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South Coast K9 Training – Florida, U.S.A. training video
Remember if you get a dog for personal protection or to protect your family, the dog can’t fire a gun, but an armed intruder can. So, if you have your dog leashed out-doors within firing range, your dog is at risk of being shot and killed by an intruder with a gun, despite the dog’s barking waking you up so you can then get your gun – or run out the other door.
A police dog is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. Police dogs are often referred to as “K-9s” (a homophone or play on the word “canine”). The most commonly used breeds are the German Shepherd and the Belgian Malinois. In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony and a growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with bullet proof vests, police badges and ID collars. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral. See here for police dog equipment and the history of police dogs in the U.S.A.
European dogs are chosen because they have the drive to keep on fighting when injured (but this doesn’t mean all dogs of these breeds would) . It takes a physically and mentally strong dog to do that, and the dogs that are chosen to be trained also have to be very intelligent and intuitive, able to ‘read’ situations, quick at learning and responsive to the handler. Some police dogs, usually male dogs, get injured or even killed by criminals that carry knives or guns.
AUTHORITIES have issued a warning to passengers entering Australian airports with gifts over Christmas – we’ll be smelling you.
Thirty-seven sniffer dogs will be on duty at Sydney’s international airport and mail centre as part of a nationwide push to protect Australian borders.
More than 7000 high-risk items have been seized in Sydney over the past year, including sausages and fruit and veg, as well as animal skulls, a taxidermy wild boar and goat hooves.
And with the traditional Christmas spike in incoming packages, border authorities are on high alert, Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says.
“At Christmas time we know there’s about a seven per cent increase in passenger movements and mail, so we make sure there are staff available to meet that demand,” Senator Ludwig told reporters in Sydney on Monday.