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
Originally Posted by Kuri_89
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.
Grant 'The Paw Man'
RAAF Police Dog Handler, 33 yrs service & Civilian Canine Behavior Specialist