Two English practical examples:
- A practical example that shows why we teach tracking and bite work, double dogs.
I was working with one of my German Shepherds, Hobbes. At 04:00 hours in a city centre, a scene where two persons had ran off from the police following a burglary.
Hobbes tracks and finds one person hiding under some bags of rubbish. The person is subsequently arrested. Hobbes searches for objects, and a loaded pistol is found.
My German Shepherd searches for the second male who is found hiding in a garden. The second person tries to fight the dog as he tries to escape. The dog wins the fight convincingly!!
This is a good example of how nose and teeth work together, tracking and biting.
Dog 2 – bad guys 0! May be even ‘Dog 3,’ because the dog also found the pistol. Success for nose and teeth!
- To end this interview, I ask another practical example. The K9-Unit Manager talks about a report in a shop, which took place over the Christmas holidays when he was a dog handler, years ago. The alarm was sounded and the burglar could still be present in the building. The key holder let him and his dog inside. Convinced that the burglar would still be there, he gave the command to find the thief. His dog did his best but found nothing.
After the dog was sent off for the second time, he came back looking quite pleased with himself. In his mouth he had a mannequin. It turned out to be a false alarm. There was no burglar, but the dog had done his very best.
Gepubliceerd: KNPV, De Politiehond, 2017 – 1