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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-17-2018, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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I get a lot of flack when I talk to people about security dogs. Why? Because there are so many bad ones and as with everything they are the ones people see. So I thought I would give some insight into a day in the life, and some of the training that went on.
My boss was a visionary. He was former RCMP and he lived and breathed dogs, German Shepherds specifically. He is in part responsible for the training and overhaul of our private security system here. He literally wrote the book.
Years before it was mandated we had to go through training just to be guards. To be K9, we had to fight. Our dogs were trained and certified in protection. That was their primary function, to defend us and get us home every day. In the course of doing their jobs they learned to be patrol dogs. Understand that these dogs were in and out of buildings, parkades, schools and malls continuously. They had to deal with cleaning staff, people working late and movers on a daily basis. They had to be flawless in discerning threats and absolutely in control at all times. In addition some were trained to swing to crowd control, detection or tracking dependant on the dog and it's talents.
This city was particularly rough and K9 teams were sent to places where guards had been attacked or had issues with control. We generally worked as mobile units and our nights were at least 12 hours. We also provided back up for static guards.
In Canada guards are not armed, and when I first started we had no phones and no radios. My first patrol I was handed a pager and a roll of quarters for payphones. Our dogs were all we had, they had to be good at their jobs.
On any given day, at best, they helped oust homeless people and addicts, deterred thieves and dealt with JQP wanting to pet the puppy. That was a good day. We could be left outside in horrible weather to walk housing developments, we could be stationed at a gate, we could be walking abandoned construction sites. The dogs sometimes spent hours in the truck.
And we needed to retest on a monthly basis for both fitness and obedience to keep our spots. We often worked hand in hand with the city police. Although the goal was that dogs were assigned a handler, the nature of the business meant that they were often reassigned. In addition we needed spare dogs to cover illness, injury and emergency coverage. These dogs may work with a different handler every day, so they needed to be stable and a bit forgiving.
From 1991 to 2005, when I left his employ to work elsewhere, Sabi was the only dog not bred or owned by him to ever make the team. And she was the only dog to be trained for all disciplines.
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That says a lot about both you and about Sabi. The dogs you are describing sound great and perhaps harder to find today. I wasn't aware that you and Sabi were law enforcement let alone the RCMP. That is outstanding. Bet you have some interesting stories. Thinking about dogs working with different partners that would take dogs with incredible stability and temperament .
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Daisy, Sabi's BOSS was former RCMP. Sabi worked as a K9 security guard, not an RCMP officer. The tip-off comes when he says they often worked hand-in-hand with the police. That means they WERE NOT police officers - RCMP stands for Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also says his boss: "is in part responsible for the training and overhaul of our private security system here."

I never knew that about you, Sabi! That give me great respect for you and your dog!
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Daisy, Sabi's BOSS was former RCMP. Sabi worked as a K9 security guard, not an RCMP officer. The tip-off comes when he says they often worked hand-in-hand with the police. That means they WERE NOT police officers - RCMP stands for Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also says his boss: "is in part responsible for the training and overhaul of our private security system here."

I never knew that about you, Sabi! That give me great respect for you and your dog!
This is correct. I was logging in to correct Daisy, as my phone isn't great. Thank you for catching it. But I did pass the RCMP PARE at the age of 40! Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation. Changed my mind, private pays better and no one should give me a gun. Lol.

And I am a she.
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Sorry for making a wrong assumption about your sex!
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This is correct. I was logging in to correct Daisy, as my phone isn't great. Thank you for catching it. But I did pass the RCMP PARE at the age of 40! Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation. Changed my mind, private pays better and no one should give me a gun. Lol.

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Sorry for making a wrong assumption about your sex!

sorry, lol, I am laughing so hard, but I trust you have a good sense of humour...
Sabis "mom" may have been a clue...

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Our dogs were trained to ride in or on anything which is why I had pics of Sabi on snowmobiles, quads, golf carts, helicopters and boats. They needed to be comfortable on catwalks and suspended platforms. They were routinely in and out of railcars and trailers. On one site we needed to cross a 2x6 board over a 4 foot wide run off that dropped about 40 feet. We routinely had to lift them in and out of things. We worked them on fire sites, in production plants, at concerts. I had one contract to escort players from the casino to their vehicles at night. Since I also did protection work, my dogs often had to that as well. So when people say security dogs are no good or poorly trained it bothers me. I cannot count the number of times my dogs saved my behind. They pulled long hours in all weather, they needed to be steady and focused start to finish.

Sabi was called on to track a suicide risk by the RCMP in a small town I lived in when their only dog was 3 hours away. She also tracked a sexual assault suspect, lost him but found and detained him later. She served as crowd control at the Calgary Stampede and on our Red Mile when the Flames made the play offs. She received letters of praise and thanks from community associations, companies and individuals as well as the police department. All while being a pet, neighborhood queen, nanny to various foster animals and my rock. She was my 4th and final partner, I stopped doing K9 when she retired and left security completely soon after.

My boss kept a photo of her in his office and swore the only thing wrong with her was that she wasn't his.
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Sorry for making a wrong assumption about your sex!
No apology necessary! I thought it was funny. Most people call me Lee which leads to the assumption I am male given the jobs I do.
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Sorry Sabi I misunderstood.
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