The working life of a police canine is approximately seven to nine years.
The initial purchase of the dog can vary and be costly. It can include the training the canine receives, prior to being selected by a handler. With most K-9 teams, there is additional training for handler and canine as a team, which varies from 6 to 14 weeks.
Other associated costs for the canines include food and veterinary costs for the care and health of the dog, as well as the cost and installation of an outdoor kennel for the dog.
Other costs to consider are the cost of the bullet proof vest, a heat alarm, along with the possible conversion of a patrol vehicle. Additional costs include training equipment such as aggression sleeves, blank ammo, leashes, tracking harness, collars, muzzle, etc.
Your contribution will greatly help to alleviate the costs of acquiring highly-trained K9 dogs. Please consider donating to the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation today.