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What Police Patrol Dogs in Texas are Trained To Do

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
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A civil lawsuit is currently underway in Louisiana in which a man was seriously injured by a police dog during the course of his arrest.  It’s possible to get tangled up with a police dog in Texas, as well.  Police dogs in Dallas and other cities in Texas are trained for narcotics, bomb-sniffing, and patrolling purposes.

Dogs can be extremely helpful in enforcing the law.  Their sense of smell is practically 50 times more sensitive than a human’s.  A police dog can help to sniff out the location of weapons, drugs, explosives, and criminals.

Police dogs don’t always act on the end of a leash.  They are capable of locating, pursuing, apprehending, and detaining a criminal until police officers arrive.

Police dogs go through on-leash and off-leash obedience training in which they sit, stay, heel, recall, and lie down on command.

In obstacle course training, real life emergency situations are simulated which prepare the dogs for physical and mental challenges.

One of the most important aspects of police training is establishing that the police handler is the one in control.  During training, a false run is typically utilized in which dogs are exposed to threatening movements by an agitator; and the dog is trained not to react unless commanded to do so.

Police dogs are also trained to attack on command and without hesitation.  In some unfavorable situations, such as when an officer is disabled, the police dogs are trained to react without command.

If a police dog is in the process of attacking, they are trained to also terminate aggression on command.

–Guest Contributor


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