We have all heard that pit bulls are vicious and dangerous dogs. I honestly don’t believe they are a ‘bad’ breed of dog – it has to do with how they are trained and raised. Some police departments are now using pit bulls as police canines. The best part of this is that they don’t go to a breeder and get the dogs – they go to local shelters for the dogs!
Several groups will train the dogs for their important work. One such group is the Animal Farm Foundation. They collaborate with Universal K9 and Austin Pets Alive! to give the rescued pit bulls the proper training.
Normally a trained German Shepherd or Belgian dog will cost the police departments anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000 each.
By going to the shelter, they can get a hard-working, dedicated dog for much less! Pit bulls can be trained to be detective dogs too.
There are pit bulls who have been trained to sniff out explosives, cadaver, narcotics, and arson detection. Some pit bulls have also been trained in criminal apprehension.
Imagine being a criminal and seeing a trained pit bull running after you!
Universal K9 founder, Brad Croft, said that any dog that has confidence, drive, and a will to work can be trained to work. Austin Pets Alive! says that each dog has to be treated individually – behavior isn’t based just on looks.
Surprisingly, the only difficulty that most police department trainers have reported having with the new pit bull recruits is getting them to be aggressive towards people! Go Figure!
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