12.27.12 Two Dogs At Every School Door

27 Dec

guard dogsAfter so  much sadness and confusion over the loss of innocent lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, the country has gone crazy coming up with ideas to try and make the schools and the malls and the movie theaters safer.  They have talked about gun control, giving teachers guns, taking guns away, banning assault rifles… and on and on and on.  The sad thing is that even if the there was a police officer in that school, he/she could have been on the other end of the building when this incident went down.  They say that he murdered the children in minutes.  So…. here is my thought on what to do: 

We are watching, so be warned!!

We are watching, so be warned!!

I think that we should redeploy our Military Working Dogs (send a note to your Senator to pass the Canine Members of Armed Forces Act) at every school in the country.  A dog has an incredible sense of smell and hearing. They could pick up a suspicious sound way before an alarm system could.  They can move faster than any human.  They can alert a whole building or neighborhood quickly.  And, what if the dogs were trained to smell gun powder, or whatever it is that guns smell of?  If there were 2 working dogs at the entrance to the school, even if the crazy person shoot one dog, the other dog would chew his arm off before he could get another shot off.  And what if the second dog was trained to smell drugs of certain types.  Then anyone coming into the school zone with drugs would be detected.  This would ensure the true meaning of ‘A Drug Free School Zone.’  Ok, so I don’t have all the details worked out — like who takes the dogs home at night and who pays for the vet bills?  But, I sure would feel safer if I know that every school had a canine presence to detect and detain any human with suspicion of guns or drugs. 

guard dog 2Now I need your thoughts on this.  I am not an animal trainer nor a police or military dog handler.  Is it plausible? Possible?  I will start this business tomorrow if it makes sense, but I am not trained in these things.  Are you?  Who can help me?  Would you feel safer if you knew that there were protection dogs at school with your kids all day? 

People have told me that I should send this idea to the President.  I am not sure though.  I think there are a lot of details we need to work out first.  But, I know that we don’t always leverage the simpler solution.  I do not believe, at this point in our history, that we will be able to disarm all the crazy people, but at least we can have a simple, smart solution at every school to protect the kids and teachers.

Please, tell me what you think? 

(Note:  (1) The pictures not of my dogs came from internet images of Guard Dogs, I do not own the rights to them.  (2) Please, do not steal my idea and go make money off of it.  That is not what this is about and by stating it here, it is my idea and I want to set up a non-profit to make this happen, if viable. (I’m sorry I just felt I needed to say that.))

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20 responses to “12.27.12 Two Dogs At Every School Door

  1. bumpyroadtobubba

    December 27, 2012 at 02:45

    I thought about your idea in a micro sense. And you’re right. If someone came near Bubba, there’s no way they’d get past both Bella and Beary. I just fear for the safety of the dogs!

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 08:56

      It is true that the dogs would be the front line. That is said, but better than Bubba being the first hit. Once my sweet dog Nikki and I were in the garden. V was pulling long weeds in the grass when a warren of yellow jackets was awakened. Nikki got in front of me and took the bulk of the stings before they got to me. We were both fine (but hurt). Dogs are incredible.

      • bumpyroadtobubba

        December 27, 2012 at 16:17

        They are. Bella has saved me a couple of times in situations where, without her, would have been not nice at all. Thankfully Beary hasn’t had to!

  2. angelswhisper2011

    December 27, 2012 at 03:12

    Dogdaz, this is a great idea and I don’t know why the government didn’t came up with it yet. Dogs are capable to smell harm from a distance, as you already said.
    My sweet dog, she’s in heaven now, warned me twice from strange guys, who were walking on the other side of the road, and probable have done me harm, when she didn’t growl and barked at them. She was usually everybody’s friend, so this was a very strange reaction.
    Maybe a dog in companion with a guard? I’ve seen this before in serveral parking places in Germany and Belgium.

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 08:53

      We would definitely need to figure out how the handler would work. But a guard and a handler, is a lot more powerful than just a human alone. Glad you sweet dog was there for you and that you listened to her.

  3. mythreemoggies

    December 27, 2012 at 05:15

    Wow that is one amazing idea xxx

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 08:51

      Thanks kitties. Maybe attack cats would work.

