|Barked: Tue Jun 12, '12 10:41pm PST |
|Well, I visited a K9 training facility once and the officer explained that the dog is only let out one side of the car in normal situations. The other door is controlled by a remote, the “bail-out” system mentioned in this article I believe, and is only used when the officer is in trouble, so the dog knows when that door opens, he's going to bite someone.
So I'm guessing when that door was mistakenly opened, the dog took that to mean there was a threat. It sounds like he may have been trained to bite the first person he sees when exiting that door, because that was always who was attacking the officer in training situations. That would obviously be a flaw in training.
K9s are not trained the same way sport dogs are, or at least they shouldn't be. And all K9s are not trained equally, some are trained really well, others not so much. The fact that he was able to recall the dog at least shows control. Not that I'm by any means an expert on the subject, but those are my thoughts on the article.
Edited by author Tue Jun 12, '12 11:05pm PST
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