The dogs will have to undergo intensive training before they’re ready to hit the streets, but Jackson added that it’s usually the handler who needs more training.In order to become a JPD K9 handler, an officer must be on the force for at least two years.The department uses shepherd breeds — as opposed to bloodhounds or pits — because shepherds are typically average or above average in all skills, not just sense of smell.
TRAINING METHODSJackson said students could have other opportunities to interact with the K9s.Jackson set out multiple white bins, tops down on the ground. With the push of a button, Jackson’s patrol car door opened and out came Cinco, Jackson’s fifth and, he says, final K9.Cinco hurriedly walked along the bins, sniffing out each one for narcotics.How to Bond with your dog It is Important to keep in mind - Your dog WILL NOT totally respond to you until the bond is created! Do not leave your dog unattended with your children until the bond is complete.Remember, your new dog does not know you or your family. Tell your children not to rush up to the dog but to let the dog come to them. If the dog does not want to approach them, don't worry, he/she will in a few days.It’s another part of the job that not everyone can handle.“You’re not a K9 handler until you get bit,” Jackson said.