The bond between members of a working team
The human-animal bond is reciprocal and dynamic and thus has advantages for the relationship between humans and dogs, which is influenced by behaviors that are essential for the health and well-being of both. Emotional, psychological, and physical interactions with other dogs and the environment are part of this.
Modern man-dog teams require the expertise of many special-ists who work together to create and maintain excellence, health, and prosperity for each team member.
For a dog to be a productive team member, the animal must really enjoy the work and camaraderie of its human partner. This requires that a dog be well tuned to the work and the per-son.
K9 dogs have become more and more specialized in the last decades. On the one hand, this may be due to the greatly im-proved training and knowledge of dog handlers worldwide, on the other hand research has served as a yardstick for the selec-tion and breeding of utility dogs.
Ultimately, every department needs a healthy and controllable K9 dog with its special abilities as a protective dog or a sniffer dog.
The technology that has strongly developed in the last decades in terms of body cams, monitoring systems, and body suits for dogs have made K9 dogs more and more specialized. They are equipped with camera systems, directional microphones, re-mote-controlled beeps, and steering systems to steer them into dangerous situations, and they risk their lives every day for the dog handler and the institution they work for. New tech-nology makes it more and more necessary for dogs to be steered purposefully, even almost remotely, into dangerous areas for reconnaissance. So, they crawl into dangerous areas at the sound signals of their dog handlers, while their handlers can view and evaluate the situation via the mounted cameras.
They can transport certain aids unnoticed into these areas, without a person having to put themselves in this danger.
As they often have the first contact with violent offenders when they are attacked and are therefore at risk they are equipped with bulletproof vests. Also, ever-increasing specialization, for example as a money sniffer dog or as a mo-bile phone sniffer dog, allows ever-wider areas of application for our loyal comrades.
Mantrailing, which has become very fashionable in recent years, is also an extended area in the search for missing per-sons and corpses.
For all these fields of work, the dog is required to provide com-prehensive services that can only be successful if it is trained in a targeted and professional manner.
The best possible development of young dogs in the protection Service for the working K9 area.
A new dog comes into the house. His professional future is pre-determined. He is to be used as a working k9 dog, as a perman-ent partner at your side. He is young and immature. But time is pressing. When a dog is planned to be used in the Service of an authority or a company, there is usually no time for delays in the training of the dog. Very few bosses have the under-standing that the training needs time and must take the devel-opment of the dog into account.
So, this time pressure, which at the same time always has to do with a financially secured professional future, creates a little bit of sloppiness in dog training. One is dependent and does not see various problems in the progress of the dog – or one does not want to see them at all. One may not see them, be-cause it must work now absolutely and immediately, so that the job or the order is secured.
The next step is to find a suitable “decoy”, or at least a partner with whom you can train your dog in the protection Service. The lucky ones among us have such a talented decoy in their private environment. Others must rely on the nearest dog club nearby. This is the topic in our K9 world.
The opinions about the right dog and decoy work for a prospec-tive working k9 dog – no matter whether it is used by authori-ties or for private purposes – are very different. Clubs pursue other goals and the work to the protection dog on duty is an-other one.
In the world of sport, training is geared towards prey motiva-tion, as the respective associations and the German Animal Protection Act also want it. An official training of the dog is al-ways oriented towards a civilian work on the decoy, because in an emergency the offender, troublemaker or fugitive does not wear a bite arm. Therefore, special characteristics are ex-pected from a future working k9 dog. So, the following ques-tion arises: Which approach and training methods are im-portant for the development of a young dog?
The K9 dog forms a close team with its handler. Both spend a lot of time together, both on duty and in private leisure time. Therefore, it is necessary to find a suitable team composition. Details of how a team is put together and what must be con-sidered are explained in a later chapter. At this point, I want to deal with the principle of team composition and the reaction it can create on both sides.
@tactical_k9_family Michael Rogosin
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