This was my first intro to working dogs. Dogs were trained in PP and varied from sharp to solid. Different dogs were sent to different sites..eg sharper dogs were sent to more isolated areas and the more solid dogs were sent to high traffic areas like apartment buildings.
(I still remember the shift change with one sharp dog named Gator, he would bark and growl at the incoming guard every time. The out going guard would have to hold his collar and pass the leash to the incoming guard. Then they let him go and he would rush up the new guard and sniff him. Did that ever get your adrenaline pumping. Lol for some reason if you were in possession of the leash you were rated as a friendly. Everyone else was on his watch list..lol)
Guards were also rated on their handling ability, dogs requiring a higher level of handler ability only went to handlers that were able to work them effectively.
Dogs were trained to bite and offer aggression towards a target on command. Some dogs were also detection trained though I never had a chance to get involved in that aspect of the business. Dogs were never allowed off leash and basically were trained to heel, sit, down and come. Training also involved having the dog bite a decoy and out on command.
Dogs were only for protection of the Guards person not to be used offensively.
Dogs were Dobes, Shepherds, Beucerons and mixes of the three.
Dogs were kept in a central kennel and were driven out to guards on sites every day and picked up at the end of shifts. Dogs were handled by multiple handlers throughout the week.
Starting a security company in Ontario is not close to being worth it. The big box comapanies like G4S are driving the prices down as they go for quantitiy over quality, you have a heart beat and a clean record your hired. In addition most clients are not interested paying enough extra for a k9 to justify the expense of purchase, board and the training of a patrol dog. Forget the fact that insurance for a company using k9s is not insignificant.
As far as I know the dogs do not need to pass any govt mandated test. Guards require a Provincial License and are covered under the criminal code as such. Dogs are classified as weapons/tools and as such, are treated and judged the same way a Baton or handcuffs are.
Most people in working dogs seem to be big into termite and bed bug detection these days, at least in Ontario. Perhaps this will change in time, but from what i can see there are only one or two companies in Ontario that still use dogs. Most of the others shut their k9 programs down due to cost and slim to no profit for the effort.
Last edited by Blitzkrieg1; 02-22-2013 at 06:34 PM.