  4. Genevieve Petrillo

    December 27, 2012 at 05:57

    I don’t know how military dogs work. I think there’d have to be a person with them – a trainer or handler or something. Either way, I’m afraid it would be too easy to hurt the dogs.

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 08:50

      Yes, the dogs would need a human handler to set them up and release them. The idea would be that they would be trained to sniff out potential danger around the perimeter. They are not attack dogs, they are scent dogs. Their role would be to detain until the human would release the them. Yes, the potential for them getting hurt is there. But better to sacrifice one brave soul for 27, I think.

  5. Doggy's Style

    December 27, 2012 at 06:46

    That’s an amazing idea, however, out people up there don’t think the way we do. For the solution is sometimes worse than the problem itself. All that idea of arming teachers is plain crazy talk, police at school doors, more crazy talk, they want us to live under martial laws, we would feel like prisoners in our own country/house, just look at the airports, safe is not how I feel when I’m there, I feel observed and treated always like a suspect.

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 08:48

      It is a fine line and we in the United States have been very lucky to live in a place where the military presence is minimally observed by the people, even though it is there covertly. The idea of the dogs is not assist in keeping our children safe without the overt effect of an armed person at every door. That won’t keep them safe anyway, I don’t think.

  6. Lynn Delage

    December 27, 2012 at 10:52

    I would feel better about having trained dogs at the door rather than arming the teachers, which I consider one of the worst ideas they have come up with.

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 11:04

      Absolutely agree. I want teachers to focus and be specialists in learning, not how to shot someone.

  7. Jessica

    December 27, 2012 at 21:11

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS IDEA!! Either retired Military Working Dogs can be utilized or (once the funding can be organized) the right dogs can be adopted and trained to perform this task. I wonder where our police dogs live when not on the job? Maybe our future school guard dogs can live and be taken care of the same way our police dogs are.

    • dogdaz

      December 27, 2012 at 21:38

      Thanks for your support. The police dogs go home with their handlers, and usually, when they are to old to work, became family pets. I am thinking that the school dogs either handled by selective teachers or school personnel and go home with them, or the local school dog franchise comes and gets them at the end of the day. – DogDaz

  8. heyitsjethere

    December 27, 2012 at 22:33

    Hey Dog Daz Zoo, Jet here.

    What an interesting concept… we here at Casa Jet shall ponder this idea… two thoughts that immediately enter Mom’s legal mind… 1. What about liability if the K9s made an error. 2. What about allergy issues?

    • dogdaz

      December 28, 2012 at 07:52

      Please do ponder, that is why I put it out there. I agree with your 2 concerns: (1) Liability is always an issue and just like in any situation where there are dogs being used on the premises, signs would need to be posted, etc. If they smell guns or drugs they will detain until released, but they are not there to harm (unless the other is harmed). Not even sure you can teach a sniffing dog to do harm. Seems against the programming. (2) I thought about allergies (since I am allergic to a lot and my daughter was actually allergic to dogs when she was little). My thought on this is that they are outside the school (where millions of dogs are walked every day). Usually it is direct contact that triggers the problem and these dogs are not there to be pet or even touched unless instructed. Hummm,,,, please think on it. Thanks Jet. Maybe it is just to difficult to pull off, but I liked the idea.

  9. Einstein's Human

    January 11, 2013 at 23:43

    Amazing. I found this blog after some teacher colleagues and I brainstormed safety measures. I could write a dissertation here about what we are doing to ensure the safety of our dearest assets, the children we are privledged to teach, but we all know that it is not enough. That said, the thought of using dogs as a first alarm would be huge. Our current lock-down procedures depend on a cognizant adult knowing of the danger and announcing the alarm on the PA system. There is only one PA microphone in most schools. Dogs, on the other hand, could sound the alarm nearest to the source of trouble, passing the signal on to other K9s further afield. We could then lock down more quickly with the added benefit of detaining the intruder. As a teacher, I’d happily attend dog handling classes at my own expense in order to facilitate implementation. I will NEVER work in a school that arms educators.

    • dogdaz

      January 12, 2013 at 07:59

      Thank you so much for writing, your support of the idea, and for being a teacher.

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