K9's and Deputies train hours to develop the tight bond needed for working in the field
Deputies and K9s train for hours to develop an unbreakable bond. Whitfield County Deputy Todd Thompson and his dog Eddy put in more than 400 hours of official training each year to keep up two national certifications through North American Police Working Dog Association and United States Police Canine Association.
That's not including the training they do on their own each day.
"It's an everyday opportunity and you have to use it to your advantage," said Thompson
Even a walk through the airport is an opportunity to brush up on some skills.
"There's a huge crowd there and of course he's in muzzle but I took the opportunity to do obedience training with him in the airport. Make him sit, make him stay for extended periods of time," said Thompson.
But it's through training exercises like these and real life experiences that Thompson and Eddy developed a bond.
"It's a bond that takes awhile to establish but once it's established it's the ultimate bond," said Thompson.
He can tell when Eddy is too amped up.
"Just reach back and just politely say like I would to my child and I'll touch him and pet him, and not that I would pet my kid, and I'll say 'it's OK buddy, it's OK and I'll talk him down when he needs to be talked down and pumped up when he needs to be pumped up," said Thompson.
But Eddy has a job to do and that's catching criminals.
"That's what you train. That's what you want. You want a dog that will bite and stay on the bite, until you tell him to come off the bite," said Thompson.
And Eddy's bite isn't just like any pets bite.
"They bite and hold, they don't bite and come off," said Thompson. "They don't bite on the arm and usually end up on the leg or vice versa they usually bite and hold until they physically release the dogs because that's what they're trained to do."
When at home Eddy is just a normal dog and a part of the family.
"He knows when it's time to work and he knows when it's time to play, and he know when he's at work and he knows when he's at home," said Thompson.