“Police dogs” mostly come from breeders who trade with their lives, putting them on sale for an average price of 2000 euros. So these animals are treated like merchandising and bought as part of the police equipment.
Every year, around 100 dogs enter into the police academy, but only those who complete a series of requirements will be finally admitted into a training program. The rest are immediately rejected and their destiny is uncertain.
For eight months, the selected animals are submitted to a hard training program which will be depend on the area in which each animal will work on:
– Explosive searcher dog
– Drug searcher dog (narcotics)
– Security guard dog
– Guard dog
– Intervention Dog (protests, disturbances)
In any case, the purpose of the training is to convert a dog into a work instrument, working under the orders of the police agent whom the dog is assigned. Assault courses, barbed-wire fences, fire rings or obedience discipline are some of the tests to pass and, although the learning is based on reinforcement, when these animals fail in their execution they are deprived of rewards and forced to repeat the exercise over and over again.
After the training period is over, the dogs will be sent to their predetermined destinations, where they will continue to work hard. They will be used and forced to put their lives in danger.
Once their useful life cycle is finished, when the animals become old and their capacity goes down, many of them will be returned to the training school, where they will wait for their death in a cage. They will be deprived of the care and love of a real home, until the end of their lives. Only a few fortunate ones will be taken in by their instructors.
The training schools don’t only supply animals to the police squad, but they also have dogs for sale or hire they are used by either private security companies or private citizens.
In the case of dogs that work with security guards from different businesses and organizations, they will be subjected to long working days. It is typical that these animals work up to 15 hours a day, seven days a week, and they are employed as disposable weapons in an eventual conflict. When the security shift is finished, they are put into cages waiting to start again their work a few hours later.
These unfortunate animals receive strict training aimed at reinforcing their aggressiveness and attack behavior and around 7 years old, when their productivity is reduced, they are “cast aside” as if they were some old rug that was used and then it can be dispose of this also means the great majority of them will be killed in the end.