When it comes to event security, research shows that using dogs adds an extra deterrent. Dogs have a wide range of applications in the security sector and can significantly impact the safety of an event or location.
But some people don’t understand the different ways dogs can increase security or why canine security patrols are so helpful. So, here’s what you need to know.
Why dogs make good security animals
Dogs are often used by law enforcement and the military to aid in combat situations, yet their use in private and public security is much less frequent. But the same reasons the police and airport security use dogs could be why dogs make a big difference to your protective services.
Dogs offer much faster reaction times than humans meaning they can track, protect, alert and attack while security agents are still working out what happened. A dog’s reactions can be trained to become instinctive so they can assess a situation and react much more efficiently.
Furthermore, a dog’s loyalty to its owner and willingness to please mean it will always give 100% effort.
Of course, some breeds’ natural aggressiveness can help in potentially dangerous situations. The sharp teeth, strong jaw and intimidating claws of certain breeds make them ideal for use in the security sector. There are many situations in which warning growls from dogs are enough to prevent an incident. Should an offender try to flee, the dog’s speed will surely come in handy.
Roles for dogs in security
With so many benefits to working with security dogs, it’s no surprise security dogs have a range of roles. Here are some of the most common types of security dogs:
Detection dogs: Thanks to their incredible sense, security guards can use dogs to identify people with drugs, explosives or firearms. They can also track fleeing criminals. This can help prevent later incidents and identify threats.
Patrol dogs: Guard large premises and control crowds at events. These dogs can be threatening and bark warnings, alert intruders, help disarm criminals, and be a natural deterrent. They tend to be less aggressive than trained attack dogs.
Attack dogs: Attack dogs can be used in dangerous situations where conflict is likely. Attack dogs can help stop attacks, chase perpetrators and target specific individuals.
Training for different types of security dogs varies depending on the role. Tracking and detection dogs may have basic training in being aggressive, but they are generally much more docile. Attack dogs can be trained to alert and patrol but won’t be taught to detect drugs or explosives. So, it’s helpful to have several types of dogs available for total protection.
Working with security canines
Security dogs require continual training to ensure they are trained for regular use and are certified and protected against potential mistakes. Security dogs must always be handled by a professional canine handler who can give the correct commands and ensure the dog is healthy and well-trained. If you’re interested in using security dogs, make sure you use trained and accredited dogs with appropriate handlers and see for yourself what a difference they can make.