1. For limited penetration type, on line searches, what leash length is everybody here using??
2. Do you use the same line for on line area searches/ tracking?
Just curious. We have traditionally tracked on a 30 foot line, although the "norm" in my area is the 15 foot line. I like the 30 because I think that it gives the pup a little more freedom to cast without handler interference. Also, there's always something about that magical "21 foot rule" rolling around in the back of my head.
During building searches, SWAT K-9 application style, I have been using a 50 foot line. I read in the last Police K-9 Magazine that the new trend is using lines up to 100 feet in length. This seems a little bit too much for me. I'm not sure how much of a nightmare that would be if it got all tangled up in everything. It can be hard enough dealing with the 50.
We conduct "limited penetration" searches, where the team only wants to systematically clear and occupy the search area instead of scanning the entire thing. We could accomplish this off leash, but it required too much verbal range control, so we opted to use the long lines to keep them in close.
We also have used the "forced extraction" technique- where the K-9 grabs and holds the suspect and we physically pull the suspect out of the room and into our own real estate. The long lines are awesome for this and we have had great success with it.
We do train, deploy and certify off leash per FDLE standards as well, but for certain applications, long lining it is appropriate (for us anyway). It takes a little while toget used to it, but once you do it-it could become you preferred tactic for all of your searches.
Please. Some specific tactics should not be discussed on an open forum.
I am going to stop this since it could lead to revealing some.....lets not say secret tactics....but rather those that should not simply be put out on the net for all to see.
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