It’s interesting you note relatively “weak” obedience. No criticism however. We have an explosives dog in our apt. He is a Mal. Nice looking dog, pretty low key for a Mal. I’ve noticed very lax obedience from the owner/ handler. Almost like he is a rank beginner to dogs. The detection dogs I’ve worked with in the past were multi cross trained. Generally the “bomb” dogs were low key almost to the point of lazy. Very good area search and detection work however. Mostly a step or two above all others.
All other LE dogs were very “tough” dogs. Essentially when the dog came out of the car, all negotiations were over. The dog meant business as in “let’s play ball, you’ve got it I’m going to take it away along with part of you” . All had pretty good basic obedience with required additional actions.
I was visiting the local LE training and I was surprised at the lack of real powerfull dogs. The Mals were pretty fast but not the “line backer” crushers I’m used to. The GSD. Were a bit heavier at around 80 pounds but not real power house dogs of the past.
My own SCH dog was 95-96 pounds no fat and almost 2” over the standard size. A big ex USMC. Turned LE challenged us as being only a sport dog even though my dog had passed all the certifications except area search. After he got back from the ER He gave us the supreme compliment saying that my dog could ride patrol any day with him.
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