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Bringing my new partner home

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I am up for the K9 position in my department (1 narc k-9 dept).  If and when I get the position I am assuming I will take him home with me like the last handler.  My question is this: I am currently a courtesy officer in an apartment. very large 2 bedroom 2 bath. I have two cats.  I am moving to a new house in about 4 months.  I plan on making the spare bedroom in the apartment my new partners room.  Will the cats cause a problem to the k-9 even if I kept them seperated?  Is the apartment going to be a problem for the k-9?  My partner on the street now used to be a k-9 handler for another agency and has offered his backyard at his house until mine is ready, thoughts?  I am hoping this is not a deal breaker for the board deciding who to choose, but if its not meant to be at this time I have faith in god that I will get the position when it is. Thanks -MH 

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Well a lot of departments will not let you be a handler if you dont have a yard or safe place for the dog.  I know my department you must live in a house with fence for protection of the dog.  My dog that I currently have came from a prior handler and he kept the dog in an apartment  treated him like a pet. When I got him,  I treated him like a working dog, as I was taught, he hates it that he lives outside and not pampered but he is a working dog.  Remember working dogs are that (working dogs)( not pets), I have seen many dogs in my years of being a dog handler ruined by handlers because they are made to believe that they are pets and not working dogs. So if you can get into your house sooner than later it would be better for you and your partner.  Now leaving him at your buddies house that dog is your responsiblity heaven for bid anything happen to him not on your watch.  Good luck brother with the new dog. 

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Thanks for the quick reply Roaddawg. I have been studying my ass off and understand the differences between a working dog and a pet.  I have been reading the leerburg/frawley/fleck web sites and books and duck hunt.  Its hard to rush into buying my first house (Im married lol).  Thanks again for the advice.

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I am not a canine handler but am hoping some of our K9 guys jump in on this discussion.


By the way, would your dog be a 'biter' dog, a 'narco' dog or crosstrained ? And what type of canine would he be?


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Lol I hear you, being married is hard in itself being in LE.  Well good luck with finding that perfect house for you and your family.  Good Luck with the new partner they are amazing animals and will suprise you on how smart, loving and devoted animals they are to you. 

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

I would encourage you to PM Dfrost. He is kind of our site expert regarding k-9's

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As long as you're moving to a house you should be okay department-wise. The issue with cats is dog specific. Some dogs don't care about cats, some will never like cats, and some dogs can learn to live with cats as pack members. Leerburg has a good article on introducing a new dog to the household and other animals within the home.


 I always kenneled my dogs outside for the first few months. Later they were slowly introduced into the house supervised because a lot of working dogs have bad manners and will cause damage or mark in the house. Leerburg can steer you in the right way regarding that as well. In the end, I've had two PSDs in the house at the same time with 2 other dogs and 3 cats with no problems whatsover. You, and your wife have a huge influence on how a working dog conducts himself in the home.  Bone up on pack structure and rank and you'll be fine.

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I just became a K9 officer.  I have a single purpose narcotics detection labrador retreiver.  I live in an apartment now, and I have had her here for only 2 weeks.  So far I haven't had any issues.  My neighbors loved the fact a police officer lives next to them, now they love it even more that I have a dog (I think they believe its a bite dog). Anyways,  Just as Roaddawg said,  they are working dogs, not pets.  As much as I want to take her out of the crate and let her sit up on the couch and watch football with me,  I can't.  This was a $7,000 investment by my agency and I will not be the guy who slaps my chief in the face by making my dog lazy and not producing results.  I have been informed by other K9 handlers and the trainers that as long as she stays in her crate, and only comes out to eat/bathroom, play with her for about 10 min or so then put her back in,  apartment living should be fine. When she comes out of her crate,  she goes right into high drive/work mode.  Thats where her mind needs to be everytime she comes out,  time to work!!  Good luck to you,  Hope you get the job,  So far I have no complaints,  best job in LE!!!!


 


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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

 kookusmc how is it going? Did you get the k9 postition?

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I just became a K9 officer.  I have a single purpose narcotics detection labrador retreiver.  I live in an apartment now, and I have had her here for only 2 weeks.  So far I haven't had any issues.  My neighbors loved the fact a police officer lives next to them, now they love it even more that I have a dog (I think they believe its a bite dog). Anyways,  Just as Roaddawg said,  they are working dogs, not pets.  As much as I want to take her out of the crate and let her sit up on the couch and watch football with me,  I can't.  This was a $7,000 investment by my agency and I will not be the guy who slaps my chief in the face by making my dog lazy and not producing results.  I have been informed by other K9 handlers and the trainers that as long as she stays in her crate, and only comes out to eat/bathroom, play with her for about 10 min or so then put her back in,  apartment living should be fine. When she comes out of her crate,  she goes right into high drive/work mode.  Thats where her mind needs to be everytime she comes out,  time to work!!  Good luck to you,  Hope you get the job,  So far I have no complaints,  best job in LE!!!!


 


-Derek


 


 


Thanks for shedding a little light on the daily life of a handler.  I had no idea that you had to treat them differently then a regular dog when they were off duty.  10 mins of play time is it?  Is there any way to strike a balance in this respect or is it an all or nothing sort of deal?