Where do TSA dogs live? Once the dogs complete training, they go to a home base airport where they live with a handler. Dogs trained in San Antonio can also go to work for various law enforcement agencies.
What kind of dogs does TSA use? TSA utilizes a variety of large breed dogs. You may see sporting breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers available for adoption. Occasionally there will be German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois.
What happens to police dogs who fail training? If the foster parents cannot home the dog permanently, the dogs may be rehomed directly by the police force or sent to a national rescue center to be rehomed. A few dogs may be able to be utilized in other police or military applications, depending on the reasons that they failed, but the majority are rehomed.
How are TSA dogs trained? The dogs receive 24 to 32 weeks of training and work in a variety of environments, including mock aircraft and airport terminals. Trainers use classical conditioning to teach the dogs to search for odors from explosive materials.