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article imageCops fire police dog for fear of heights, poor performance

By Megan Hamilton     Nov 30, 2014 in Odd News
Cannon Beach - Who knew that even dogs can get fired from their jobs? That's what happened to Cash, a two-year-old Belgian malinois who just couldn't cut the kibble for being a police dog with the Cannon Beach Police Department.
Cash was supposed to be a regular member of the police force, but was pink-slipped before seeing any action, The Daily Astorian reports.
Things like being skittish, afraid of heights, and inordinate amounts of barking got Cash in trouble. These habits are apparently big, bad, naughty no-nos for police dogs. Cash was also not into that jumping on the counter and searching for drugs kind of thing, police told the Astorian. He was just too recalcitrant.
Would he go to the drugs immediately, like he was supposed to do?
Nope. He'd just bark. And then bark some more. Which was not helpful.
Barking is "fine as an alert, but you can't get anything done when you're trying to get him to find dope and he's just barking in your face," said officer Josh Gregory, Cash's former handler, per NBC News.
"That's not the temperament we wanted to set for Cannon Beach," Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said, per KDWN.
So Cash went back home to his original owner, Tami Schultz of Clatsop County Search and Rescue, and now the Cannon Beach Police Department is looking for a new canine recruit.
What kind of pooch are they looking for? A "ball-crazy, happy, wanting-to-work dog," Gregory said. He'll spend about two or three weeks training with the new pooch after taking it into his care.
"We basically learn how to dance together," he said.
Gregory, along with a trainer tried to teach him the ropes for about four weeks in September and October, The Daily Astorian reports.
But it was no go. They found that they couldn't teach a relatively young dog new tricks.
"Where other dogs were progressing, he wasn't progressing," Gregory said.
This humorous video shows Cash in action — or inaction, as the case may be.
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