13 March 2019

Cindy Cherry with Police Dog Services

Ever wonder what Don Cherry thinks when he is watching his favorite “ Guys in Blue” having a hard time with rioters in the streets? Or here is a question for you: ...

hi I'm here with Matt from police dog

services and I got a Miss if I all wanna ask him some interesting questions they always wanted to know about police dogs so Matt thanks very much for doing this absolutely thanks for having us so I got to ask you why Shepard like I say gee there's so many other dogs that could bite better and you know hounds that can track people down and a hot stuff but puts letting life German Shepherds or are they all German shepherds I have no idea for most of our tracking work and to find people we use shepherds because when they first came into developing police forces with dogs they did test out other dogs and there are dogs that are out there that are much better biting dogs better agility dogs better tracking dogs but when you take the Shepherd it always fits in around that 70 to 85 percent of everything that we need to do so instead of having a dog that's a really good lighter and not so good at tracking or really good at agility and not so good at searching to find people the Shepherd just sits in that middle to upper class of everything that we need the dog to like that makes sense it's a jack-of-all-trades now are they all

Germany always think it was German shepherds German Shepherd like so there are different kinds of Shepherds out there so I've got a German Shepherd he's a six year old German Shepherd I've also got a Dutch Shepherd and he's five years old and we use him for detection work he's a lot smaller he's only fifty pounds we've also got Shepherds from Belgium we've got Shepherds from the Czech Republic we've got a couple Canadian bred Shepherds so the fact that everybody sees one of these Shepherds and everybody goes to that's a German Shepherd it's because they do typically look a lot the same but they are different okay now I have a question to ask you that my dad wanted me to ask you don't know you know it's on sherry right you know it's not sure all right okay so when dad and I are watching you guys having a hard time downtown Toronto with all the booths that are rioting and all that other stuff we go you know if they just had a dog there that would just wipe everybody out would calm everything down so from a question from John sherry why don't you guys use your dogs more to for controlling idiots that give you guys a hard time in downtown Toronto

it's a liability factor so if we use them or crowd control our unit specific policy says no crowd control no intimidation so our dogs are brought in when the human element can't look after or look after a situation or they can't find something so if we're looking for a bad guy and the policeman out on the road can't find them then we'll bring the dog in if we're looking for something specific that they may have hidden or we're looking for narcotics or firearms that are hidden somewhere they'll bring in the dog to try to find it so as far as intimidation and crowd control we're not allowed to use you're not allowed to do it but you gotta admit okay I'm not gonna get in trouble all right I'm not going to get you in trouble not going to ask you the question that you I know okay I won't do that okay so now how good how long do these dogs they must be under a lot of stress they have a lot of you know they're they're out there among the people how long do they go and what happens to the map do you think you know what you say to Susy might want to take a rest just like a policeman out in the

city you know we do a certain amount of years and we like to retire and enjoy retirement so our general dogs that are out over fences every day searching building searching schools and stuff like that will typically work them between eight nine years as long as they stay healthy the smaller dogs like my Dutch Shepherd some of our springer spaniel some of the labs in detection works a lot more methodical it's a lot more slow-paced they don't have that stress on their joints as long as we keep them healthy we can work them till about 10:00 and then we like to give them that few years to just chill out and be a pet now just do the officer that have them keep them at home or you got to get them somewhere else in a family situation that someone else this is a bond that every single day these dogs are with us they're where does that work they're with us at home they're with our families so although they aren't per se a pet when they retire it's just like getting rid of a family pet after ten years it's tough to do so all the guys that I work with and any of the k-9 handlers outside of services that I have know yeah you want to retire

and enjoy that time with them that's your partner you know they're with you more than your family is typically while you're in this unit so yeah we'd never want to get rid of them they're my two boys are going to retire with me and be with me until they're until their time to go well that's the way I'm sure they live the life of Riley after and you know what they really have earned that right so Matt thank you very much it's been very enlightening hopefully I'll show my dad this Neal - every time he sees you guys having a hard time I don't understand why they don't bring him the dogs to straighten these idiots out I can sell them so thanks a lot thanks very much [Applause]