UK Cops – From Small Acorns Do Great Oaks Grow

Posted by my Brother in Blue from across the Pond – Nathan Constable   It’s not like me to struggle for words when it comes to writing a blog but on this occasion I really am. This blog is primarily meant to be about UK COPS, the superb work it does and the phenomenal strength shown by the survivors. And yet – there is a theme around this that I am finding hard to verbalise. A theme I am almost uncomfortable in []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #5

RHETT MATHEWS: Being a current handler myself, I always get the question, “Why do the dogs come from Europe? And are they already trained?”   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Breeding regulations are a lot stricter in Europe.  Some of these dogs have prior training, but may not be the training you’re looking for, so be very careful.  Some of the dogs come in with outstanding training and some with issues you may never resolve.  There are very dependable breeders and trainers in the []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #4

CAROLINE CASH: How long do most dogs serve as a K9?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Most dogs work to between eight and ten years of age, depending on their health.   SHERRY TROOP: What other breeds of dogs are used besides shepherds? Are some breeds better suited for the job or is it the personality of the particular dog?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Belgium Malionois, Dutch Shepared, Labrador Retriever are some of your most popular.  I have seen some mixed breeds out []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #3

SYLVIA E. BULL: Do you volunteer to be a K-9 officer? Do you get to pick the dog? What do you do with the dog during vacation? How long is the training?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: In our department you volunteer to be a K-9 Officer.  I pick most of the dogs and try to match them with the handler’s personality.  In our department when the handler goes on vacation I kennel the dogs in my kennel. When I go on vacation []