Training Police Dogs in Maryland (2023)


Join us and watch a couple full bite sessions with a few of the police dogs we got to work in Maryland. Its always a pleasure to work with my close friend Carlos Ramirez. I hope you guys find these session informative and helpful.

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Oh, see how Michael is letting him gain ground he's letting him push him even on the ground, but then also he's making it so obvious that the dog is the one who made him do that right, it's like clear to everyone, including the dog you made me do that all right we're just getting to Kent Island that's for our first seminar stop is get the view Alec.

This is the Bay Bridge I, don't know, if you're familiar with the Bay Bridge alley, let's put a little, uh, scariest bridges in America petrified.

Right now I just grew up here, but I'm good to go.

Yeah, all right, we're, uh, it where what are we? Where are we right now hairpin park or something like that? Hairpin, Park, uh, Kent, Island.

The seminar decoy seminar starts tomorrow.

Um I'm here with uh, Braille, of course, the camera's out she's got to rush over, um, we got Alec and uh, Taylor Carlos gets in soon.

But right now we're, just enjoying the beautiful swamp seminar starts tomorrow.

So we'll get back to you.

Then, oh, look at all those little fishing things are those tadpoles or fish all right we're here day one, where are we at Carlos? Oh I, don't know, oh Kent, Island, Kent, Island, Maryland because I, don't know, if you guys can see but there's, the big beast over there holding on the parking lot, I think he's here.

We claimed a bunch of parking spots, um so it's day.

One we're gonna go in and get started let's.

Go let's.

Do it we just well.

We finished up in Maryland, um, we're, actually heading to Florida.

Now, um, we got I got a ton, a ton of video footage, not sure how I'm gonna put it together in a YouTube video.

But in the meantime, I got two clips, uh, one of me, working a dog and one of Carlos working a dog.

So we're gonna put those in here, uh.

So you guys can kind of keep up and then I gotta figure out what to do with all the footage that I have and uh kind of compilate that and make it into something.

But to hold you over I.

Hope you guys enjoy this.

Uh, it's, both of us, we're all talking while we're working the dogs and kind of explaining what's going on, uh, so I'm, sure some of you will find it useful.

You go loose on it.

Foreign I removed those options.

Same concept.

Yeah, um just work smaller, dogs.

All right.

So one of the things that I would also be aware of like he's, not he wasn't countering too much on his own there.

He was waiting for Mom's input to counter right? So we don't it's a good thing.

He counters on that kid.

But we don't want him to rely on it.

Right? If he's in the end of the building and you're all the way up here.

He still should be doing what we want him to do.

Um, um.

So sometimes we also told you guys I'd hook into the collar if you can but some dogs, well, like we've been saying sometimes opening up that circuit.

But if you still want to be safe, you can take your other hand and grab him to a collar here.

Oh, yeah, oh boy.

Good man more for somebody who is as tall as yet because another Warfare fight right like he's, not having to stand as much.

So just that change of height is a big one I'm more for 12, decoys I, personally like to teach dogs.

Once they take you to the ground don't.

Let me get up.

And the way that you can do it like very very slow.

I'll, try to get up I'm gonna second the dog pushes I lay back down so there's, no counter.


Let me get back up I'll get back up it's, not as advantageous for him again.

See now he's keeping him down.

He goes getting up slow to give him a chance to regroup while he's getting up if the dog does there you go if the dog doesn't stop him in the process, then he doesn't know, he starts like, nope, stay down.

And you see how he's putting all his weight on him, that's a sign of like, nope like dominance.

Right? Like no, you stay there and he's laying on him, no, not anything else.

Don't get a see take a note, Let, Me, Slowly starts getting up.

If you allowed him, then he will finish and get all the way up and the dog loses it.

Top advantage.

Now he's gonna have to work a little bit harder to get me back down on the ground, foreign see.

How Michael is letting him gain ground he's letting him push him even on the ground, but then also he's making it.

So obvious that the dog is the one who made him do that right, it's like clear to everyone, including the dog you made me do that like decoy is not always all at war with the dog, right like we're sparring partners.

We have to teach them things, not his enemy.

And if you guys know this for him to be able to move, he needs to be on that bottom head needs to be on the floor.

How many of you guys here? Do you need to that is like like huge help in Bitcoin work because you're, very aware of your what your hips are.

So when you're on the floor, you know how to position yourself so you're, not vulnerable.

Okay, okay.

So Michael was coming back.

So the entire time he was on his right hip.

So if he needed two people ask quickly and get away from the dog, you see like he's, always on the app right there.

You can get up, and he can put back Smoke.


Do you guys? Notice when the dog went back to Mom to be quiet down like you're, gonna barely hear his breathing, even though he's breathing is hard next to her.

He was quiet.

Why is that comfortable he's waiting for that command be quiet down to ensure? He can hear what she's going to say next right? Same.

