“A lot of the time it's how the dog feels that day,” he said.
Today's focus is on the bite work, when dogs get to take down pretend suspects. When the suspect runs, the dog has to be able to stay until the command is given to run.
The dog also has to be able to turn around halfway to the suspect and return to the handler if asked to do so. And after taking down the suspect, the dog needs to be able to be called off so the suspect can be patted down.
The only time the dog doesn't wait for a command before attacking is when the handler is being assaulted, Jennings said.
“These are the only weapons that can be recalled,” he said.