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It's an opinion piece, but you're right, it's a terrible one.
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I put a tutu on Olga for halloween and people told me how cute it was that I dressed up my dog to be a service dog because she was also wearing her harness :facepalm:

I just giggled about it.
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Police/TSA dogs are trained to react in an instant. They need this to catch bad guys and to survive. Swrvice dogs are trained never to react. They need this to be successful in public. It isn't that police dogs are poorly trained. They just arn't usually PA trained and when they encounter an unusual stimulus, they react.
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Do they still use wands? It's been awhile, but I'm usually physically searched now. Unless I'm an idiot and not remembering, but haven't been wanded in awhile.

Yeah police K9 dogs are definitely not same as assistant dog. I approached a cop car once in the dark, didn't see the black shepherd and that thing almost went through the window. Sacred the [censored] out of me. Officer told it to shut up in German and it didn't make a noise after that.
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Police and drug/bomb scent dogs aren't held to the same standard of training as other dogs. I personally feel they could work a bit more on raising defensive threshold in the dogs, but their purpose isn't to get on public and not pull on the leash, it's to sniff stuff out and bring down bad guys.

That said, our local PD k9's are trained by my trainer and they are amazingly well balanced dogs. They bring them to community events for kids to take pictures with them and then do demonstrations for the public pretty often, all without a muzzle. It can be done, it just depends on the trainer's standards of what a police/scent dog should do. It is far easier and quicker to muzzle train a dog with weak nerves than it is to vet the ones being assigned and train them properly.
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The sad thing is that the K9s (dogs) are fully trained when they are turned over to the officers assigned to be their partners.  The partners get lazy, and the K9 training suffers. 

I've definitely seen a few K9s under less than full control the last couple of years.  One with a female officer near baggage claim was maintaining a sit, but started to get up.  The officer smacked it with the leash as a correction.   I was appalled. 

Last January, while Scooter and I were on the way to Atlanta from STL, there was a TSA K9 taking his officer for a drag through the terminal.  I believe the dog was supposed to be looking for something, drugs or explosives or something, even though we were airside of security.   It would pull and zoom around the area then come back.  The agent saw Scooter and me and stayed quite a distance from us.  Scooter just lay there watching. 

I have had precheck for a number of years.  It is wonderful.  Going through with Scooter,  I have him sit, then I go through.  Then I call him to come through.  I have him stop and stand, reach down and hold his muzzle and command "stand stay".  At that point, the TSA agent either wands or feels him.  Wanding we had to practice.  I believe it emits a high pitched sound and he DOES NOT like it, but I enlisted the help of a police officer here on campus and we have practiced it a number of times. 

The agents seem to appreciate that I grab his muzzle.  I am positive they have issues with fakers and ESA dogs with no training.    We've heard the "nice to see a real service dog" comment as well. 
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You can put antlers on your dog if you want to, but then don't complain if it increases drive-by petting, queries, or doubts about legitimacy. Have I put antlers on my dog? Yes, Cole and I wore matching antlers one year. But you won't catch me complaining about the public's response because I did ask for people to take us less seriously.
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Public access training is about proofing and generalizing behaviors learned first at home.  That's why generally speaking public access it trained last, after obedience and task training, and when the dog is mature enough to benefit from the proofing.

With younger dogs what you're doing isn't actually public access training (it's called habituation and socialization) and can and should be done in pet friendly locations.  Task training is easier than public access training and typically goes pretty quickly, quicker than either obedience or public access.

So suppose I've taught my dog to halt at intersections and curbs and to resist going forward without a special command.  I'm going to teach it at home first, walking around my neighborhood and then I'm going to gradually move out from my neighborhood to gradually more difficult places for him to practice that task.  So by the time he's training at a level 10 distraction environment, he's already operating at 80% reliability at a level 9 distraction environment and likewise he's already done a lot of generalization.

People without trainer's access rights, which is most owner-trainers, do fine fully training their dogs before getting public access rights. I did. So she wants to take both but it's not actually necessary.
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I'm usually getting yelled at because I want to watch my stuff go thru the scanner, but I'm not allowed to move until I've been searched.  :dry: 



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I'm an old cynic, Nala.
It's theoretically possible.
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