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Police Dog: Training your best friend

There's a special relationship between an MTA canine police officer and the dog. The dog is more than a tool, more than a partner. He becomes your best friend. And although it might not be easy training your best friend, MTA Police Canine handler Officer Alison Schmitt, originally from Malverne and now Holtsville, proved more than up to the task. Accepting the job of MTA canine police officer changed her life, her family's life and life for the family of the late NYPD Det. Steven McDonald – longtime friends and neighbors of the Schmitts.

57 thoughts on “Police Dog: Training your best friend”

  1. Having been involved in this industry for 30+years we can tell you it is a lot of hard work to train these dogs. Good luck. 🇬🇧

    1. i was so tired of our lilly biting us all the time and then i used a few tips i learned from the MyDogTraining7.blogspot.com — videos. it was like night and day; worked so well

    2. Lot’s of hard work but well worth the effort,
      I just lost my black gsd, he was my first, my it was a learning curve for both of us He was a pet but i trained him to a good standard, we were always on the bus or train going out and about. Made many friends, human and doddy.
      Although he was a pet he helped our local police several times to help control a few unsavoury characters. He will be very sadly missed by lots of people.
      All the best for the future. Xx

    1. Insert Witty Meme Here

      @S D From your comments, I’ll go out on a limb here & say you’re probably one of those SJWs who seriously thinks that abolishing the police is a great idea. Am pretty sure you also have never personally encountered violent or other serious crime…from what I’ve seen, only privileged liberals & ghetto trash blame the police for the social problems we have in our nation.

  2. The bond between dog and human is way beyond words. I even believe in having stray/rescue dogs and cats in prisons where it is possible because of the ability to teach these inmates how it feels to be loved and to love another. Most times they really have not had that in their lives

    1. Nancy Deis very true, I have a dog from the streets in Greece and I think sometimes rescues build stronger bonds because you’ve worked though the hard times for something better. You often gain more trust in the long run from a nervous dog than a naïve one

    2. I agree. My best friend has a dog from spain. She Was 7 when she got her (the dog) and afraid of everyone and everything. The dog froze when someone came into the room, didn’t want to be touched, tried to flee from every sound outside. Now, two years later, she still isn’t “fixed”, she might never be a normal dog, but the difference is extreme. She loves most people (still a bit suspicious of men), can walk outside without being incedibly stressed, loves car rides. We are are even happy when she barks (which she does rarely still) because she basically didn’t make a Sound for a year out of fear of being punished by humans. She must have had a traumatic, horrible life but she slowly learned trusting people again. My friend also had a hard life and now they work together on having a better life. People and dogs can give each other so much I think it’s beautiful.

    3. @abi sangster they see after a bit that you are trust worthy no matter what. Nothing is perfect and sometimes things happen but i choose to believe we need each other

    4. I got ben out of a dog pound $3 I paid for him and he was a true blue recue timber wolf dogs and cat do return a lot of love back to us just for giving them a home but theirs more they give their life for you. and all they ask for love and food and it a friend for life

    5. @Frau X I love K9 for their devotion and not their choice to serve but they loyal to the end ! But Agree with Frau X i have all my dogs from shelters or rescue or just streets and no matter for me age or look i love them same like they LOVE US UNCONDITIONALLY!IN good hands and patience LOVING home they will overcome their THEIR HORRIBLE past! I love all of them pure breed or not! They love us UNCONDITIONALLY! Blessings Frau X for rescue your dog from Spain ! I am connected with many rescues from many places and…there is HORRIBLE ABUSE ON ANIMALS BEYOND TRUE HUMAN MINDS! In Spain horror and many other countries! Lack of LAW ENFORCEMENT or any by law which will PROTECT ANIMALS and people who don’t care if not worse! I always think how you treat HELPLESS ANIMALS is tell me WHO YOU ARE! BLESSINGS FOREVER FRAU X AND YOUR RESCUE BABY! WHEN I SEE ALL THE PSYCHOPATHS WHO HURT ANIMALS I START HATE THIS MONSTERS (PEOPLE ???) Also many K9 or military dogs SACRIFICE and then if nobody claim them after they retire…they need RESCUERS! So HEARTBREAKING!

  3. I had German Shepherds growing up, one was a MASSIVE black one who looked very intimidating, but he was a giant teddy bear. I was so small (around 2-4 years old) and he was so big when I had him that I could ride him (I never did though). He was the biggest sweet heart but didn’t really understand his own strength. He knocked me over wagging his tail a couple times, but he always came over and made sure I was ok. I only ever saw him get aggressive once. I was about 4 years old and was in my back yard (lived in the country) and was playing with my dog. He started growling REALLY aggressively, and neither my mom nor myself knew why at first. We both thought he was going to attack me because he pushed me HARD and lunged past me, but we heard a LOUD squeal and it turned out there was a very territorial animal (I think it was a raccoon or opossum I can’t remember which) behind me who was about to attack, my dog saw it and got it first, didn’t kill it, but scared it enough to where it didn’t come back. I definitely want more German Shepherds when I have my own place, but I also want to train them to do cool (and practical) things.

