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Posted about 5 years ago

 

TO all my K9 brothers...I am currently competing for a k9 position in my department. I need some help on where I can study up on k9 operations. I really want to be k9 but for me in order to do this is because I want to be the best I can. Any info would be great.


Thanks

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

 Read your K9 SOP over and over again.  Pick the brains of the current handlers on basic scent, search work, obedience etc..


Check out some of the numerous police K9 training websites out there and read, read, read.  I'll send you some links.


 It takes years to get even moderately good so don't think you're going to know it all in a short time before the interviews.


 


 Good luck. It's the best job in the world.,

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Thanks Kilo for the info, any and all help will be of great use. I understand that it will take time and effort on my part to be a good handler, but it doesn't stop me from starting to learn now.


 

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I have an oral board for the K9 position on the 18th of August., I need help from examples from all you K9 guys/gals...puulllleeeeaaaaasssssseeeee/

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

SOPs like Kilo said.  Study up on use of force issues involving K9s.  Go to training with the K9 Officers to see what this is all about.  They would appreciate you volunteering to be a decoy.  LOL!  But, really, there's a lot of work that needs to be put in that requires a lot of sacrifice on your behalf.  Remember, there will be (more than likely) a lengthy commitment.  You also will need a residence with a fenced yard and it's always a good idea to get you neighbor's approval (even though not needed) to make yourself look like a good candidate.  If you owned dogs in the past (personal ones) it helps. 


Good luck.


"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
George Orwell

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Unfortunatly I can no do training with our K9 officer (only have one at the moment) and the board is next Tues. We have a 4 yr commitment as k9 but I think I will do it longer. It takes alot from us as individuals which I know but to me working with man's best friend is more than worth it in the end.


So hopefully I can convience the panal that I am the cop for them.  I just hope they don't base everything off of the pt test they give us....I am just coming off of two injuries within the last year and am not in the best of shape (cracked ribs and messed up rotator cuff.)


So I am really hoping they don't hold that against me. But we shall see....thanks for the info...and I really look forward to joining the ranks of you K9 officers....soon....


 

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Check this out - (as all K9 officers should) -


www.swgdog.org


Cheers -

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Read up on the basic K9 functions: obedience, tracking, narcotics (or explosive) detection, article and area searches, and aggression/apprehension.  K9 history and basic animal health.   It's a lot to cram for, especially when you don't have an instructor explaining what each function means.   


During my interview, they were looking for experience and good stats (tickets, arrests).  They wanted people who were pro-active and made good "street decissions."  Past discipline was also looked at.  They took the top candidates out to training to observe what was needed to be a canine handler and they put us all in bite suits before a final decission was made.   


"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
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K9_4_life says ...



Check this out - (as all K9 officers should) -


www.swgdog.org


Cheers -



Thanks for the info...I will read through it this weekend...

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Pete is right on the money.  Housing of the dog. Commitment, K9 health care, stats, use/abuse of sick time, your honesty and trustworhyness, use of force concerns, physical capabilities, personality suited to handle high drive dogs etc etc etc  are all things they are going to be considered, or asked in the interview.


 As much as it pains me to say,  your likability within the department is often an underlying issue if there is more than one candidate for the position.  Sucks but its true.

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Pete is right on the money.  Housing of the dog. Commitment, K9 health care, stats, use/abuse of sick time, your honesty and trustworhyness, use of force concerns, physical capabilities, personality suited to handle high drive dogs etc etc etc  are all things they are going to be considered, or asked in the interview.


 As much as it pains me to say,  your likability within the department is often an underlying issue if there is more than one candidate for the position.  Sucks but its true.



Yeah there are 4 of us, one is a favorite... (they changed general order requirements for him) and the rest of us.   Two of us (myself and one other) has our own houses, the other two rent...(the golden boy actually stays with in-laws cuz he doesn't have his own house.


The other guy that owns a house should probably get it, because of two reasons.. he was a K9 handler a few years ago. and he is a PFC.


I will try my best because if nothing more I want them to remember me for the next position that opens.

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One last thought -


Once interviewed to be considered for K9 I was asked - "Why do you want to be a K9 handler"


My response was simply -  "I want to have a working relationship with a working dog".


Being in K9 is not get a free pet. 


Worked for me. Cheers -

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Kilo1 says ...



Pete is right on the money.  Housing of the dog. Commitment, K9 health care, stats, use/abuse of sick time, your honesty and trustworhyness, use of force concerns, physical capabilities, personality suited to handle high drive dogs etc etc etc  are all things they are going to be considered, or asked in the interview.


 As much as it pains me to say,  your likability within the department is often an underlying issue if there is more than one candidate for the position.  Sucks but its true.



Yeah there are 4 of us, one is a favorite... (they changed general order requirements for him) and the rest of us.   Two of us (myself and one other) has our own houses, the other two rent...(the golden boy actually stays with in-laws cuz he doesn't have his own house.


The other guy that owns a house should probably get it, because of two reasons.. he was a K9 handler a few years ago. and he is a PFC.


I will try my best because if nothing more I want them to remember me for the next position that opens.


 


 How scary is that?  You sure you don't work with me?  Identical scenario..different location. 


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Kilo1 says ...



davis1365 says ...



Kilo1 says ...



Pete is right on the money.  Housing of the dog. Commitment, K9 health care, stats, use/abuse of sick time, your honesty and trustworhyness, use of force concerns, physical capabilities, personality suited to handle high drive dogs etc etc etc  are all things they are going to be considered, or asked in the interview.


 As much as it pains me to say,  your likability within the department is often an underlying issue if there is more than one candidate for the position.  Sucks but its true.



Yeah there are 4 of us, one is a favorite... (they changed general order requirements for him) and the rest of us.   Two of us (myself and one other) has our own houses, the other two rent...(the golden boy actually stays with in-laws cuz he doesn't have his own house.


The other guy that owns a house should probably get it, because of two reasons.. he was a K9 handler a few years ago. and he is a PFC.


I will try my best because if nothing more I want them to remember me for the next position that opens.


 


 How scary is that?  You sure you don't work with me?  Identical scenario..different location. 




I think I can say that happens everywhere...doesn't matter about the job... LoL.. One of the guys competing with me got charged with a noise violation while still in the academy...I can't remember if he was actually arrested or if he was summoned...I just remember he had to go to court...but yet here he is...still a part of us...and a semi golden child... then we have the new guy who has only been around a little over a year...he is golden boy..although he hardly makes arrests...etc.. can someone say hmmmmm

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 Hey davis1365, did you get the k9 position?