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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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What certifications are needed?

I'm sure they are all different, but what certifications does your PD require for their training decoy's? Recently, I was unofficialy offered a job as a training decoy for my local PD. I'm now going through the official channels to make it happen then thought... I don't have any certs that they might require. I'm a training decoy/helper for schH and SDA but I'm sure that doesn't mean much to them. I love the work and have decided to pursue it any way but now would like to know what I can do to better my chances. So any thoughts or suggestions would be very appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 11:33 AM
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Decoys are a funny thing. A good decoy, during the intial and subsequent training of a dog if invaluable. A good decoy "reads" what the dog needs and brings out the best in the dog. That's training. As for testing streetworthy dogs; bad guys don't go through a school to learn how to properly decoy. It's time to test the dogs by replicating, as close as possible, to real world deployments. It's a skill. Certification means nothing, it's the way they perform that means it all.

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