States Secret Service K9 Unit
Types of jobs the dogs perform?:
A. Dogs specialize in explosives detection. They are
not cross trained for any other purpose.
Breeds; size; type of dogs used?:
A. Belgian Malinois, Dutch and German Shepard's.
There is no distinction, in the choice of breeds. Each
dog is chosen based on his/her capabilities and suitability
to the job.
Are the dogs bred for the job or rescued?:
Dogs are obtained through a professional working dog
breeding program, located overseas. No rescues are used.
Are the dogs fostered before being trained (e.g.: puppies)?:
A. The Secret Service does not accept any puppies
into the Program.
What is the final disposition of the dogs after being
A. Dogs remain with the handler's family
after it he/she is retired.
How long has this Program been in existence?:
The Secret Service K-9 Program was established
puppies are part of Program, are foster homes needed
A. N/A. The Agency uses only full-grown, young,
Is there anything the public can do to assist this Program?:
A. Donations of time or money are not required
nor can they be accepted. The Program is fully funded
by the Federal government.
when in an area where these dogs are present, please
allow them to do their job. Be aware of them and do
not approach them or obstruct them in any way. They
are performing a vital job and should not be distracted,
even by a animal lover's well-intended pat on
the head, at any time.
Q. Is there a web site with more info?:
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