Re: K9 cops, tracking question
I didn't see the program, so I didn't get to see the dog. Did the dog find the guy at the end of the track. If not, did they come to a logical conclusion at the end of the track (got in a car, went in a house/building etc.) It would depend on: if it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality. It is more than likely excitement. A police working dog thrives on action or the potential for action. Through routine, a dog recognizes those situations where he is going to get to do something. The decision on whether or not the dog should be "corrected" would depend on whether or not it affects the dog's ability to conduct the track. I would imagine the handler and dog have been on many tracks, both training and actual. The handler knows if the dog is proficient. Sometimes, getting the job done isn't always pretty. It doesn't look anything like what people may see when watching a sport dog track.