I have heard about Abandoned Pit Bull being introduced onto the police force more and more over the past few months, but now I know why.
Trainers like Brad Croft have spent countless hours on training dogs for service, but without hesitation he will tell you which one is the best. “Kiah is one of the top three dogs I’ve ever placed,” he said.
Kiah was found wandering around a grocery store with a pretty nasty wound on her head. No one knew whose dog she was, so she was taken to a shelter. That’s where she was found by police. The adoption was possible thanks to a grant from Animal Farm Foundation.
The foundation worked with Austin Pets Alive and Universal K9’s Brad Croft to pull rescued pit bulls from shelters and place them in different police programs. After watching Kiah perform, Croft knew she would be a perfect police dog.
A police dog must have several qualities that make them perfect. They must have confidence above all else. If they are not fearful, stay curious, and remain trainable, they become a perfect candidate. Kiah is exactly that. One of the most memorable moments for Croft as he trained what when Kiah focused on a toy for an extended period of time and refused to get distracted.
But just because Kiah was trained didn’t mean a police force would take her. There are, after all, lots of negative thoughts towards pit bulls. According to Croft, many agencies are resisting the idea of having pit bulls on their teams. But the City of Poughkeepsie was receptive since getting a K9 pit bull at no cost is a dream come true for any small town.
Kiah was placed with Officer Bruzgul after 16 weeks of training in Texas. Watching her in training sessions makes you marvel at the dog’s determination and willpower to work. Her hard work has paid off and she will soon be going in for another 6-week training for narcotics detection.
This program is turning out great results for police departments all across the country.
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