Cop is retired after showing complete lack of interest in fighting crime.


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jsalcedo
October 18, 2005, 12:33 PM
Buster the cop dog refuses to bust anybody
German shepherd more lover than fighter retired from police force


Updated: 4:13 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2005
ROTHERHAM, England - Buster the German shepherd could have had a great career as a British police dog had it not been for one flaw: His complete lack of interest in fighting crime.

The canine cop took early retirement after bosses at South Yorkshire Police noted his poor motivation — and a fondness for making friends with rowdy drunkards, his former handler said Monday.

Buster, who spent some six months on the beat, has been placed with a family in Sheffield, near this town in northern England, Police Constable David Stephenson said.

"He has a lack of drive and motivation when asked to do operational work," Stephenson told The Associated Press. "He's just a lovely pet."

Two-year-old Buster performed well at the start of his 14-week training program, but his work gradually deteriorated and the problem worsened once he started patrolling the streets, he said.

Buster’s priorities
On one occasion, Buster walked straight past a suspected criminal hiding in the garden of a house late at night and went off to cock his leg.

"I searched the garden myself and found the bloke. The dog had walked past the spot where I found him," Stephenson said. "You would have expected him to use his nose to locate him."

During a separate tracking operation, also in the early hours of the morning, Buster gave up while in mid-chase across a golf course. "He just downed tools," Stephenson said. "He just lay down and there was nothing we could do. He has got a very low drive for finding people."

‘No fire in his belly’
When patrolling Rotherham at pub closing times — when the streets are often crowded with drunken revelers — Buster wagged his tail when people came up to him and ate their fries, instead of deterring potential trouble makers, his former handler said.

"He just showed no interest in doing the job," Stephenson added. "He had no fire in his belly."

South Yorkshire Police employs some 50 German shepherds for tracking criminals, searching buildings and helping maintain public order at soccer matches and other events.

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Oshiverdecker
October 18, 2005, 12:40 PM
The last titled K-9 I bought was in excess of $7500. This is a common problem if someone finds a pretty shepherd at the pound or a puppy mill and then trys to make a police dog out of a pet.
American AKC dogs have had all the drives that make them useful to the police bred out of them, (because the are distructive as pets). Now most dogs come out of the KMPV (Dutch) or Easten Europe. What a sad waste of time, it just frustrates the dog and handler to train a dog with no drives.

Preacherman
October 18, 2005, 12:47 PM
I recall that at one time in South Africa, back in the 1980's IIRC, a gang would target high-value houses, etc., and bring along a couple of female dogs in heat. The guard dogs would be successfully distracted, no matter what their level of training, and the thieves would take what they wanted and be on their way in a matter of minutes, while the dogs fought over who would get first crack at the female(s). Took the cops a while to figure out what was happening... it eventually came to light when security cameras captured the "action", so to speak.

:D

El Tejon
October 18, 2005, 01:19 PM
I remember seeing the "German Shepards" that the Security Service uses. They looked like lean, angry wolves compared to the animals I see as pets here in suburbia!:uhoh:

Nathaniel Firethorn
October 18, 2005, 01:23 PM
When patrolling Rotherham at pub closing times — when the streets are often crowded with drunken revelers — Buster wagged his tail when people came up to him and ate their fries, instead of deterring potential trouble makers, his former handler said.Heck, Buster was just applying Verbal Judo. If the drunks are petting the dog and feeding him fries, they're not busting each others' heads. :D

- NF

TallPine
October 18, 2005, 01:36 PM
Cool! A libertarian dog :D

AirForceShooter
October 18, 2005, 02:21 PM
lovable trumps stupid every time.
Good doggy

AFS

CentralTexas
October 18, 2005, 03:08 PM
Seems he would rather lick criminals that prosecute them! ;)
CT

AZ Jeff
October 18, 2005, 04:18 PM
I recall that at one time in South Africa, back in the 1980's IIRC, a gang would target high-value houses, etc., and bring along a couple of female dogs in heat. The guard dogs would be successfully distracted, no matter what their level of training, and the thieves would take what they wanted and be on their way in a matter of minutes, while the dogs fought over who would get first crack at the female(s). Took the cops a while to figure out what was happening... it eventually came to light when security cameras captured the "action", so to speak.

:D
How would that work if the guard dog was female? I know that the male dogs tend to be bigger, more aggressive, etc, but an 70lb female Shepherd can still be intimidating when riled up.

Preacherman
October 18, 2005, 04:46 PM
I dunno, Jeff... any statistics out there on the lesbian tendencies of female guard dogs? :D

Nathaniel Firethorn
October 18, 2005, 04:49 PM
I dunno, Jeff... any statistics out there on the lesbian tendencies of female guard dogs? :DOffhand, I'd say that finding any such stats would be a bitch. :D

- NF

AZ Jeff
October 18, 2005, 04:49 PM
I dunno, Jeff... any statistics out there on the lesbian tendencies of female guard dogs? :D
Sounds like a good research project for those wackos over at "NOW".........

The_Antibubba
October 19, 2005, 04:54 AM
Any truth to the rumor that Buster will be running for Parliament on the Labour ticket? :p

Cosmoline
October 19, 2005, 06:07 AM
How would that work if the guard dog was female? I know that the male dogs tend to be bigger, more aggressive, etc, but an 70lb female Shepherd can still be intimidating when riled up.

I've been around many working line GSD's over the past few years, and by far the most lethal and serious have been the females. The males put on a good show, but even the best trained will likely be distracted by two things--a rival intact male giving him stink eye or a bitch in heat. Training goes out the window. The need to reproduce is for them far more important than life itself.

The females have no such weakness, and tend to be quieter and more agile.

I've got this big fellow visiting me now on R&R:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b52/Gussick/MonkeyDog.jpg

He's a demon in a fight, but he has also been known to sleep through trouble.

Joejojoba111
October 19, 2005, 06:33 AM
"any statistics out there on the lesbian tendencies of female guard dogs?"

There is a documented case of homo-sexual necrophelia among ducks.

jsalcedo
October 19, 2005, 08:19 AM
There is a documented case of homo-sexual necrophelia among ducks.


I'll keep that in mind when choosing my attack ducks.

Preacherman
October 19, 2005, 09:03 AM
There is a documented case of homo-sexual necrophelia among ducks.

Boy - talk about fowl play! Not a poultry offence, by any means...

:neener:

VARifleman
October 19, 2005, 09:07 AM
Boy - talk about fowl play! Not a poultry offence, by any means...

:neener:
Ow....just....Oww...it burns!

Waitone
October 19, 2005, 09:59 AM
I gotta read further before I go and get excited. For a fleeting moment there I thought Charlotte just fired the Chief of Police. Nuts! :confused:

Nathaniel Firethorn
October 19, 2005, 11:22 AM
I'd say something about sadonecrobestiality, but that would be beating a dead horse.

- NF

Oldtimer
October 19, 2005, 11:59 AM
Sounds more like a TRAINING issue to me! Many K-9 handlers tend to get "soft" with their dogs, and allow them to become too familiar with "strangers".
The handler NEEDS to be the "master", and use proper "rewards" and "discipline" while remaining firm. By allowing too many "good guys" to come into contact with the dog takes away some of the "master" status of respect from the handler.

Explosive-sniffing dogs are a completely different story, but the "reward" and "discipline" aspect of training is still a necessity. Most bomb dogs are downright LOVEABLE little pooches, but the "attack" type of dogs require the "ONE master-only" training.

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