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In Training POLICE Dogs, Is it humane? Or Do they beat the Dog? (Just asked but I need to specify question)?

Question by xapryl: In Training POLICE Dogs, Is it humane? Or Do they beat the Dog? (Just asked but I need to specify question)?
My friend told me that they beat the dogs while in training for Service Police Dogs, is this true?

Well my boss bought this really expensive protection dog, it has been trained for 2 years professionally as a protection dog – its been trained like a police dog.

I saw him kick the dog once because it wasn’t paying attention to him. This wasn’t during a working session – this was just at his business office – so I made a comment to one of my co-workers… I told them if i saw him kick the dog once more im walking out the door.

Then my co-worker said “how do you think those dogs are trained?” they get beat on to make sure they dont let go when they are biting until the handler gives the “off” command – etc…

I beg to differ because i feel that if they beat dogs to train them – then the animal rights people would not allow them to train these dogs.
If you can please site a source
thanks so much for all your responses =) It has helped me confirm that I am not crazy to believe that was wrong of what he did

Best answer:

Answer by waffleage
i work at a police/fire station (here they’re together in one building) and we have police dogs – and they’re not trained like that, they’re trained physically but not meanly and most police dogs speak dutch!

that guy was probably just mean to his dog because he was frustrated – which isn’t right -you should bring it up to him next time and confront him.

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State lawsuits to dog insurance industry: competition and new regulations expected next year.(Year-end wrap up: insurance * education): An article from: Fairfield County Business Journal

State lawsuits to dog insurance industry: competition and new regulations expected next year.(Year-end wrap up: insurance * education): An article from: Fairfield County Business Journal

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Travis Harvey races to the finish line

Travis Harvey races to the finish line

Travis Harvey is faster than you. Whether he’s driving a Super Comp dragster on a quarter-mile track or a full-bodied Big Dog car on an eighth-mile strip, the 26-year-old drag racer known as “The Carolina Kid” will get to the finish line ridiculously quick. Think 0 to 200-plus mph in 6 seconds.

“Travis is the baddest freakin’ driver in the Carolinas. He’s just too nice to say so,” Herb McCandless Jr., general manager of Piedmont Dragway in Julian, says when introducing Harvey.

The Kid spent a rainy morning talking about straight-line racing with the News & Record’s Jeff Mills amid the bustle at the Race Tech Race Cars and Components shop in Burlington.

Q. What the heck is Big Dog racing?

A. Big Dog is just the name. It’s like what they have at Piedmont on the first Thursday of every month. It’s pro modified cars that run (the eighth-mile) at around 4.2 seconds and about 180 mph. It’s a real fast car.

Q. They call you “The Carolina Kid.” Where did that nickname come from?

A. When I started out, I didn’t want them to put my name on the side of the car. Ever since I was little, I’ve been a (University of North) Carolina sports fan. My racing helmet is painted up like a Carolina football helmet. So they put “The Carolina Kid” on the side of the car, and it just kind of stuck.

Q. How and when did you get your start in drag racing, and who were your idols?

A. I’ve been around drag racing all my life because my dad (Gary Harvey), he raced, and my uncle, he raced. My dad was racing since before I was around. When he quit, I decided to get in the seat, and I never got out of it. My uncle and my dad raced, so I guess you could say racing was in my blood. … My dad is probably the one I looked up to the most. Famous drag racers — you always look at Don Garlits and John Force. Ronnie Sox was the man around here everyone looked up to.

Q. Do you remember your first drag race?

A. It was a long time ago, and I don’t remember my first drag race. But I do remember my first time going down the race track. It was amazing. I was 14, and my dad was racing that day. I asked him if I could drive (his 1967 Camaro drag car). … I just made one run. I did the burnout, and everything went fine. I staged up and launched the car. It was just a crazy feeling I’d never felt before. I lifted out of it, and got back in the throttle and on-and-off with the gas. It was kind of scary, that first feeling, but I got used to it, and it’s fun. It’s awesome. There’s nothing like it.

Q. Away from the track, what do you drive in everyday life and what kind of driver are you?

A. I work for my parents’ business, doing ceramic tile and brick, so I drive a truck. I have a Camaro street car, but I never drive it. Most of the time when you see me, I’m in a Ford F-350 dualie driving around. I have road rage bad. If there’s somebody in front of me driving slow, I’ve got to get around them. They’ve got to get out of the way. I can’t stand it.

Q. This part of the country is known for NASCAR. Does it ever bother you that stock-car racing gets so much more attention than drag racing?

A. I just wish we could get the big sponsors like them guys get. They’re the top of the league right now, so you have to respect that. I don’t know if drag racing will ever get to be as big as
NASCAR. I watch it some, but I’m not really a fan. I don’t like driving in circles. That’s kind of boring to me. But the
NASCAR guys would say the same thing about us drag racers, “one time down the race track and you’re done.” … Take a look at the professionals at the highest levels, though. A Top Fuel (dragster) has got 8,000 horsepower compared to 800 horsepower for a (Sprint Cup car).

Q. How expensive is this sport?

A. It can be very, very expensive. We just sold a Big Dog car, the car we’d been driving. They came to pick it up this week. A new car, just a chassis like the Big Dog stuff we run … is between ,000 and 0,000. Then you’ve got to buy a motor for about ,000. Transmission is another 10 grand. When you’re all done building, you’ll have about 0,000 in the car. And that’s for Sportsman-type guys, not a professional Top Fuel car. … You don’t have to spend that much. One of the things I like about drag racing is anybody can get into it and can start out winning bracket races in a slow car. … But when you get into heads-up racing, whoever gets there first, you’ve got to have good sponsors and top-notch equipment to compete.

