You ask, "What is a working dog?"
"Is it a dog that does more than hang out at the house all day
and bark at the mailman?" "Is it a dog that gets in the car
like Mom and Dad and goes to the office?" Well, sort of ....
Working dogs are amazing animals specially
trained to protect people and to make life easier for them. Some working
dogs act as eyes for blind people, ears for the hearing impaired, and
helpers for the physically challenged. They also protect sheep from
wolves, and they can help a police officer catch criminals. These special
dogs can find victims of disasters under lots of rubble, and they can
find people lost in the woods. They are awesome.
The FBI has some very special working
dogs. Power is the newest addition
to the group of Working Dogs at FBI Headquarters. His job as a Chemical
Explosives Dog is to sniff out bombs, explosion debris, firearms,
and ammunition. Other FBI Working Dogs find drugs, money, and people.
Just how do they do it?
Dogs instinctively know how to find things.
A Handler, the dog's human partner, teaches the dog what to search for.
A dog can use all of his/her senses, like hearing, seeing, and smelling
to find a specific person or thing. To do this, though, requires a lot
of training. They are always practicing, but the dogs love it because
it is what they were born to do.
At the FBI, the Handler is usually a
FBI Special Agent or an FBI Police Officer. The Agent or Police Officer
and his or her dog work together as a team.
The Handler teaches the dog to find very specific things in all kinds
of weird places like in a tree, in the woods or a field, in a suitcase,
in a car, on a street, in a closet, under rubble, or in the water or