Moved over from the "Sport Dogs are useless" thread These are verbatim posts but please bear in mind none of these people are making generalizations about all K9 PSDs, handlers, or any people in this forum.
Jeff Oehlsen said...
Jeff Oehlsen said...
then Andres Martin said...I have to admit, I have seen some half assed performances from a PD impress the crap out of people.
I went and trained with a buddy of mine, there were a few K9 guys there. So I had invited some people from the club so we could train somewhere different. I guess they were under the same impression as the general public. OOOPS!
I have heard that they cannot train the dog unless they are being paid for it, and are also allotted so much time each month. I imagine some asswipe badge hunter cried about having to actually train his dog, and cried that he wasn't being paid for it and ruined everything for real K9 guys. I would just train anyway. I would rather be fired than dead.
then Konnie Hein said...The best of the best stay in competition, are at stud, cost too much money for a police dept, or all of the above. Police departments in the US, mostly get left-overs.
K9 handlers don't always have the "calling" for the job.
Someone recently told me that K9 officers and dogs should be under the supervision of the most elite squad in a department, and not part of the rank and file, as the rank and file are often "conformists" and lax.
I think we're way off topic here, but we're dealing with this right now on one of my USAR teams. We have 3 PSD handlers on the team who are also trying to cross-train for USAR. Nice guys, all of them (no rib shots needed Very Happy ). However, they can't leave the state with their dogs for training or testing, they can't train unless they're getting paid, they can't train USAR for more than a specific number of hours per month, they can't train in the rain (dogs might get hurt), etc. etc. etc. Basically they're getting screwed and we're all beginning to wonder why they're on the team. These types of rules also apply to any other training they do. Its really sad and I feel bad for them because I know they could be very productive if allowed to do so. Makes you wonder what the state is thinking. Being strictly a volunteer, the huge ball of red tape is new to me.
On the other hand, they get an overtime paycheck for their time spent at our training. That sure would be a nice perk!