DATE 10 / 24 / 2019
Have you ever wondered what happens when it’s time for a working dog to retire? The United States Military employs hundreds of dogs every year. These dogs, some of the smartest K-9s in the entire world, are intensely trained in a multitude of disciplines, but just like any of us, these amazing soldiers eventually grow old and begin to lose a step. After their service ends, many ex-military dogs are lucky enough to retire with their handler or a member of the military whom they were previously very close with. However, many whose handlers are not able to bring them home are now spending their twilight years with non-military families after a carefully considered adoption process.
There are a few criteria required in order to adopt a retired military dog. Although the standards are relatively high, it’s in everyone’s best interest. These are working dogs who need a home that can accommodate the special energy level and skills that have been hard-wired into their new pet’s previous daily activities. For instance, the recipient of one of these dogs must have an outdoor fence that is at least 6 feet tall, and may not have any children under the age of 5. Altogether, the process of adopting a retired military dog can take up to 2 years to ensure both the dog and the family are getting a proper fit. Civilian law enforcement are the first choice for these retiring dogs, which allows them to maintain their duties to a slightly lesser degree. Second in line after law enforcement are previous military handlers, followed finally by the general public.
Those lucky enough to adopt a retired military dog are getting themselves a very well behaved companion. These heroic pups have been through a minimum of 4-7 months of discipline drills and education just to pass their “basic training” before they even begin to be coached in their specific craft. There are a handful of positions that K-9 service dogs are trained for, each with a specific and intense training process to earn a position in the field. Below are a few disciplines that your newly acquired retired military dog might have mastered.
These dogs up for adoption have worked most of their lives, and are ready to spend their twilight years with a loving family. The criteria to adopt one of these dogs may seem high, but the rules are in place simply because these dogs deserve it. After working a lifetime in the military, it only seems fitting that their future home and families are of the highest standard. If you or a friend are interested in adopting a military dog, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire further!
The Lilly Brush Team