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07-20-06, 08:16 PM
This question will go out to K9 handlers and Police K9 trainers. First, what age was your partner when he/she earned there badge. Barely out of puppyhood, or old already? Just a curious question. I know the department probably gets their value at the youngest age, but is the maturity truly there? I'm guessing (just a guess) average age probably 1.5 to 2 years old. Also if you retired a k9 what was their age at retirement?
I run a 40+ dog canine section. I won't accept anything for training less than 1 year old. The average age to enter training is nearly 2. While I've had dogs work as old as 14 years, the average age over the past 15 years for retirement is 11.
DCF knows his stuff!!!
My pup was 18 months when he got his certifications. The second dog on our department just turned one year and it shows. He's got great drives and loves to work, but he still shows some serious puppy issues...