Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dogged Persistence

I used to train dogs, not for police work, but for family life and one for obedience competition. My beloved dog Rosie showed me that we teach them, but they teach us in return--only better. In Rosie's case, that included the cat, too. BoyCat and GirlCat would be the better for a little Rosie time, for sure.

Perhaps the most intense dog training is in police work, or its military equivalent. These dogs have discipline and courage, focus and drive. They coordinate with their partners, obey a higher order. Here is a demonstration of their effectiveness:

For those who want to read about a great police dog/handler team, go to Constable Glendinning's blog for the Vancouver Police Department.  Under the tag cloud, hit 'Dog Squad' for a number of adventures.  The Constable writes so well about both the amusing and the terrible on Vancouver streets. 

Here are two adventures:
Stopping a car thief--PS Hondo gets the last word.
Saving the bacon--Everybody needs somebody, sometime . . .

Right now, PS Hondo is under the weather.  Get well soon, lovey!  Ah, sir, I mean . . . 


Capt. Schmoe said...

One night, I was flying in a police helicopter with a buddy of mine. We get a call for a boyfriend sitting in his car, which was parked in front his girlfriends house. The boyfriend was threatening to kill himself or something.

The officers decided to send a K-9 over to the car.

Watching that dog pull that knuckle-head out of the car through the open window while we were orbiting at 500 ft AGL was amazing.

Almost as amazing as this video. Thanks for the post.

Slamdunk said...

It certainly will make law-breakers want to drive with their windows up.

Good stuff--Cst. Glendinning's blog is always entertaining.

Bob G. said...

Not only are the police dogs (or as I prefer to call 'em...the FOUR-footed officers) heroes, but our MILITARY dogs are also saving many lives overseas...and have done so since WW2.
Some very touching stories and memories with their handlers.
I did a post a while back about a dog (found in Iraq) nick-named NUBS and how one soldier managed to bring him stateside.
(no easy feat)
It was a really good show on History channel!

Unconditional love, devotion and can you beat that, hmm?
(you can't)

Excellent post.

Ann T. said...

Dear Captain,
I am filled with envy at your friends and your over-the-roof perspective. However, you earned it, and I'm glad to get your eyewit accounts!

Dear Slamdunk,
i had no idea they could be this aggrssive, of course, what a dummy that makes me. You're right about the Cst. G's blog. It's a winner.

Dear Bob G.,
I am always interested in great dogs, and now plan to research a little on military dogs.

I love a dog, a good dog . . .

Thanks you guys for writing in!
Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T

Your entry reminded me of two news items regarding police dogs in Kansas City (of which there are too few, BTW). One was the funny story of the crook who tried to run, who was first felled by his pants, then by the dog. One was the sad story of the dog who fell off the roof of a building and died. Dio, a Belgian Malinois, has a memorial page on Officer Down.

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
Thanks for the link! And you know, i never see K=9 teams around here, either. Of course this neighborhood is full of the upscale, and mostly we get snatch n runs for crime (knock on wood). Perhaps in some of our grittier precincts there are more . ..

I'm loving the Wayside Waif dog shelter redo you featured, BTW,
Ann T.