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Posted about 1 year ago

 

 My granddaughter raises golden retreivers and has a german shepard she is going to breed.   She really enjoys working with them.    She was thinking about being a K9 officer.  I advised her how hard it will be for her to get in but said there are other jobs she could get working with the dogs without being a sworn officer.  She is 22,  graduated from a 2 year collage with a degree in general  studies with honors and a 3.95 GPA.   Any advice on which direction I can stear her would be greatly appreciated.  


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It sounds like you are against her becoming an officer, and K9 handler, in general. Why?


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 No I am not against her becoming an officer.  I just know how hard it will be for her to get in.  


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If LE is truly what she wants to do, then I'd say be supportive in her seeking that goal. Tough, absolutely. Anyone can succeed with the right drive and determination. I'd be cautious as far as "steering" her in one direction or another though...that can come with resentment or regret down the road. I started at 28 and still wish today that I had done it earlier. Good luck!


E.T.A.- has she done any rides with a K9 officer, or talked to them about the actual job?


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I, too, would advise her to go for the job as an officer. However, there are many groups that employ K9s for a variety of purposes. I know in my area there is a search and rescue group that goes into certain areas looking for lost hikers, children, etc. Private security companies also employ K9 handlers. And there are others. Any of these would also give her some valuable experience that will look good on a resume'.


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 She knows I support her in anything she wants to do.   But wanted to let her know it won't be easy to get in. 


 Thank you Nick. She never thought of ride alongs or the search & rescue. . 


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 Sorry Jkaz232  You suggested the ride along. Thank you.  She thought that was a good idea.  


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 She can checkout "police k-9 magazine"


might give her some idea of the various missions assigned to dog handlers, and I think they've profiled teams in past issues too

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LadyG says ...



 She knows I support her in anything she wants to do.   But wanted to let her know it won't be easy to get in. 


 Thank you Nick. She never thought of ride alongs or the search & rescue. . 



If she intends to be a K9 handler for a police department, she will first need to be a police officer, sheriff's deputy, etc.  Once she has proven herself in the department, she will be eligible to test for a K9 spot should one become available.  She sounds as though she will have as good of a chance as anyone else who might test for the position.  Certainly, getting hired by a police department is not easy given today's economic picture.  "SHE" has automatic bonus points because of her gender but then it is still not a given.  Should she get hired, she will have her work cut out for her to get the K9 spot as being selected for the position is extremely competetive.  You are correct that it won't be easy to get in, but should she get hired and should she eventually be selected, I will be willing to bet that she will tell you that the process to get there was ABSOLUTELY 100% WORTH EVERY BIT OF HER EFFORTS.

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LG. Some pretty good advice. Now get yourself a Butter Brickle sandwich. That is a slice of BB between two slices of BB. Enjoy.

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Hi Ginny.With a 3.9 5 G.P.A. she could probably write her own ticket.Sharp like her grandmother.En re to training dogs,however most law enforcement agancies have them trained for them by civilian handlers or that was the situation when I was on the job.I know she has your blessings.If anything you may wish to encourage her to continue on with her education to win her bachelors,while on the job.This is how I and many officers have done it.Furthermore the agency she works for will pay a good amount of said further education.If she doesn't care for butter brickle I eat it for her.

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 Thank you all. She has been reading this thread and is impressed with everyone's feedback.  She said not like some sites she was on.  I told her what a great group of people you were.  


Thank you MetroRW30 about the K9 magazine. 


Skool Cop I know if she makes it in she will do good.  


UncleD I think a Butter Brickle sandwich sounds great.  I am sure my granddaughter can make us a BB cake for dessert.


 


Thank you Dave for your kind  imput.    I think you will be out of luck as she likes Butter Brickle. But I am sure she will share. 


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