When looking at how to train security dogs there a few things you should know. Here at Pride GB, we have put together this article to give you some inside information when it comes to training security dogs. When training, patrol dogs take part in obedience classes to ensure that they follow the general orders of their handler, such as sitting down, turning left or right, coming back when they are recalled and remaining still; ensuring that they are docile when on duty. They will also have to take agility classes to overcome obstacles such as walls when pursuing a criminal.
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Working With Security Dogs
On a theoretical level, the handler must demonstrate their knowledge about the law surrounding the use of security dogs and show that they know how to care for their dog. On completion of the course, a private patrol dog handler (in the UK) is awarded a Level 2 General Purpose Security certificate. Dogs are loyal companions who have been humans’ best friends for centuries. But above their companionship, they have unique abilities that are valued when assisting human beings in their work. Making them key assets in various professional security roles, from general security and guard dogs through to highly trained search or protection dogs.
Thus, contrary to human beings who perceive life predominantly through sight, dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their environment. Their smell is 40x greater than that of humans, smelling objects as far as 1000 meters away. Beyond their smell, they also have better hearing. These aptitudes prove to be particularly useful in security and defence.
There are many great stories about dogs at war, including the story of Stubby.
During World War One, Sergeant Stubby, a Boston Terrier served as part of the American Infantry and was acclaimed for saving the life of soldiers in the trenches, warning them against mustard gas attacks and catching a German enemy who was mapping the Allied Trenches, holding him captive until American soldiers found him. Stubby is a War hero who demonstrated that his canine counterparts are resourceful assets for defence.
Therefore, it is no surprise that both the Police and the Army call upon the use of our four-legged friends, often referred to as K9 dogs, for support. Alongside law enforcement, dogs are also employed by UK Customs Forces and the private security sector. A dog handler and a dog must work together as a team to prevent crimes, so a strong bond between the pair is vital for efficiency.
We will finish this blog with the wonderful poem used by the US Military when honouring Dogs lost in action:
Trust in me my friend for I am
your comrade. I will protect you
with my last breath When all
others have left you And the
loneliness of the night closes
in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all
obstacles, And search out
those who might wish harm to
others. All I ask of you is
compassion, The caring touch
of your hands. It is for you that I
will unselfishly give my life And
spend my nights unrested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing
of the seasons Know that each
day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by The
coming and going of your
footsteps. I anticipate them at
every opening of the door. You
are the voice of caring when I
am ill. The voice of authority
when I’ve done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly for
I am your right arm, The sword
at your side. I attempt to do
only what you bid of me. I seek
only to please you and remain
in your favor.
Together you and I shall
experience a bond only others
like us will understand When
outsiders see us together Their
envy will be measured by their
I will quietly listen to you and
pass no judgment, nor will your
spoken words be repeated I will
remain ever silent, Ever vigilant,
ever loyal. And when our time
together is done And you move
on in the world Remember me
with kind thoughts and tales,
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us
“Guardians of the Night” (author unknown)
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