Are you fascinated with the work of security dog handlers? Do you love canines? Do you want to work in the security sector? Answering all these questions with “yes” means you are ready to begin dog handler training. Learn all about it to get a career head start.
You have to choose a training program that is accredited by the BIPDT (British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers). It has to be compliant with the Guards Dog Act and the Dangerous Dog Act as well. These features will ensure that you will get top quality training for security dog handlers.
You have to have a dog in order to qualify for such a program. It is not common for aspiring candidates to be assigned canines. If you do not have a dog for handling, you will be given advice on how to get one. Keep in mind that your pet must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the program. These are usually based on age, breed and general health.
A standard program consists of three main parts. These include obedience work, patrol and search and agility. In all of these courses, the handler works with the canine and both learn how to perform different tasks. Team work is a fundamental element of the program.
The obedience work section of the course is perhaps the most difficult for aspiring security dog handlers. You will learn how to make different commands while your canine will learn to obey them. Obedience work usually includes turning left and right, sitting down, staying within the site of the handler and having the dog sit for attaching a lead to its collar.
The patrol and search section of the program is the one that will give you the most training in security. You and your canine will learn how to patrol. Learning how to identify a hidden intruder is an essential part of the program, especially for the K9. The canine learns what to do during the escort of the intruder as well. Defending the handler is another essential thing that the dog learns. It is trained to bite the intruder in case he attacks or tries to escape.
Agility training is also an essential part of the program. The canine is trained to jump different hurdles while led by the security guard. Even though the K9 has to do the work, you learn how to help it and guide it as a handler.
Finally, after completing the program, the security dog handlers and their canines undergo special safety testing and skill testing.