APPREHENSION PATROL / UTILITY SERVICE DOG TEAM WORK

 

This exercise is designed to show the handlers ability to control the movement of the dog and the team's ability to detect and locate suspects by conducing scouts and building searches.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

1. Open Area Search: The handler will send his dog into the designated area with the command to search. The dog must find a hidden decoy and indicate the location by barking, scratching, etc. After thc decoy is found, the handler will command the dog to "sit'' or "down". The decoy will be called out and searched. The decoy will be escorted away by the canine, under the control of the handler. A set time limit should be reasonable for the area and difficulty.

2. Building Search. The handler will send his dog into the building with the command to search. The dog must find hidden decoys and indicate the locations by barking, scratching, etc. without the decoys making a noise or giving any movement One (1) decoy will be a low find. (Find and bite or find and bark, depending on the agencies procedures). After the find, the handler will command the dog to "sit" or "down" while the decoy is searched. The other decoy will be a high find of at least ten (10) feet and not more than fifteen (15) feet. The decoys should be in place at least ten (10) minutes. A set time should be reasonable for the building type and difficulty.

3. Gun Sureness: The handler will heel his dog into the designated area. The decoy will flee from his hiding place. While fleeing, the decoy will fire one (1) shot. When the shot is fired, the handler will command his dog to apprehend the decoy. As the dog is pursuing, the decoy will fire a second shot. During this exercise, the dog must show no fear of the gunfire and must go straight for the decoy and apprehend him by biting and not letting go until commanded to do so by the handler.

4. Call Out: The handler will heel his dog into the designated area. The decoy will flee from his hiding place. The handler will command the dog to apprehend the decoy. Upon hearing the command the decoy will stop and remain motionless. The handler will then command his dog to call off. The dog must not bite the decoy.

5. Courage Test: The handler will heel his dog into the designated area. The decoy will flee from his hiding place. The handler will command the dog to apprehend the decoy. When the dog is approximately twenty-five (25) feet from the decoy, the decoy will turn and run at the dog in a threatening manner with a raised stick. The dog must continue and bite the decoy. The decoy will strike the dog twice. The dog must not release the bite until commanded to do so by the handler.

 

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