    1. @Adrien Isaac Rubalcado It probably thought the dog was too close to his/her territory, or that it was in the way/ blocking a food source.

    2. As a kid I had a complete black German Shepard and his eyes were light green as a kid my parents threw a party and 6 people broke in he ended up leaving all 6 in critical condition I was only a kid and he had no training no one but me a five year old kid could touch his food bowl if not he would bite he was a good boy he is sadly deceased now he always protected me no one could get close to me without the dog snarling now I have a black tan shiba inu that’s fully trained to protect and attack he was a good boy his name was Chady after he died I actually got a new dog called Chady junior he was a German Shepard he was crazy but he loved me very much as a kid I always tried to ride chady and I succeeded he was so much bigger than me. He was born before me I first got him when I was four to five years old

  4. I’ve had dogs all my life (I’m old now) and little experience around the dogs at my local police station, but have watched from a distance. These dogs are amazing, as are their handlers. My father was military career, we lived abroad now and then, so I grew up more around sentry dogs (military dogs). It’s truly amazing what they do. Thank you for this video.

  5. Being a service dog handler it makes me so proud and very interested to see other types of working dogs

  6. Sadé With The Receipts

    OMGOODNESS THAT PROPOSAL WAS JUST PERFECT! AWESOME, FOR THEIR PROFESSION AND JUST THOUGHT OUT WELL WITH THEIR PET THERE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MOMENT 🙂 CONGRATS YOU 2. GORGEOUS COUPLE 🙂 I PRAY IT WORKS OUT FOR YOU BOTH. PUSH THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES, GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE WHEN NEEDED, TRY NOT TO TAKE IT OUT ON ONE ANOTHER AFTER A STRESSFUL OR TRAUMATIZING DAY AT WORK. AND YOU ALL WILL MAKE IT, COMMUNICATION IS KEY. IT’S CLICHE, YET TRUE. (EDIT) P.S. I JUST ADOPTED A GERMAN SHEPHERD ON JUNE 1ST, 2019, HE IS 3 MONTHS OLD AND AMAZINGLY SMART ALREADY.

  7. I’m severely allergic to dogs yet my dog is lying on the bed next to me. I take meds and often I build up a tolerance to them but a life without animals isn’t a life I’m prepared to live, so I just deal with it.

    1. Just like me man! It was hard for me to deal with when I was rescuing dogs from pounds in Sydney, but I couldn’t do without those dogs!

      After a while, you do build up some natural immunities.

  8. Just a word of advice: say the command once and wait for the dog to do the behavior that you want. Saying the command once teaches the dog to listen to the handler the first time and respond quicker! I hope that helps and keep up the great work!

    1. @Leonidas the dog If they don’t listen after a couple of seconds I say “uh-oh!” and they don’t get a treat. I then wait another couple of seconds and repeat the command. They cotton on that they’ll only get the treat after a correct response, so they naturally start choosing to listen the first time. After a bit, you can phase out the treats for the basic stuff and give treats only for several commands in a row or after a particularly difficult command (such as a successful “come” command when they’re in the middle of playing with another dog).

      There’s no need for “corrections” with this method, and it’s generally much more effective.

    2. Chelley D 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

      @Leonidas the dog I would start rewarding with a high value treat every time they do it on first command and not if they don’t, they’ll soon realise, I have a girl the same lol

    3. @Chelley D 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 true…first time gets treat…wait until the dog obeys…if it understands the command. ..then say yes with treat. If dog offers other actions say quick nope and offer hand prompt as a hint to assist.

    4. Да команда должна быть произнесена один раз, но вторая часть утверждения не верна … все предпосылки для незамедлительного выполнения команды должны быть созданы до подачи команды. Если команда даже в этом случае не выполняется сразу вы должны добиться её незамедлительного выполнения любым из существующих способов ( в том числе механическим). Особенно это важно для специальных собак (например полицейских…. !?!

  9. GodTheChaoticEvil Narcissist

    9:11 that’s his first time on an escalator? He handled that extremely well, i’m 100% impressed.

  10. Props to the officer! Working at night and keeping the city safe! We have 6 months old GSD.
    You train them, you play with them, they love you back! very loyal to you and your family!

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