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Any bomb dog handlers out there?

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My department is considering getting an explosives detection canine. I'm considering applying for the handler position, but stats and information about being a handler are scarce. I was hoping someone out there is a handler and would tell me about their experiences and what I could expect from a bomb dog. For instance, can I take a bomb dog running with me on my days off? I understand this is a working dog, but can it live in my house or do I need to keep it in a heated kennel in my yard? Should it be safe to have around the kids I mentor?  Any and all input (even someone I can email with these questions) is appreciated!


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I am An EDD handler for USAF it has been the most rewarding expierence of my life. As far as taking your dog running absolutley just like any other dog it only depends on your unit or departments restrictions or regulations. As far as what to expect you have to realize a dog is a dog and they all have their own unique talents and issues you get out of it what you put into it. Also if it is a single purpose EDD dog it is very nice because you dont have to deal with the agression issues typically associated in early patrol training.

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" For instance, can I take a bomb dog running with me on my days off? I understand this is a working dog, but can it live in my house or do I need to keep it in a heated kennel in my yard? Should it be safe to have around the kids I mentor?  Any and all input (even someone I can email with these questions) is appreciated!"


 


Running with any dog is a good idea because it keeps them in shape. Look at your dog like a runner would train. If you train as a sprinter, you dog will do short problems well. If you train as a long distance runner, your dog will do long searches well. Running won't hurt the dog as long as he's given time to rest before working. Some dogs are able to live in a house, be part of the family and still be able to work. Some can't. It's entirely dependent on the dog you you. Only time will tell when you get the dog. Same with being safe around kids. Remember it is a working dog, meaning it was selected because it was a high drive animal. Some dogs have no problems with kids, other, depending on the size of the kid, play so hard they scare the kid, but don't understand. Some dogs, just don't like to be bothered. Again, it's going to depend solely on the individual dog you have. A good rule of thumb anyway is; don't let small children unsupervised around large dogs. Handling a bomb dog can be nothing more than routine, preventative sweeps for VIPS, large public gatherings etc. Often times they are just for show. However, they are always for real. A bomb threat can be very exciting. I've been on some where you couldn't drive a straight pin up your butt with a jackhammer. Ya just never know what you will get when you go on a search. Training, as you can imagine is the most important function. There should never be an attitude of "good enough". You always want to train as if your life, or the lives of those around you, could depend on you doing your job properly.


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You have a lot of legit questions and if your serious you really need to do some research on this. From the sounds of it you have no idea what handling a dog is all about wether its a bomb or dope dog. Any police k9 carries alot of responsibility at work or home. I would suggest you get in contact with a handler or training group that is nearby to you and start picking their brains about this. When you talk stats I'm not sure what your talking about. If you want information there are all kinds of books on training and  handling. Get a Ray Allen equipment catalog and check some of the books available from there. There are also Police k9 magazines available such as K-9 Cop and Police K-9 magazine with tons of helpful info in them. Most articles are written by working handlers and trainers. Hope this helps.

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Bump DFrost, K9_91, MWDMoore


 


All great infomation to have going into a handler position. My only two cents would be to definetely get with your surrounding counties or jurisdictions that have K9 units and get direct feedback about the on/off duty lifestyle of a K9 officer. I can honestly say it requires alot of time and dedication to acquire a solid rapport with your dog. Good effective training is the key to a great partner in the K9 world. Good luck to you


 


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