This week, I had the privilege to toodle over to a friends house to watch a K9 demonstration. Brookie was still here and got in on the action. A nice crowd had showed up and we all listened with rapt attention to Officer (I think) DeClue, Mr. Luna (I think) and Esko.
Officer DeClue gave us quite the run down of how the K9 program works and the rigorous training that the dogs receive. Esko spent quite a few weeks in K9 academies and Officer DeClue enventually ‘inherited’ him from another K9 Officer. Esko spent the first 6 weeks biting DeClue until he finally clued in that he had a new handler. heh.
Esko was incredibly smart and was incredibly excited to show off his tricks. One of the kids hid a gun and a cell phone and Esko circled the field until he found both (didn’t take him long at all). When he did find them, he laid down right in front of it with his paws surrounding the object and thus kept the piece of evidence intact. That was impressive in and of itself but he received quite an applause after pulling off this set of moves.
Pretend bad guy is running away from the cops, so Esko is sent to bring him down.
And this, my friends, would be a terrifying sight; a full grown German Shepard leaping and bounding toward you. DeClue says most ‘runner’s’ give up real quick and that he’s tested Esko’s ability to come back to the point where Esko will have launched himself on the runner but DeClue can call him off and Esko won’t bite. That’s some serious obedience.
And took him down again.
It was a very enlightening afternoon and very heartwarming to see the intense bond between man and dog-they definitely have each other’s back.
And for those who didn’t get to make the show, I believe they’ll be performing July 24th and 25th at the Orange County Fair. Also, these demonstrations are free and if you can pull a group together, they’d be happy to come visit you.
It’s well worth your time.