German shepherds are a well-loved breed of dog for a good reason. They make great house pets, known for their loyalty to their owners but they also respond very well to training. Police forces around the world use them because they can be trained to perform many tasks, such as sniffing out drugs. They are incredibly vigilant, making them good partners to have in the world of crime.
Viral YouTube video
A YouTube video that went viral showed just how well a German Shepherd could be trained. In the video, we see a police officer, his dog, and a police car in the distance. The police officer does not issue a single command but simply points his finger at the car. When the dog reaches the back door of the police vehicle, he grips the car door and opens it all by himself with his mouth. If that’s not enough, once he’s in the vehicle, he closes the door behind him!
One of the world’s most recognized breeds
Part of the renown of this breed comes from a small puppy taken home to Los Angeles by Corporal Lee Duncan after finding it in a bullet-ridden kennel in France in World War I. He trained the puppy and turned into a famous showbiz dog. Rin Tin Tin appeared in hundreds of movies and received 10,000 fan letters a week at the peak of his career.
German Shepherds will often even risk their own lives to save their owner’s lives when they are at risk. Milena, a four-year-old went wandering from her home and jumped into a neighbors swimming pool. Sasha, a German Shepherd, followed the girl and barked, cried and whined to attract attention. When no-one responded, he jumped into the pool and held her up so she could breathe, until she was rescued.
A Bridgeport police dog was hailed as a hero last year after he helped to save the life of an officer. The incident started with a traffic stop and ended when a police dog, Trace, helped to disarm a dangerous gunman.
An occupant of a car that was stopped was in possession of a 9mm handgun and was about to use it when an officer jumped on top of him. He was grabbing for his weapon during the struggle when Trace, a 7-year old German Shepherd who is almost ready for retirement, came to the rescue.
Ability to do whatever you train them to do
German Shepherds excel at many tasks – helping to guide and assist the handicapped, serving in the police and military, search and rescue, competitive obedience, drug detection. They were the search and rescue dogs that crawled about in the ruins of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack of 9/11. They looked for survivors and comforted families.
These dogs are not for everyone because they are high energy and need plenty of activity or they become bored. Keep him busy learning, playing and exercising and he will be very happy.