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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    Hi Grant Welcome!

    Wow what an exciting life! I'm currently studying a diploma in justice studies in preparation to enter into the police force. My aspiration is becoming a member of the dog squad - any tips? lol
    I started out with the QLD Police Force in '76 with the intention of getting into the Dog Squad. When I was in the academy my course instructor was Wayne Bennet and Mal Menninger was on the course ahead of me. I left the force after only a few months in the academy when I found out that the earliest anyone had got into the dog squad from the academy was 9 years!! I resigned and 2 years later joined the Air Force and was a Police Dog Handler within 6 months....... that was 33 years ago

    Tips for you? Keep enthusiastic and keep an open mind rather than following a single dog training ideology blindly. There is no one correct way to train a dog and anyone who tells you that there is, is just showing you the limitations of their own knowledge base. Don't expect to get into the dog squad from the academy. The dog squads are an elite group and they always get a large number of applications for every single vacancy advertised. My own son-in-law has been trying to get into the squad for the last 3 years without success. But like a true dog lover he isn't phased by failure as many of the current handlers within the squad tried for many years before they were accepted.
    Regards,
    Grant 'The Paw Man'
    RAAF Police Dog Handler, 33 yrs service & Civilian Canine Behavior Specialist

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Paw Man View Post
    Tips for you? Keep enthusiastic and keep an open mind rather than following a single dog training ideology blindly. There is no one correct way to train a dog and anyone who tells you that there is, is just showing you the limitations of their own knowledge base..
    I like this part ..........
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks for the info grant! Pretty much my sole purpose into joining the police force is to get into the dog squad (i also have other reasons, but this would be my ultimate goal) I am originally from New Zealand and from my understanding you had to be a general police officer for 5 years before you could even apply for any specialist unit - so i thought bugger that & joined the Navy. I now live in Brisbane, and looked into joining Customs or the QLD Police Force & the possibility of Military Dog Handling. Both Military and Customs are out of the equation as i am not willing to become an Australian Citizen so it has pretty much left me with the Police Force. I do know it will not happen overnight, before i can even apply i have to do 3 years general policing, and i do understand it's a very competitive unit to get into but i am very much willing to wait & put in the hard yards! (to get into a specialist unit you are based on merit am i correct?)

    Thanks again
    Last edited by Kuri_89; 01-20-2012 at 10:29 AM.

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    Hi Grant.

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    Hi Pawman

    It's the sig - we've removed the link until you get permission. The first link I gave you in my post above - was to Morgan's profile if you click on that you can use the options on the menu on the left to send a personal (private) message (most likely to be received by him via email) or via the visitor messages - which would be more public but take longer for Morgan to notice.

    The rule is in the link in my sig.

    And this forum has had some sort of arrangement with Steve Courtney - so if you and he have respect for each other's training methods - then I'm thinking it's ok for you too. We occasionally get people joining to plug what I consider extremely dodgy establishments so I like to check. And I'm not a fan of Cesar Milan's methods - they get amateurs bitten.

    Personally I'm a huge fan of the rewards based training methods - as taught by Susan Garrett (agility champion dog trainer). But I'm not totally against correction based methods in combination with reward based - in the hands of someone know has extremely good observation skills and timing - because corrections are much more prone to fall out and much harder to re-train if that happens.

    I'd much rather use treats and attention, than prong collars or e-collars - though I understand in their place they can help. They're just not the tools for me because I'm too unco to time it right.

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