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post #1 of 110 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Police Officer Accused of K9 Abuse

Hammond, Indiana police officer placed on administrative leave after viral video surfaces.




Mayor McDermott Takes Immediate Action After Viral Video Surfaces | The Northwest Indiana Gazette

Thoughts & opinions? I found this on a reddit thread where a user says this is a common practice of "choking a dog off a ball" to help build drive. 2nd thread Can somebody elaborate/educate on this?
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I agree. More context needed. From the bit I could see, the officer did not appear to be angry or out of control. The dog seemed to be happy in the end.

Not that I liked seeing that, but I do know some dogs that refuse to out a ball, and I personally have lifted my dog off their front feet to get them to out.

As for the leash hit, when I am tugging I use my legs and feet to push my dog around, could look like a kick to someone. It's not. But from a distance....

So I would need to understand the context before passing judgement.


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the dog is sitting still, the guy chokes it because it isnt doing platz or something. The guy recording video says the dog was pooping. Then he hits it lightly with his sap, then he continues choking it. Context??? How about he gets charged criminally, hows that for context.
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Dogs are often lifted or choked off a ball in training before they know the out.

This is an example of doing it all wrong.

The dog doesn't even need to have its legs lifted off the ground. The leash isn't used on a choker. You lift the dog once to take the air away and calmly hold it there until it releases the ball. You don't choke the dog for a bit, let it down, choke it again, let it down... that's horrible.

The flanking of the dog in and of itself is abuse. I would take his dog away and he would never work another dog a day in his life. I wonder where he learned this

I hope they burn this guy bad. IMO, this is definitely abuse.

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Was there a ball, and were they training? Police have to follow the same rules. If I went in front of the police station and hung my dog by its neck id be arrested. Im going to Hammond tomorrow, I hope I dont get pulled over by that "team"

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I'm all about seeing everything before passing judgement, but this is against the law. Any military handler found doing this without provocation, meaning the dog attacking them, would be court martialed.

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Really sad" makes me wonder who trained the cop! If he got the ball how would he get it back if he threw it? Do the same thing! Bad foundation on dog ! Cop should be fired! Bill

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I couldn't see anything clearly enough to tell if there was a ball or not. If that was all over a ball he's at worst abusive and at best an idiot.
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