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Q. I am a new K9 handler, our state does does not require state certification. Can I use my dog on the street before its certified by someone?
I am a police officer in South Carolina. I am in the early stages of training my K-9 with the assistance of an experienced K-9 handler. My question is, can I work my dog on the street before he is certified by a certified instructor. The reason I ask is I was told hte state of SC does not require the dog to be certified. Also, could you email me a list of German commands for training my younger 4 month old pup.

Thanks,
PFC. Gerrald

A. Here are the commands.

If you use a dog on the street you had better have the training records to indicate the dogs capabilities and effectiveness. If you do not have certification everything will fall on the training records. If you want to fail the quickest way is to screw up, get sued and lose because you did not do your job properly (i.e. not train your dog well enough or long enough).
  
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