Dogs Pets

Adopt a police dog

“Police dogs help save lives, arrest criminals, detect drugs at airports or locate explosives, among numerous functions. These dogs work in the canine units of the National Police Corps, the Civil Guard, Civil Protection and Local Police.

There are also different firefighting teams that have the skills of these trained dogs to help them in their work missions.

On many occasions they are dogs trained to rescue people in extreme situations, such as finding people alive in the rubble after a catastrophe, sometimes several meters deep.

Retirement (and adoption) time for a police dog

The extraordinary physical qualities that the police dog needs to do his job do not last forever. Age erodes some of your valuable skills for delicate police work. The extraordinary sense of smell that canine agents use to identify suspects or rescue a living body after an accident is just one of the working dog’s faculties that deteriorate over the years.

The unusual hearing capacity of the canine agent, capable of perceiving sounds of up to 60,000 hertz (compared to just 20,000 hertz that differentiates the human ear) also atrophies with age. This explains that when the working dog turns eight, it is often time to start thinking about retirement and enjoying a less busy life.

The retirement of a police dog, however, does not always come as a consequence of the animal’s advanced age. Suffering from a disability, a serious accident or some type of allergy incompatible with your demanding work in the canine units of the security forces may be reason enough to find a home for these loyal animals.

Are you ready to welcome a working dog?

Taking in a dog (also a police or rescue dog) is not a whim: it is a responsibility. The new friend may be with her owner for more than ten years, so it seems sensible to make the decision to pick up a working dog with serenity.

Before adopting, you should ask yourself some questions: why do you want a police dog? Do you have money to support your new friend? Do you have enough time and space to share with the dog? These are some of the things to think about before bringing an animal home.

Frankly evaluating your lifestyle is another task that should not be overlooked before deciding to adopt a police dog. Some of these dogs (not all) have been used as defense animals. It is not surprising that a dog used to this task has developed some aggressive behaviors or a certain predisposition to attack on certain occasions.

This explains why, before taking in a police dog, it is advisable to obtain adequate information about the character of the animal, as well as the tasks it has carried out.

Having the advice of a dog trainer is a good idea when in doubt about possible negative reactions from the animal.

Caution when there are children or other animals at home

When there are small children at home, it is even more relevant to have all the detailed information about the character of the animal and about the tasks performed by the dog during its life in the service of the State security forces. This avoids unpleasant and unnecessary surprises.

The presence of other dogs at home, cats or other companion animals may be a reason to rethink the possibility of adopting certain canine agents, if it is not known with certainty what their work has been. In any case, the veterinarian or a canine psychologist can help make the best decision in each case.”

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