Did you know you can adopt a perfectly trained dog? Like a K9 unit retiree? Even in Singapore?
I didn’t know, until I met one, an ex-sniffer.
That’s when I found out they do put retired police dogs up for adoptions. I was wondering about that before.
In the US, these dogs often stay with their handlers because of the relationship they have built up. Unfortunately, because most people live in HDBs here, this isn’t possible. I think that ex-police dogs should be an exception. Don’t you? After all, they contributed to the safety of Singapore’s residents. They deserve a loving and comfortable home to enjoy life, after all those years of dedicated work. Like the poster says, “so they can retire with pride and dignity”.
The Home Team News ran a story back in February 2012 about the adoption drive for 10 retired dogs – 7 Shepherds, 2 Labs, and a Springer Spaniel. From speaking with the adopters I met, the Springer Spaniel is the only one not obedience-trained, because he was a sniffer dog. They’ve certainly done a good job, considering the Springer was apparently completely out of control, having never lived in a home and still likes to sniff EVERYTHING. He was a real sweetheart, very friendly. He is nearly ten and is springy (haha couldn’t resist) and I’m THRILLED he found a loving home. Every dog deserves one.
I’m not sure if the other dogs are still available for adoption.
When Chips the spaniel was adopted, others were still waiting for a home. Most of them are between 6 – 8 years old, according to the Home Team News story. Shepherds and labs can live to 13 – 15 years so 8 is a good age. They tend to be more settled and mellow. The best part? They are already trained. I obviously haven’t met these dogs so I don’t know their level of obedience. But I do know that police dogs cannot be aggressive, especially towards people and they are highly trained and highly intelligent.
I myself adopted a 7 year old Goldie and the experience has been amazing! She was already toilet trained and had some basic commands. She is sweet and loves people. She transitioned very easily and it’s a joy to have her with us. Adopting an older dog sure has its advantages!
As with any adoption, patience and understanding is a must, even with a trained dog. K9 unit dogs usually live in kennels and they will need to adjust to living in a home, learning your rules of the house, etc. But dogs are so adaptable that with some time, before you know it, your new dog will have become part of the family.
For more information you can contact the K9 unit at 6314 6035.