2014 Desert Dog K9 Police Trials

Next weekend, April 12th & 13th, 2014 is the Desert Dog K9 Police Trials. Spectators are allowed to watch the protection work held at Scottsdale Civic Stadium. Starting at 9am, watch dogs from the military, police, hospital and private security firms, show off their skills. My favorite part is a drill called the ‘recall’ (First Image) because it gives a glimpse into the dog’s personality. During this exercise, the dog is signaled to apprehend a bad guy (agitator) in a bite suite. When the dog is almost there, the trainer will call them off. Most dogs instantly return to their handler, but I have seen a few dogs have a little fun with the agitator. One dog jumped up and barked in the agitator’s face while another gave the agitator a hip check from behind. Who says dogs don’t have a sense of humor! More information at www.desertdogk9trials.com.
Here are some images from the 2012 trials. Enjoy!

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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