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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Police k9 socialization

Hey guys. I get my pup Monday and I was thinking about socialization, and I've always been fond of how police k9s aren't over aggressive and normally pay no mind to people or dogs when in public with their handlers. I was just curious to know if anybody knows how they socialize their dogs?
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You may find some ideas on this website Puppy Training Preschool | Georgia K9 NTC

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"they" don't , because as a rule they don't get puppies .

"they" get young green dogs ready for testing and ready to put into the training program. Generally the pups are a year , 18 months, usually no more than 2 years of age .

good clues are in this thread rethinking "popular" early socialization

quote "aren't over aggressive and normally pay no mind to people or dogs when in public with their handlers"

Genetics plays a large role in this .

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I agree with Carmspack. It is mostly a genetic issue. I don't have a police k9 but I do IPO / Schutzhund. Just getting out and doing stuff with your dog is socialization enough. I don't feel there is any really specific protocol. I would personally recommend attending some sort of dog sport club (agility, comp OB, schutzhund, dock diving, whatever...). It will expose your dog to many things and you can meet some cool people also.

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Take the dog everywhere you can. Youll get to meet people (not every experience is positive) but itll help you learn about your dog and other. I take mine to work with my buddy who has a bomb dog for the Federal Park Service and theyre great together so plenty of ploice K9s are very social friendly dogs, just that they have a certain skill set at work

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I did/do "Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" in this post here:
New Dog, Very Challenging

Basically you control your dogs interaction with people, you set the rules on meeting or not meeting folks. People aren't viewed as "treat machines."

People neutral unless told otherwise.

And apparently there are K9's out there aren't as "people neutral" as JQP tends to believe!

I stopped posting "I did not think that would happen???" In K9 bites JQP threads awhile ago myself!
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