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Old 07-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend and neighbor, who has 2 Huskies, a puppy and adult, lives in the same condo unit with a police officer who is training his 6-7 month old GSD to be a police dog. The city he works for is supporting him. The dog may specialize in explosives detection.

The Husky owner is a very friendly, fun outgoing person and has asked the officer if he wanted to take all three dogs to a private, nearby beach. He declined and in general does not seem interested in his dog getting to know his neighbors, the huskies. We seldom see him either. My friend is wondering if this is a standard part of training a dog to be a police dog, minimal socialization, or maybe the officer is just not interested in this particular neighbor?
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have a dear friend with FEMA SAR Task Force One. He does not allow his dog to "play" with dogs outside of his home, same with a military k9 handler we know with Ranger Batt.
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We have a dear friend with FEMA SAR Task Force One. He does not allow his dog to "play" with dogs outside of his home, same with a military k9 handler we know with Ranger Batt.
Thanks for responding. I'll tell my friend her neighbor's behavior is normal for what his dog will be doing.
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I'm sure those here with service dogs can give you more feedback
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In general no, they are not. They are raised to ignore other dogs, and to always turn to their handler for play, reward and interaction.
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In general no, they are not. They are raised to ignore other dogs, and to always turn to their handler for play, reward and interaction.
That makes sense. It's hard to resist a GSD though! If I see him around, I'll leave them alone.
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i used to believe all that stuff too. "If you let a dog play with another dog, they'll be more fun than you, and your dog won't listen."

"You have to train your dog to only focus on you, letting them play with other dogs is dangerous".

"what happens if you're out working and your dog sees another dog?" "it will want to run off and play and get distracted and not work"

I have since come to a totally different conclusion. I think it's something that people might believe, but isn't actually real. one of my dogs loves, and I do mean loves to play with other dogs, all dogs, big and small anytime any place. that said, a dog could be humping her, and has tried when we were doing work and she didn't even blink at the other dog.

I think any dog worth a darn can easily focus on the task at hand regardless if it plays with dogs or not.
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The pups/young dogs going into work around here are not allowed to "play" with other dogs, but we do socialize with them. We usually have our dogs out off leash each with their handler and a toy and just interact with our dogs.

I follow the same with my youngest, not really by choice now but she would much rather play with me than other dogs.

Just two days ago we were at my breeders home with about 11 young dogs all off leash in her pond on her property and Zefra was just running around off lead kinda looking like, "where's the ball? what's the fuss about?"
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It may have nothing to do with the dog being trained as a K9 and everything to do with not wanting to have a play date with just some dogs he doesn't know. I certainly wouldn't let my dogs go play with the neighbors dogs because I don't trust the neighbors or the dogs. This is in the same category as someone running up to you on the street yelling "want to play? my dog is friendly." No way.
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It may have nothing to do with the dog being trained as a K9 and everything to do with not wanting to have a play date with just some dogs he doesn't know. I certainly wouldn't let my dogs go play with the neighbors dogs because I don't trust the neighbors or the dogs. This is in the same category as someone running up to you on the street yelling "want to play? my dog is friendly." No way.
That's what I was thinking. I'm not an LEO and don't train K9s but I'm selective about what dogs my dogs interact with. As they get older I become less selective. If a dog is good with other dogs, then they are good with other dogs. I don't believe that changes. Pan wasn't really allowed to meet any other dogs until he was over a year old and now he has many dog friends of all sizes and breeds. It's really more me than my dogs. I'm just not much of a dog person and don't care to socialize with other breeds of dogs or their owners just because.
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