During the next couple of weeks, we will see more of the area's public safety dogs in action. We'd like to dedicate this week's Sunday Dog feature to all of these canines and their human partners.
This beauty is one of the officers of the Massachusetts State Police Force in a photo from their Facebook Page. While at ease in this photo, these dogs are very serious when they are on the job.
Tips for Interacting with Public Safety Dogs
First and foremost, understand that this is not a pet and that the dog and the handler may have important tasks to perform. Even if it looks like they are just standing around, don’t distract them.
Should the handler acknowledge you, don’t approach without specific permission.
Never approach a K-9 team from the rear. Make a wide circle around them, stay calm and relaxed, and don’t make any quick movements. These dogs are protective of their partners.
You should not touch or offer a treat to a working K-9 without specific permission from his or her teammate.
Always follow the handler’s instructions. These teams are there to protect you and others and to keep the situation under control. They may have information that you lack, so show respect and do as the officer asks.
These teams will be on duty trying to keep Boston safe during this busy spring event season. Let's hope no one makes more work for them.
Words: Penny Cherubino
Photography: Courtesy of Massachusetts State Police