You might want to ask your local law enforcement agency if they allow ride alongs with their K9 unit (I assume this is your goal). Once you ride with a K9 officer, ask him/her for advice on how to fast-track the procedure.
I was with my department for almost 20 years before I got my first working dog. In my opinion, it's the best gig in the department. Be prepared to spend hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours helping the K9 unit before you get your first dog.
Our volunteers come out to our K9 training days where they; put on the bite suit, a bite sleeve, hide in buildings, cars, containers and hide training scents. They also have to document where all scents were hidden as well as what scents were used so each handler can do their record keeping.
It seems like an awful lot, but it is fun & rewarding. The end result is what makes it all worth while.
"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like, has never washed a dog."
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