Originally Posted by DynamicDuo
While the emphasis is on the handler/k9 bond the entire first year there is definitely socialization. Most police k9ís are much friendlier and sociable than you would think. Iíve come across a few that were not so friendly but most are very social and love the community aspect of their job. They also train in groups and with other dogs in large classes so they get A LOT of socialization. Once properly socialized it is almost entirely obedience work and some basic agility work. K9ís have to be obedient and on point. They teach controlled aggression - thereís a great book that they use that I have somewhere - but everything is on command at the command of their handler. Iíve seen a number of dogs drop into a down stay immediately on command when at a full sprint away from their handlers both in police/corrections work and in PSA trials. It all starts with obedience. And constant practice. My ex was in Texas for 6 mos training to learn and become certified. Most dogs in police work come with basic obedience when purchased but those skills need to be reinforced and refined with their handler. Of course thatís how it is in the states. Things could be entirely different in Australia.
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Cool, Rob peladeau was in California he was the trainer and was the one saying there's no other dog socialisation in the beginning he would have 10 or so dogs at a time but they all for the first year of their life only interact with him individually
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