Whenever you hear a dog they're like, and then they hear something on the leaves and they go and they quiet down.

So they can hear better.

And everything is all the action.

I'm doing is contingent upon him.

He has to make something happen I'm, not trying to help him when he's running he's gonna he didn't completely remember.

So in there, we know and I know, Michael Thompson is yesterday.

But the name of the dog is Abdullah say, important for him, what say smoke, he's, a vital man, right? So it's, great in between operation, if you can tell the doctor regroup, a million times just by saying, his name, but then she's using her name, followed by Alex, right so she's, saying, fight, let go let's a lot cleaner that way you can put them up perfect.

I mean, with him, flanking him pinching him.

So they'll be working on it.

So we're gonna see where he's at and try to improve what they walk him out.

And this is why we said in those like when they feel defensive, it can be vulnerable for the dogs.

We have to be pretty careful flow in.


He needs to come off work on me.

Settle in yes, yes, he's going at the wrong angle and like that angle.

So I'm gonna grab his head and fix it.


Don't work better pull the angle.

Yes, I'm gonna get really strong on what he's doing first.

This is important before you start adding and pushing thresholds.

We gotta let the dog get onto the bike, get comfortable where they're at so we have kind of a status quo that we can measure against and say, okay, something has changed if we don't know, what's changing, because we haven't given him a chance to settle good mobilization, Waits it out.


Here are those deposits in the bank account all right.

You got stressed out a little bit.

Yes, Carlos was letting them beat him up now that he made the right toys, go back to that or something else again in a little bit.

Oh, let me see your hands.

Yes, dude.



Let me see your hands.

So that one was hard for the dog to go with Carlos had a big reinforcer by hey, you made the right direction level.

Now, ow.

So last time when I flanked him, he let go huge Improvement.

He didn't give a about it.

Another he'll be strong, I'll, try it again, not like single you see that, oh, great work.

Man, let me see your hands.

If you don't like notice, those counters compared to some like those counters are violent counters like he's, trying to hurt you see what we talked about yesterday.

Somebody asked about the shaking he's taking a big regret.

Then he changed that's trying to cause me pain, he's, not shaking.

And then pulling you think you're seeing him, boom.

And then after that normally checks, oh see that that's causing pain.

Oh, yes.

Let me see your hands.

Can you hear me? Yes, sir, yes.




You see how he's climbing away from me going for the column? Yeah, yeah, that's using your environment as your Skinner box or your behavior, limited thoughts anywhere.

So he wanted to get away from the column.

So if you recruits hard enough, I, love him.

So yes, let me see your hands.

You see your hands.

You see your hands, won't handle it handle it if you're trying to pair it with the back pressure.

Let me see your handsome.

Yeah, yes.


From right there.

Oh, yes, I think I.

Nailed it.

So I'm gonna put him a little on the way out.

So whenever you haven't hooked up on the harness actually foreign.


Can I train my dog to be a police dog? ›

Before a handler can start working with a dog as an official Police dog, the dog must pass the normative police test, or can be bought, fully prepared, from Master Dog Training. A K9 officer and his or her dog, should undergo lessons in maintaining the police dog normative once a week.

How are dogs chosen to be police dogs? ›

Police departments obtain dogs from a variety of sources. Some are donated by their original owners. However, more police departments are realizing the importance of using dogs that have been specifically bred and raised for police work.

What method is used to train police dogs? ›

Decoy training involves hiding an object, usually a towel, with drugs concealed inside it. The dog then locates the towel and is rewarded with play. Once the dog is trained, it can locate hidden illegal substances in airports, cars, warehouses, residences and more.

Are police dogs trained with e collars? ›

But more than just basic obedience, e-collars (also known as dog shock collars or remote training collars) are also an advanced way to train police dogs or what we know as K-9 dogs.

Can all dogs be police dogs? ›

Can pitbulls be trained as police dogs? ›

Despite the negative stigma attached to the American Pit Bull Terrier, many U.S. police agencies have over the past few years been using American Pit Bulls as detector dogs.

Are police dogs usually male or female? ›

Male dogs are often picked as police dogs. They show more aggression and are stronger as female dogs.

What is the most common police dog? ›

The most popular breed of police dog is the well-known German Shepherd, a 200 year old breed in the herding class of working dogs.

How are police dogs trained so well? ›

A police dog must also make it through endurance and agility training. The dog must be able to jump over walls and climb stairs. Each dog is acclimated to city life, because a dog that's nervous around people won't make a good police dog. Finally, each dog receives specialty training.

Are police dogs trained with treats? ›

Police K9 training never stops as trainers and dogs must renew their training all the time and keep up commands and scent training as to not become lessened. In the end, these are still dogs that need love, companionship, treats, and toys.

Are police dogs trained to bite? ›

Dangerousness of police and military dogs. Police dogs are highly dangerous as a result of their training. They are taught a bite-and-hold technique for subduing individuals suspected of felony crimes.

