I am a police trainer and yes, we do use females and yes we do accept donations. Having said that there are a couple of things that should be stated.
1. Dogs are picked using a specific set of behavior criteria. A dog that possess those behaviors could well be picked for PSD duty regardless of gender.
2. It's rare that a GSD that has been a pet would have the particular behaviors we would be looking for. It's been my experience that perhaps 1 out of 50 dogs that people are willing to donate have what it takes.
I am just as suspect about buying dogs from vendors as I am accepting donations. Perhaps even more so when I am about to spend tax payer dollars. I treat all vendors like used car salesmen. It is even more rare to deal with breeders. they, more often than not have less of a clue than vendors, when it comes to the type of dog needed for PSD work. At least vendors generally know their their customer base. Breeders on the other hand have to sell what they have.
Any behavior that is reinforced is more likely to occur again.
Last edited by DFrost; 02-23-2012 at 03:56 PM.