Admittedly last weeks post was a bit sad. 2017 was really a hard year on our team when it comes to losing our K-9 partners. But in comes 2018 and with it brings renewed energy in the form of a second puppy. We’ll introduce her in the future. That being said our team now has four young dogs all under the age of two. We have already met K-9 Oma, K-9 Jesse and K-9 Kona in previous posts. Our team’s junior handler now has her new K-9 candidate. With the three young dogs brings a renewed energy to the team training. It also forces us as K-9 handlers to be on the top our game more so than ever.
Yes, we continue training and learning new things will never end. But, the first eighteen months is where things can really go wrong and quickly. It’s where the dogs are really energetic and want to learn. The handlers need to focus that energy and make every effort to not teach the pups something incorrectly or start bad habits. For example, when I start my next K-9 partner it will start learning its long downs during this period of time. Sometimes bad habits are difficult to break.
Its Just Fun
The young K-9 candidates bring back a renewed level of laughter during the training. Unfortunately maybe not for that individual handler while their dog is out and being worked. We all understand puppies will be puppies. Even the best bred K-9 will have its’ moments of goofiness and typically at its handlers expense while the other teammates enjoy the show.
While we will always miss the K-9’s that we have lost, be it just last year or decades ago, we take that renewed energy and all things that we have learned while training and working with them and put it to the new K-9 candidates.