Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Little Morning Confusion

      About 9:30 this morning the Micro Manager frantically called me to the back of the house. Well, I was stretching and on my back so I don't get up very fast. By the time I got to the back of the house what she was anxious about had disappeared down the street.

     Now what the Micro Manager was in a tizz about, was some guy running in the alley and tight up against the fence. She thought this looked very suspicious and that it was some felon running from his recent job. We saw him again about seven houses down the close. Then he crossed the road into the center of the close and ran across. 

    Well, it didn't take me very many seconds to tell the Micro Manager that the RCMP were out training their dogs. She was very doubtful and far from satisfied with my explanation. Just then two officers came up the alley with a dog that was following close to the fence. I was saved by the action.

    The dog got  down to where the suspect crossed the road and went across the Close. The dog became confused and frustrated at that point and they stopped the session rather than stress the dog.

    Now 20 minutes later, when I left the house the officers were going through my neighbor's back yard with another dog. They crossed my front yard and went that-a-way. Usually when the dog finds the suspect they go nuts and attack. The guy being pursued has a large padding up his arm that  they let the dog attack. The dog is then rewarded for finding the suspect.

    We are about 30 km (18 m) from the main RCMP dog training facility. Quite often they come into the city to train the dogs in an urban setting. The dogs have to concentrate in the city as there are many other scents to sidetrack the dog. So once in awhile I see a truck with a special kennel built  on the back that holds six dogs. The game is to send a suspect out to set up a trail. Give the dog the scent and let the dog follow the scent. Most days the dog finds the suspect. This is the first time I saw a dog fail.

     Now with all this going on did I get a photo ? No. I should ask them to phone me the next time so I can be ready with my camera.



    

33 comments:

  1. A little excitement to start the day!

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  2. Interesting that you knew what was going on. Obviously you have experienced this before.

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    1. They are in our subdivision quite often.

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  3. That would have made me wonder too, you are pretty smart to have it all figured out Red! :)

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    1. I'd seen it many times before.

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  4. Always interesting to watch how they train the dogs.I saw a demontration of the police dogs lately and they are very fierce to catch a person.

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    1. It's interesting but I could never do it.

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  5. Pretty funny, but unusual to be using public streets.

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    1. I think these dogs are about ready to go when they put them on the street.

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  6. Having the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), we very rarely see the RCMP.

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    1. Yes the province contracts the RCMP. Our city of 100000, also contracts the RCMP.

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  7. I can see why she would have b)een suspicious of such activity. How cool is it to be so close to the training center and see this? You told the story well enough I didn't need a picture, Red. :-

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    1. They quite often do presentations in town about the dog section of the forces.

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  8. I wrote something and it flew into mid air. So here I am in again.
    That was some excitement. Poor wife. I think I would of thought the same. I mean when we see a police and a dog. What would one think?

    I had a similar experience at other house. I had a dog who was a Hunting dog. He ran up to me at my garden. He was panting and he had the strange looking gear on him. With like an itenans attached on his body. He stood before me and stared. I with him meeting his stare with mine. I tell you. I was shaking like a leaf. I never knew the Hunters get them all wired up like that as if they are on the battle field. Your wife would of either had a mild attack or froze on the spot like I did. Have you ever seen a hunter dog like this. It is sort of strange. Yet the guy yelled. Jake Get Back Here. I guess they are aloud to run a big length of racial on peoples property as well. I find out it was bear season. My goodness. BEAR! He may have thought I was a bear. Tore me apart.

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    1. I do not like unfriendly dogs.

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  9. Very interesting. I'd never given a second's thought to how dogs learn to track and search in urban areas. This all makes sense, I've just never been exposed to such training. Interesting.

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    1. I see them half a dozen times a year. Sometimes they are waiting and I visit with them.

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  10. I don't imagine they want you photographing them! The Kingston Police have a video. I wrote about them, snapped photos in Gravenhurst!

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    1. I never thought that it would not be a good idea to photograph these guys. the next time I talk to them I'll ask.

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  11. That's quite some excitement to get the day going!

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    1. They're fun to watch. I always cheer for the dog.

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  12. My wife works for our police department and I love watching the canine officers doing their thing.

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    1. You really have to know how to train a dog and then work with it.

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  13. That is a fun story. What you think you see and what your really are seeing are definitely not the same. We had bad boys who walked in to our neighbors house, middle of the night, took the keys of the car and drove off while they were sleeping. Our border collie alerted us but we didn't see what he saw. I can see how the dogs would have to be trained to do all the behaviors that is expected of them.

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    1. Dogs know what is going on long before we catch on.

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  14. What an interesting and exciting sighting! I've never seen - and probably never will - something like that!

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    1. They open the training area a couple times of year for people to watch the training.

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  15. Years ago I was standing in a school building discussing the madness of whoever decided to put a white floor in an art-room when a door was flung open, a man rush through it and out the door on the far side, leaving muddy footprints. Seems strange that we were more concerned with the footprints than who he was. Seconds later the door was flung open again and a policeman and dog rushed through the room, followed by another policeman. We were in a rural area and at a loss as to what was going on, it actually didn't dawn on us that we were in the middle of a real chase. So I understand your wife puzzling at the scene. If ever I see it happening again, I will know what's happening, too.

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  16. Red Deer must be a real hotbed of crime to require so much dog training. Good job they haven't discovered that you are an international terrorist. Better get some dog biscuits ready for next time.

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  17. I'm with MM, I would be concerned too if I saw someone running down the fence line like that. But I am not a city dweller, so it would definitely be a totally out of the norm experience for me to see here in the country.

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  18. Like your wife, I would have been worried too. So much going on around here lately, nothing surprises me. A little excitement like that is fun though.

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  19. :) i'd not want to be the 'bait' guy...

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