Son joining Air Force - Wants to adopt GSD
Greetings! My son wants to follow his grandfather's footsteps and join the Air Force. He wants to become a member of the Security Force. He wants to adopt a GSD puppy before he signs up, and then bring the dog with him as a personal pet.
Since he wants to be in the Security Force (military police) he'd also like for his dog to be his K-9 companion.
So I guess I have 3 questions:
1. What are the rules and consideration of the Air Force military in allowing personal dogs. If allowed, will they consider using the dog as a Service Dog?
2. Should he adopt a male or female GSD, and does it matter?
3. The GSD that he adopts will be in my home till deployment and come home during leave. We own a Chihuahua and 5 cats. We had a GSD die from old age a few years ago, so they are used to big dogs. We want the puppy to grow up as part of the family. Since I'm on disability and can't afford a multi-thousand papered dog with work history....where can we find (if at all) a puppy for my son suitable for his purpose? We don't care about papers, but we want a purebred. We will be happy to pay a reasonable re-homing fee. Any help would be appreciated. My son graduates High School in June.
Peter M. White