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3 Secrets to Becoming a K9 Handler

 

 

It is no secret that the world of K9 is not the easiest specialized unit to become a part of. 

 

Units all across the country typically only have from 1-6 K9 teams with the exception of your big cities such as NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, and some of your larger Sheriff's Offices in Florida that may have 10-15 teams or more.  Notwithstanding those larger agencies that may have more turnover and positions available, the position of K9 handler can be very difficult to attain.

 

Your typical working K9 will have a working career of approximately 7-9 years based on the health of the K9, department retirement policies for K9s, department needs, etc.

 

This means that the turnover for a K9 handler position is about the same; that is if the handler chooses (or the department chooses) not have the handler work another K9.  

 

K9 is a position that it is either in your blood or it isn’t.  And when it is in your blood, you never want...

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