What are police dogs trained to smell for? ›

Drug Busters: Washington State Department of Corrections' narcotics dogs are trained to find heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, spice, suboxone and tobacco. They can even be trained to find other contraband items like cell phones.

Are police dogs supposed to be on a leash? ›

All police dogs shall be kept on a leash when in areas that allow access to the public.

Why do cops hold their collars? ›

The vest hang: A natural transition from the pit tuck, the vest hang is clasping the top of the vest near their collarbones to keep arms from hitting the equipment on the duty belt. The crossed arms: This can look intimidating, but cops use this stance solely for comfort.

Are police dogs trained to smell fear? ›

BALTIMORE, Md. — Some police dogs may smell fear. And that could be bad news for finding people whose genes make them more prone to stress, new data show. Trained police dogs did not recognize stressed-out people who had inherited a form of a gene linked to managing stress poorly.

Why do police use German shepherds and not pitbulls? ›

German Shepherds were naturally bred to work. German Shepherds are typically intelligent (one of the world's most smart breeds), they quick to train, obedient and loyal, athletic and healthy, and even-tempered. All of these traits make German Shepherd's ideal candidates for police work.

Do K9 officers choose their dogs? ›

New K9 officers do not choose their own dogs. Instead, the K9 officer trainer selects the dog partner.

What does K9 stand for? ›

The term 'K9' or 'K-9' is derived from the English and French word 'CANINE' (which simply means 'DOG'). 'CA'='K' and 'NINE'='9' (same as 'YOU TOO'='U2'). The first use of 'K-9' goes probably back to 1942. In that year the first military K-9 Corps were created by US Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson.

How do you turn a pitbull into a guard dog? ›

Secure your Pitbull puppy to a short leash each morning and walk him around the perimeter of the space you want him to protect. If you want him to protect you, keep him with you for a short while. This will help reinforce where his territory begins and ends.

How old are police dogs when they retire? ›

After they become certified they receive about 2 hours of in-service training per 10 hour shift. We continue to train them daily until they retire. 9How old are the dogs when they retire? Our basic rule of thumb for retiring the dogs is 7 years of service or 10 years of age.

What happens to police dogs when they retire? ›

When police dogs retire, they can typically be adopted by their handlers or other service members. If that's not an option, they may be adopted out into the general public. Adopting a retired police dog is a good way to give back to an animal that worked to keep your neighborhood or city safe.

Do Navy SEAL dogs have titanium teeth? ›

These dogs endure a lot, what with the training and being constantly loaded with high-tech equipment. But those working for the Navy have a trait that not many other Special Operations Forces K9s have: titanium teeth.

What is the fastest police dog? ›

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are very good sprinters and are frequently used in police and military work. Their ability to cover short distances quickly and trainability makes it a preferred breed for these kinds of duties. This breed of dog can run up to 30 miles per hour with very explosive speeds.

What are the disadvantages of police dogs? ›

There are several pros and cons to being a K9 officer; the pros include officer safety, crime scene skills, and search and rescue skills, while the cons include constant care, dangerous jobs, and remembering your partner is not a pet.

What breed is Scooby Doo? ›

Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane. The character was designed by Iwao Takamoto, an animator at Hanna-Barbera. According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes are "the mighty 'Apollo of Dogs,'" which is very unlike the silly and cowardly Scooby-Doo.

What language do police dogs learn? ›

Because police dogs are usually German Shepherd dogs, they often come from Europe and come trained with German dog commands. Police dogs are taught the following German dog commands before they are ready for police service: Sit: Sitz (zitz) Down: Platz (plah-tz)

How do police dogs know who the bad guy is? ›

Tracking - Police dogs who specialize in tracking use their powerful sense of smell to track criminal suspects or missing persons. Tracking dogs are trained for years and can find even the most cunning criminal. Without police tracking dogs, many a suspect would escape from the police.

How long do most police dogs work? ›

A: A police K-9's career is mostly dependent on the dog's health. If a dog is able to stay healthy and injury-free, they usually work about 8 to 10 years.

Why do police dogs use German commands? ›

“The dog is trained in the language of where they're coming from.” Take police dogs, for example. German Shepherds are the breed of choice for law enforcement, and because they're of German heritage, they will often be trained using German commands.

Do K9 dogs outrank their handlers? ›

It appears to be a Tradition. Here is what I did find: According to a 2011 blog post by the US Military, military service dogs are all NCO – non commissioned officers – and are given a rank higher than their handler. This tradition is in place to maintain order while training and on missions.

Are police K9 male or female? ›

Most K9 dogs that are used are male dogs. However female dogs are more and more used as K9 dogs as well. Where male dogs are often more aggressive and stronger, female dogs can be used as service dogs as well. Female dogs are often used as single purpose dogs.

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