K-9 Training Starts Early!

Most dogs on K-9 units that we see are big, furry German Shepherds.  But the training starts very early!

A tiny shepherd named Tuco is starting his training for the Boston Police Department.  The picture of him trying on a too-big bulletproof vest has gone viral.  The pup is only nine weeks old, which is why is drowning in the vest!

Troy Caisey, who is training little Tuco, typically only begins training dogs when they are 14 to 16 months old.  Tuco, however, came to them earlier and can get a head-start on his training!  It will take Tuco about four to six months to be fully trained for police work, though it might be even longer until he can fit in that vest.

The Vest-a-Dog organization, who put out the picture, works to raise money to buy protective vests for the police dogs that will help keep them safe.  The organization put out the picture to raise awareness of the calendars they are selling of other K-9 dogs to raise more money for protective vests.


Jenna Gomes
Jenna Gomes


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