How old are the dogs when they start training?

Dogs are carefully screened and tested before they begin training. The dogs need to have the appropriate drive for Police work. They must also be environmentally sound and mature to deal with the pressures of training. We also want the dog to be fully developed so we can get a good x-ray of the hips and elbows. In order to properly test a dog we like the dogs to be about 18 months to 3 years old.

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1. What kind of dogs do you use?
2. Who trains the dogs?
3. Do the dogs live with their handlers?
4. How old are the dogs when they start training?
5. How old are the dogs when they retire?
6. Where do they go when they retire?
7. How long are the dogs trained?
8. How do officers get selected to become canine handlers?
9. Where does Winston-Salem Police Department get their dogs from?
10. How much do the dogs cost?
11. Who pays for the care of the dogs?
12. Are the dogs safe when left in their patrol cars while the handler isn't there?
13. How is a dog able to smell so well?
14. Is hurting a Police Dog the same as hurting a Police Officer?