How old are the dogs when they retire?

We do not retire a dog based upon a certain age. It depends on their health, but generally a Police Dog retires around 8 or 9 years old. We did have a dog successfully work past 10 years of age.

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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?