Q. Every once in a while you see a story about street racing. How dangerous is that compared to what happens at the track?

A. I was looking at something on TV the other night about street racing, and looking at that stuff, you realize it’s very dangerous. … I don’t think they should be doing that. You’re endangering other people’s lives. … A lot of people do it. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve done it before. It’s very dangerous, a lot scarier than drag racing at the track. You’re in between two walls at the drag strip, but anything could come out in front of you if you’re street racing.

Q. Even at the track, there’s a very real element of danger in your sport. Funny Car driver Eric Medlen was killed last year, and former champion Scott Kalitta was killed this summer. How do you cope with the danger?

A. You think about it every time you get on the race track, but I just feel like they build a great car here at Race Tech and if something happened I’d make it through the crash. The safety equipment and the stuff we wear now makes it pretty safe. I feel like I’m just as safe in the race car — maybe safer — than I am in my truck going down the highway. You always think about it, but I feel like I’ll make it through it. You never know for sure, but I’m not going to quit because somebody else crashed. My mom, she hates it because of the danger. But I can’t stop.

Q. Have you ever been really scared in the car before?

A. I’ve never really had a crash, but I’ve hit the wall before and scraped the car up. It actually didn’t scare me because it happened so fast. After it happens, that’s when you get scared. You start thinking, “Dang, I could’ve hurt myself.” Then getting back in the car the first time after it, you think about “Will it happen again?” That’s the only thing. Once you’re going down the track again, though, you really don’t have much time to think about being scared. And if you are thinking about that, that’s when something might happen because you’re not focused on what you need to be thinking about.

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How to Analyse Dog Food Ingredients

How to Analyse Dog Food Ingredients

To give your dog, or any pet for that matter, a good foundation for a healthy life it is essential to start with proper nutrtion. There are many really horrible, low quality, chemical laden dog foods on the market still today, even though we have become more aware and educated about what to look for when purchasing dog food.
Cheaper dog food brands are generally sold at your local grocery store, whereas the higher quality premium dog food brands are found in pet stores, or online at specialty pet stores.

Increasing your dog’s life span is easily achieved by feeding a properly balanced healthy organic dog food or high premium diet from puppy hood. An all natural healthy diet is as beneficial for your dog as it is for yourself. Improper or poor nutrition can cause diseases, allergies, obesity, and shortened life spans in your dogs.

There are many commercial grade dog food products available at the grocery store, and care must be taken when choosing one. After the recent pet food contamination scares and recalls because of toxicity and disgusting additives being found in the manufacturing process, many pet owners are becoming much more aware of what they feed their pet.

Here are a few general guidelines to follow when looking at the ingredients on a dog food bag:

Choose a food with high meat content. The first ingredient must be a specified meat. Another one or two meats or meat meal listed in the top 5 ingredients is a bonus, but not necessary. (Meat meal is meat with the moisture removed.)

If the same grain ingredient is used two or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, brewer’s rice”, “rice flour”, are all the same grain), this is not a well balanced, nutritious product. It is loaded with “filler” and made to look like it is healthy by separating the one ingredient into sub categories, but rice is rice so it should be listed once.

Using high quality grains has become the standard for the premium quality dog food manufacturers, such as barley, brown rice and oatmeal. If the grains are organic, then all the better. Wheat and corn are inferior and useless as a nutritional element in dog food, and used as filler only. Dogs are known to be highly allergic to wheat and corn.

If there are any by-products at all on the ingredient list, pass this dog food by.

There should not be any fillers.

Carcinogenic preservatives do not need to be used, and if they are don’t buy the product. (They will be listed as BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin.)

Artificial colorings are also cancer causing, and completely unnecessary. You’ll be surprised to see how many products still contain this dangerous ingredient. The dyes will be marked as such – e.g. Red, Blue and Yellow dyes.

No added sugars or corn syrup should be in the ingredient list.

The more organic ingredients listed, the better.

Added glucosamine, chondroitin, pro and prebiotics, flax seed oil, barley, oats or oatmeal, and sunflower oil, are a good thing.

Slowly baked, not extruded, retains the minerals, vitamins and essential goodness of the food.

Hormone free, antibiotic free, pesticide and herbicide free, chemical and preservative free would indicate a high quality premium organic dog food.

And finally, no mystery meats should be in the list. Mystery meat will be listed as simply meat or poultry, rather than chicken or venison. The mystery meat will probably be some horrible rotten road kill, old euthanized animals, and parts of animals that are not edible.

Although the higher quality food might seem more expensive initially, it will work itself out and become cheaper in the long run. The savings in vet bills alone over the life of your pet will pay for the food.

I use a lazy homemade dog food tactic of using a high end organic dog food, and add just a few ounces of poached chicken, or broiled venison every day. The best of both worlds is then achieved for my dogs.

Always be aware, educate yourself and know that the big business of dog food manufacturing is in it for the profit, not the health and welfare of our pets. That is up to us. Just do the absolute best you can for your pet and it will be returned with more doggie love, which is never a bad thing.

This dog food rating scale will help you determine if your dog food is nutrtionally acceptable, or possibly dangerous to your pet.
Try it here, it is enlightening!

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