How unfortunate that you are apparently unaware of non-coercive methods of dog training. As for sheep herding, this is instinctive behavior that dogs with the genetics for it do joyfully and willingly. We shape that behavior through training but we don't force the dog to herd, as anyone who has trained sheep herding dogs knows.Herding sheep, picking something up off the floor, going outside to defecate, not barking at things we deem inappropriate, walking politely on a leash; these are all behaviors that are shaped against a dog's will through coercion.
Comparing what war dogs risk and what many suffer to the risk of crossing the street is obscene. No further comment is needed.Yes, being a military or LE dog does carry some inherent risk. So does riding in the car, crossing the street, going hiking, dock diving, doing agility, hunting, retrieving, playing 2 ball, going into the back yard where the pond is located. All these activities include risk.
Sorry, David, wrong country. This is America, where we have not only the freedom but the obligation to question those in authority, including K9 handlers, when things don't seem right. Today is an especially good day to think about how important our freedoms and obligations are.I would like to discourage people from armchair handling a K9. Unless you have been there and done that, and you have all the information at hand that the handler used to make the decision to use or not use their K9 in some capacity, you really have no business throwing stones. Nor do you have a frame of reference for reasonable behavior on the part of a K9 handler.
BTW David, why in earth did you agree to be a moderator when this means you have to be exposed to viewpoints you disagree with, which is something you seem to be unable to tolerate? This is not the first time you've told people not to say things you disagree with. The whole point of a forum is to present information and different viewpoints,
Your post has been helpful in one respect though. It's helped me understand something. The casual attitudes that, heck, we force dogs to do everything so it's no big deal to force them to be war dogs, and besides, what's the difference between crossing the street and living in a war zone, it's all risky--these attitudes make it totally clear why so many of these dogs are treated so badly.
Even if we support the use of war dogs in some circumstances, we should never be comfortable with it.