Service dogs are working dogs specially trained for police, customs duty or the military. They are used whenever human and technology run up against their limits in crime detection. The respective centres of operations have lists of all available specialised dogs which can be deployed as fast as possible on request – these include protection, tracking and detection dogs. Service dogs also have to be fit to fly, so that rapid transport to the deployment area is possible at all times.
The German Shepherd has been and still is the most popular breed for service dog deployments. Because of its performance and its high willingness for protection and defence, the Shepherd is not only a reliable colleague, but also a loyal partner on four paws.
They are far more than a colleague on four paws: police dogs intervene when humans have reached their physical and technical limits. Once specialised through their training, police dogs are masters in their field.
Police dogs include
- Specially trained protection dogs are used in demonstrations, to catch fleeing persons, to detect burglars and protect persons and objects.
- Tracking dogs follow scents and can track down humans and objects over long distances, for example in the search for missing persons.
- Dogs with particularly pronounced play and prey drive – these are trained as detection dogs for drugs, explosives or corpses.
The police dog, like most other service dogs, normally spends his free time as a family dog with his dog handler. The close bond between the dog and his handler is a necessity for the successful collaboration of human and animal.
Shepherds in service
Its endurance, intelligence, enormous willingness to work and its highly sensitive senses make the German Shepherd the most popular of all police dogs. The shepherd is vigilant and self-confident by nature and has a distinctive protectiveness. These loyal service dogs, especially those in protection work, have become indispensable.