With regard to the police dogs:
We have several that will be hitting the streets next week. At the time they started their training legalized marijuana looked inevitable so they were taught to "hit" differently on marijuana than other drugs.
Most are trained in more than narcotics: tracking, area searches, cadaver, apprehension. I would think a department would assess how much they use the dog in each area before just blindly retiring them. With our dogs they usually retire to live with their handler.
A lot of departments rely on grants and fundraising for their K-9 units. Cerus is high on his estimate if that was for the initial cost of a K-9. Now, if we were talking over the lifetime......
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From what I could find that’s the average total cost of the dog plus training. Lines bred specifically for police work run around $8k just for the dog. Then there’s the training, vet care etc. The high end seemed to be for adding a K9 where none existed so costs like the vehicle cage, training aids etc.
Guess it depends on if a department goes with a breeder specializing in K9s or something off Craigslist.
From my link: "Training new dogs or re-training old ones can cost tens of thousands of dollars."
Then there's the fact of the breeder and bloodlines. I did not get my GSDs off of Craigslist.
The breeder that I was put in touch with bred GSDs for police work.
Mine have Belgian bloodlines and were not cheap. Were they bred for police work? No.
Is their mother an ex bomb sniffing dog at ORD? Yes. Their father was a flunk out during training.
8k sounds about right, I took two from a litter and they were significantly cheaper but still $$$$.
They weren't bred to be police K9s but the breeder had more then a few that were.
"Most are trained in more than narcotics: tracking, area searches, cadaver, apprehension."
Police dogs are trained to either be “single purpose” or “dual purpose” service dogs.
Certified location dogs are seldom trained to be dual purpose such as patrol dogs or security dogs.
Each has a specific job that they are trained for. A location dog can be trained to detect multiple things.
A criminal has no idea that the dog barking at them is really a location dog.
To the dog it's all a game and they are rewarded with playing with a "toy".
Before I got my two GSDs three years ago I had a Belgian Malinois.
I believe that the GSD can be retrained to hit differently on MJ.
It's more of the trainers abilities then the dogs intelligence. Basically GSDs are extremely smart.
Smarter then most of my neighbors. My dogs figured out how to get out of a double latched gate.
My neighbors? Not so much. I had to change they way it latched because the dogs figured it out.
The neighbors are more stumped then ever.
BTW: The filter caught me, the word I used above rhymes with witch stripe.