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what special training do you have to have to become a k-9 handler

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Charles, to expand on Kristen's answer K9 handler's are a very specialized police unit normally dealing with drug prevention. A lot of being a K9 officer is bonding with the dog you have and recognizing the signals he puts out. You typically get to bring him home and he is your dog and part of your family! The training they do varies from department to department but typically getting to that point requires being an officer for quite a few years then you can branch into K9 or swat or task force. Keep in mind though that if you are the K9 officer you typically aren't writing tickets anymore and you are the shifts main source for drug detection and it involves a lot of responsibility.
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Kristen’s Answer

Hi Charles,

To become a K-9 handler, you first need to go to school and get your degree in Criminal Justice. After that, you will need to become a police officer and work 1-2 years before applying for a K-9 officer position. If you are accepted to become a K-9 officer, you will go through training as well as on-the-job training. I recommend visiting the site below for a step-by-step guide on what you need to do if this is the career path you want to take. I will advise, that by becoming a K-9 officer, you will have to dedicate more hours than usual during training to get the bonding you need with your animal.

https://www.criminaljusticedegreeschools.com/criminal-justice-careers/k9-officer/

Sincerely,

Kristen Blake

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