs are specially trained to assist the police and other law enforcement officers carry out different duties. They are mostly male and are chosen carefully according to their unique attributes. These attributes include a great sense of smell, high sensitivity, intelligence, strength, and aggression.
The police dog in action has an officer who together with the dog make up a K-9 unit. The officers working with dogs must be dedicated, outgoing, energetic (with great physical conditioning) and with exemplary records like plenty of arrests leading to convictions.
How a K-9 unit works
A K-9 unit is made up of a dog and an officer who is also the handler. The officer usually works 60 hours every week and is paid handsomely. Once in the job, there’s no backing out. This ensures a symbiotic relationship between the officer and the dog. A police dog’s career usually lasts for a maximum period of six years. Every week the K-9 unit spends about 8hours of training. The dog is usually the officer’s partner both at home and work. He ensures the dog gets proper training and health and welcomes the dog into his/her family. The unit performs two major duties namely general police duties and specialized tasks.
General police duties
General duties designate that the handler working with dog accompany each other when responding to emergencies and call and on traffic stops. Specialized tasks These are specific duties where the police dog takes the leading role. Such duties include detecting chemicals, explosives, and illegal substances; rescue and track kidnapped people; locating submerged and buried bodies or missing human parts; identifying people who were in contact with illicit substances.
Police dog training
Police dogs are usually trained with their favorite toy usually a white towel in a tug-of-war game. This towel is washed to ensure it does not have any scent. Later a bag with a substance like marijuana is folded up inside the towel the hidden.
With time, the dog starts to get familiar with its toy’s smell. Its trainer then hides the towel with various substances in different places.
The dog searches for the toy and whenever he sniffs it, he scratches and digs it out to get his toy. With continuous training, the dog learns that if he sniffs out the substance, he gets rewarded with tug-of-war. The training process enables him to identify illegal substances.
How to become a police dog handler
The general rule of joining the K-9 unit is that the officer must have experience working as a police officer. Having experience in animal handling is a plus since the officer needs to interact with the police dog.
The main things that the officer learns during the training include dog safety, obedience, crowd control, tracking, and how to care for their partner. The training process has an intensely practical session which constitutes of suspect apprehension, protection exercises, tactical deployment, and bite. The officers are also trained to be personable and approachable.
The coordination between the police dog and officer should be perfect to ensure the productivity of the K-9 unit.