Questions and Answers

Below are some frequently asked question and our answers.

Please check below for additional information on all the incredible work we do for these terrific canines. If you are still looking for more information feel free to contact us immediately.

Q: Where do you get your dogs?

A: Some dogs come directly from owners who can no longer keep them and others are rescued from animal shelters when their lives are in danger. New this year, we have recently had a few dogs donated to our Organization by donors who wish to help our program out. The age of the dog plays a major factor as most K9 departments will only accept dogs between the ages of 12 months and 28 months.

Q: What happens once a dog is rescued and placed in your program?

A: Once Throw Away Dogs rescues a K9 it is protocol to have the dog get acclimated to the new environment. No training will begin until the dog feels comfortable and relaxed. We have found in the past with using this method, the dog is more comfortable and is more willing to want to work and learn. Introducing the dogs into a “home” environment and social atmosphere has been a very positive outcome for us. During this process the dog will be taken to the Vet for a wellness check and updated on all vaccines if necessary.After this step is completed, Throw Away Dogs will begin our training process. We will produce a “Green Dog” plus the dog will have basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay, heel. We will also touch on starting basic recall and scent skills (the dog will NOT be imprinted).

Q: What is a 'Green Dog' and what is the approximate value you will be saving the department?

A: Police dogs come in a lot of varieties. A green dog is a dog that has been evaluated for its potential to be a police dog, meaning it has the appropriate instincts (drives) and nerves (courage) to do the task. Some green dogs are deemed suitable for dual-purpose – meaning the dog has the ability to be trained for a detection specialty like narcotics or explosives, and patrol functions (e.g., tracking, apprehension, handler protection, and building and area searches). Single-purpose green dogs are dogs deemed suitable for only one or the other: either a detection-only dog, or perhaps a patrol-only dog. Tracking can normally be trained into any single purpose detection dog as well. The average green dog value starts at $5,000.

Q: What type of qualities do you look for when rescuing a dog?

A:
Play drive – does the dog play and never stop till exhausted basically?

Hunt drive – does the dog search for a toy until he/she finds it, without stopping to mark things,
not needing to be repeatedly being resent out, or restarted, or quitting altogether. (this is practiced over and
over again)?

Confidence – will the dog jump on tables, over things, go in dark areas to search, stand on unsteady
chairs/tables to retrieve the ball. Is the dog OK on stairs, preferably open stair cases?

Possessiveness – does the dog keep and fight for possession of the toy once he found it.?

Social skills – Is the dog generally open, approachable by unknown people. (This is why we bring the
dogs into a home environment)?

Floors – is the dog ok on different floor types in general, ceramic, wood, stairs etc. (we bring the dog to different
places to introduce the different types of flooring)?

Q: Do you place dogs out of the Philadelphia Tri-State area?

A: Yes we do, the distance must be within reason because we are driving. It is our policy to have dogs returned to us if the K9 fails school. So transport will be needed once again to have the dog returned to us. We encourage shepherd lovers to search the local animal shelters in their areas to save a German Shepherd in need.

Q: How long does the training process for Throw Away Dogs take?

A:The dog is in our possession approximately 3 months. All dogs are different and some need more time and some need less. Either way, we are prepared.

Q: What happens if a dog fails out of K9 school?

A: If a dog fails out of K9 school, it is our procedure to take the dog back into our possession. A contract is signed stating the dog will return to us. After the dog is returned, we will brush up on basic training skills and decide if the dog will be placed with another K9 department or put up for adoption into a family home. All adoption candidates must fill out an application and will sign the same contract as the K9 departments stating that the dog is returned to us if the adoption doesn’t work out.

Q: Are you looking for Foster homes for the dogs while they are in training and what are a foster family responsibilities? How long will the dog be in foster care? Will you provide food and basic needs of the dog?

A: Yes, All foster candidates must fill out an application and a home check will be required. The foster families responsibility will be to help acclimate the dog to a social environment, you will be expected to follow all training protocol to help the dog succeed and an average pace such as practice basic house manners, sit, down, stay, leave it. We will need to set up a training schedule for the dog and be able to have access to the dog to fulfill the training requirements. And of course, provide love and a stable environment. We expect the dog to be in foster care for 3 months. All food and basic needs will be provided by Throw Away Dogs while the dog is in your possession.

Q: Is the K9 Departments charged a fee for the dog?

A:No, all dogs that leave our program are donated to K9 departments in need. However, if the department wishes to make a donation to Throw Away Dogs, that would be greatly appreciated. If the K9 fails out of school and the dog is adopted out to a family, an adoption fee will apply.