Do police dogs go home with their officers when off duty? If so, how do they live? Do they live in a kennel most of the time? Do they live with the family in the house? Do they lie on the couch? (probably not)
Not necessarily. Boru is a very strong, fast, reactive and serious dog. He not only has to trust his handler, it is imperative that he also respects his handler. Not the dog that you allow to be loose with others, except when working. Boru will bite with little provocation, and if you get nervous or excited things can escalate very quickly. He and I get along very well, he trusts and respects me, but I handle him very carefully. My other sport and working dogs all were fine around my wife, living in the house never effected their drive or working ability. My sport or working commands are in German or Dutch, only I use those commands. My wife can give the dogs commands in English only. She will not reinforce the commands like I do The dogs may be slow to respond to her English commands but are always very responsive to my German or Dutch commands.Slamdunk, you mentioned Boru has no interaction with your wife. Why is this? Is it because a working dog should have only one trainer?
Our local SO kept the single K9 in a department kennel. They regularly switched policy between "take the dog home" "leave the dog here when off-duty" They no longer have a k9 officer.
Thanks, Jim! I have repeatedly heard folks in other areas of the breed promote the false narrative that LE k9s cannot live at home with the insinuation that they are too dangerous or active for home life. And while in my experiences there are SOME K9s that would not do well in home environment, I have found the majority are able to make the transition quite well. Most LE k9s are not crazed biting machines, or never settle down dogs that can’t live reliably in house with handler. ....but many believe this.?
That is a shame that they no longer have a K-9 program. We have a policy in place for the housing and kenneling of our K-9's as well. The dogs are taken home each day. Every handler has a covered Kennel and concrete pad built for his dog. In addition the handler must have a secured fenced yard. The handler can have the dog in his / her home and the dog can sleep indoors or in the kennel. Most of the dogs in our unit live with the family and are social dogs, especially with family members.Our local SO kept the single K9 in a department kennel. They regularly switched policy between "take the dog home" "leave the dog here when off-duty" They no longer have a k9 officer.
Our city recently built a new animal Control facility, they spent about $8 million on this facility. It is a very nice building. There is a separate room in the facility that has kennels reserved for our K-9's. Honestly, none of our handlers like kenneling their dogs there when they go on vacation for the reasons you mentioned. The room for our dogs only houses them and dogs seized for court cases. Yet, there is still a loud cacophony of dogs barking, and occasionally some chickens or a goat. That is why Boru travels with me, he has been to Florida at least a dozen times, Ga, NJ, etc. in the past two years. He travels well and is an easy dog to be around on trips.I went on a tour of our city's Animal Control Facility about 15 years ago now - and they showed us the kennels in the back-right next to the quarantine kennels, where the police K9s "relax and chill". At the time I was thinking, what a horrible place to put working dogs- in a place full of stressed out dogs, barking, and metal pens!
They have changed their policy since, but that bothered me.
I cannot say for certain, but to the best of my knowledge the dogs here in Calgary are kept at the K-9 facility. It does not seem ideal but the facility is beautiful and the dogs I have had contact with are well cared for and happy.