How to buy police K-9 equipment
The use of K-9 for Law Enforcement purposes has officially been around since the 1850s, but domestic dogs have been used in a variety of security capacities from deterrent to protector far predating that era. With the first dogs being used in European countries for Law Enforcement, several European countries are now responsible for producing a majority of the dogs used for Law Enforcement purposes today in the United States. That covers the dogs, but what about the equipment used to train and maintain these K-9 counterparts in their daily tasks?
Why do we need it? What avenues are available to a department for purchasing equipment from the individual to the whole unit? This and more answered in the following exciting paragraphs.
With the mentality of trying to do more with less, K-9 teams are being used more widely now than ever before, as a K-9 team can accomplish more than an individual officer. A varying set of tasks meet the K-9 teams with most being broken down into detection or scent work, patrol or aggression control, and deterrence and public demonstrations. With this need for dogs comes a need for proper equipment for training and utilization. Just like an officer who learns a task, K-9 training is a perishable skill. A dog is a conditioned-response animal that has to be taught a specific skill set to be successful on the street. Therein lays the need for equipment
Below are listed some key points in what to look for when researching and obtaining K-9 equipment.
1. Ascertain what the end use(s) of the team will be
2. Consult with the trainer
3. Consider available avenues for purchasing equipment
Individual companies like Signature K-9 are available to source anything from vehicle inserts to collapsible water bowls. In finding a vendor, you should look for high quality, a good guarantee, and a comparable price when comparing comparable items with other vendors. For example, a collar that is single layered leather, poorly made, will not hold up as well as one that is stitched and double layered, with good hardware. Just think of comparing apples to apples.
4. Questions to ask:
Do you have any other suggestions for officers purchasing Police K-9 equipment? Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
PoliceOne K-9 Contributor Jerry Bradshaw contributed to this report.
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