THE BACK STORY

On January 17th, 2019 FUR COURAGE: Police K9 Units of Oakland County premiered. The goal was to demonstrate a few of the skills and abilities of highly-trained police dogs. The response we received was incredible.

We filmed in fewer than three days, didn’t have the time or the budget to include additional departments and, because of the short production time, we were only able to record visual content – no interviews. We learned a LOT about police dogs that we didn’t have the time or budget to include.

A NEW PROJECT BEGINS

Since the premiere of FUR COURAGE, we’ve been working on a followup project. On Monday, March 11th, 2019 we officially began production. The goal is to produce a 10-part documentary series exploring the world of police K9s.

It’s called Under The Vest.

During our production we’ll be looking at the training process, the bond between K9s and their human partners, what life is like at home, how K9s benefit their communities, why certain breeds are popular for law enforcement, how dogs think and learn, and what it takes for a dog to become a police K9.

We’re interviewing K9 handlers, trainers, specialists, and community members. We’ll be attending training and certification events, as well as joining demonstrations and community outreach programs.

As we capture a behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating world, we’ll be sharing our experiences with you on both our website and social media. (You can follow along with the series production on our Facebook page).

DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT

We’re reaching new communities every week and the project is growing beyond what we could have hoped. While we’re making new connections each day, these are the departments we are currently working with:

  • Michigan State Police
  • Macomb County, MI
  • West Bloomfield, MI
  • Wayne State University, MI
  • Waterford, MI
  • Oak Park, MI
  • Rochester, MI
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • Southfield, MI
  • Hazel Park, MI
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Shelby Township, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Bloomfield Township, MI
  • Centerline, MI
  • Novi, MI
  • Marysville, MI
  • Dayton International Airport, OH (via TSA & DHS)

WHAT’S THERE TO LEARN?

Misconceptions can be pervasive when it comes to police working dogs. Our goal is not just to address these, but to find the answers to questions that are rarely even asked. While we’re learning more in every interview and with everyday of filming, we’ve started to craft a framework for our topics and episodes.

Episode 1

  • History of police dogs
  • Why would a department choose to have a police dog
  • What is a police dog
  • What are their skill sets

Episode 2

  • Breeds
  • Genetics
  • Difference B/T a police dog and a house dog.
  • Pairing handler and dog
  • Bonding

Episode 3

  • How dogs think and learn
  • Training processes
  • Working as a team

Episode 4

  • Skill Sets Pt 1
    • Narcotics detection
    • Explosives detection
    • Arson Detection
    • Cadaver Detection
    • Electronics detection

Episode 5

  • Skill Sets Pt 2
    • Article Search
    • Area Search
    • Tracking / Trailing
    • Apprehension
    • Community engagement and benefits

Episode 6

  • How does a dog interact with a community / day in the life.
  • Certifications
  • Maintenance training
  • Tool VS officer
  • Legal
  • The politics of K9

Episode 7

  • K9 Health care
  • Medical needs
  • Dietary needs
  • Protective gear and training equipment

Episode 8

  • Personality
  • Life at home
  • Bond with their handler
  • Common misconceptions

Episode 9

  • End of duty
  • Retirement
  • Death
  • Internment/memorial

 


If you are a part of the K9 community or are just looking to connect, please email us at Info@LifeworkProductions.com