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How To Successfully Use A Police K9 (Part 2)

Some of the best workers in law enforcement have four paws. That’s right — police dogs serve an integral role in helping everyday police officers with their day-to-day tasks. As we mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series, police K9s can perform several jobs in law enforcement, including drug detection, crowd control and criminal apprehension.

In today’s blog post, also Part 2 of this blog series, we’ll go over a few more ways you can successfully use a police K9 for law enforcement purposes. At Custom Canine, we’re known nation-wide for providing high-quality, top-of-the-line K9 training classes, whether you want to train police dogs for drug detection purposes or explosive detection purposes.

Contact our trainers at Custom Canine today for more information regarding our police K9 training classes, and continue reading below for successful, practical uses of police K9s in the real world. Check out Part 1 of this blog series here.

For Traffic Stops

If you ever get pulled over by a police officer, you might notice a trained police K9 in their vehicle. Believe it or not, this for drug detection purposes. It’s legal for police dogs to sniff the air outside of a lawfully stopped car, and if the trained dog gives a positive alert, the officer is given probable cause to search the car for any concealed drugs.

For Tracking

Have you seen a movie where a dog is given an item to smell to search for a person? This is the very basic version of a skill called “tracking” that police dogs can be trained for. Police K9s are trained to follow a person via their footsteps, searching for any ground disturbances that were created by their footsteps. A well-trained K9 can track on any surface, whether it be concrete or dirt.

For On-Foot Pursuits

Slightly different from tracking, on-foot pursuits require a police K9 to chase after a suspect if they flee a scene. The K9 unit should be ordered by the police officer to apprehend the suspect if they flee on foot, and this usually is the second or third vehicle used in the pursuit.  

It’s important to know that police officers should not run after the suspect if they opt to utilize this tactic, as the trained K9 might bite them instead.

Sign Up For A Police K9 Training Course Today

Custom Canine Unlimited is proud to have a team of certified police K9 trainers that can help you train your police dogs as necessary. We want to provide you with the skillset to train a hardworking police K9 that can successfully accomplish any job you assign them.

On top of our police K9 training courses, we also have K9 teams for hire and boarding services as well.

Sign up for a class with us today to find out why Custom Canine is a premier dog training facility in the nation. Reach our staff by giving us a call at (877) 799-4806 or by completing our online form. And of course, if you haven’t yet, check out Part 1 of this blog series here.

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