Training dogs for the police force is no small thing. It is a lengthy process that involves multiple handlers and candidate dogs. These incredible dogs are put through their paces over hazardous courses and in mock confrontations with dangerous human elements. It all begins with obedience training, where the dogs are instructed to sit, stay down, heel and recall. These basic control orders lay the groundwork for the later more complex performances. Here the handler bonds with the dog and trust is built up between them. Get this right and they can go on to greater heights.
Training Inspector Rex: Bark & Bite
Next, comes the challenging obstacle course, where dogs are exposed to simulations of emergency situations. The dog may be required to leap into a body of water and swim to a target located on the other bank. There might be a fire and the dog must remain under control and ready to respond to a handler’s order. All these situations are to get the dogs to perform under duress, as it would be in an emergency rescue of some type. The bond between handler and dog must be able to withstand the stress during these encounters.
In the False Run, a trained police dog will be exposed to human elements running at them with the seeming intent of hurting the dog. Despite the threatening behaviour of the perceived risk the trained dog will not attack until commanded to do so by his handler. The restraint exercised is the mark of the well trained police dog. When the dog is finally instructed to attack, it will attack the assailant until commanded to stand down or until the assailant gives up. The trained police dog will then stay guarding the assailant, whilst the police officer gets assistance.
Police dogs are also trained in tracking and searching suspects. Investigation training is one of the most important tasks they perform for police. They can be trained as specialist explosive detection dogs and/or narcotic detection dogs. Utilising the heightened canine sensory ability to smell out things, these dogs can track and sniff out contraband and dangerous substances. These dogs are not fazed by gunfire or any other loud noises or distractions. They are trained to remain focused on the job at hand no matter what. Training Inspector Rex: Bark & bite is what this is all about and he will not let you down. Nefarious elements are no match for this four legged police officer and they will soon be prostrating themselves before Inspector Rex.