Can Dogs Help Make Schools Safer?

Written by: Phil Monahan

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While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.

Gomer’s for-profit company has sent a gun- and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across the country stay safe.

What do you think?

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5 thoughts on “Can Dogs Help Make Schools Safer?

  1. Allison

    This is interesting, because just a week ago I said on my Facebook page that this is what we should be doing, and as part of it I said to let prisoners do part of the training.

  2. T. Hawks

    I think it’s a great step in the right direction. Not every K9 would be cut out for work among kids, but the right socialization and the right trainer making those calls would mitigate the risks. We are currently raising a Belgian Malinois protection K9 puppy in our home with 4 kids and two other dogs. I would love to see a dog like this at my kids’ school.

  3. Liz Lara Carreno

    We wish to thank Orvis for sharing our news on the launch of K9s4KIDs Initiative. Although it may not be the solution be believe it is a solution to the challenges school districts and college campuses are experiencing now. K9s4COPs is a very young foundation and has grown very fast because of the need for K9s across the nation. We have now become the largest foundation filling this gap since most agencies are not budgeted to purchase a $10,000-15,000 K9.

    However the next time you step into a sports arena or entertainment venue or drive next to an 18 wheeler that may have crossed the border line. Know that a K9 has been there first searching for narcotics and explosives so you can be safe.
    Once again “Thank You” for sharing our story.
    Liz Lara Carreno – Executive Director

  4. Michele

    As a mother of 2 young children who are getting ready to start school. I think it is a great concept that definitely needs further exploring. Would be interested in helping.


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