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Q. I am being considered for a police K9 handler position. I am concerned about the safety of my two small children. Do you have any advice?
Our department is forming a K9 unit and I am being seriously considered as the first handler. I am interested in your opinion on my "situation."

My main concern regarding the safety of my family unit as we have two very small children and two adult dogs. I understand each dog is unique but without any further information do you think I would be a suitable departmental K9 handler or am I setting myself up for disaster?

Thanks in advance,
Kathy

A. Police dogs are not pets. They are not family dogs. They are also NOT HOUSE DOGS. They are tools of work.

They don’t play with family members, they don’t interact with family dogs. They have a kennel and that’s where they stay when they come home. The K9 handler interacts with the dog by himself or herself.

Those k9 handlers who choose to go another direction or ignore these positions risk their department's support and/or the department's K9 program.
  
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