An average of 1 out of every 700 canines seeking a career with the men and women in blue make the cut.
The working life of a police dog is approximately 6 to 8 years. Once they retire, many get to live out their lives with their human partners.
3 minutes: The time it takes for a police dog to search a car.
K-9 police dogs must attend 12 weeks of basic training, with a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
Service animals are adorable … but remember they are working!
Here are some guidelines to follow before approaching a human/dog team:
1. Speak to the person first. Do not address the dog directly.
2. Never touch the dog without asking for, and receiving, permission.
3. Do not offer any food or treats.
4. Unless the handler offers personal info, avoid questions about her disability. Respect her privacy.
5. Don’t be offended if the handler does not wish to chat about the service dog. It may be interesting to you, but the handler may just be trying to get through her daily routine.