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No, they are trained to follow the command of their master, (the handler). They are very loving and you can ask the handler permission to pet them.
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As often as they are able to but they are required to train at least once a week.
The training begins when the canine is a puppy and it usually takes up to a year, when they are considered an adult canine, to be fully trained.
Our canines are often German Shepard or Belgian Malinois and are sometimes donated by citizens and/ business owners or purchased directly by the Department.
The K-9 handler has the option of keeping the canine as a pet or finding another good home for the canine.