Snif­fer dogs helped keep­Hangzhou G20 Sum­mit se­cure

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By TIAN XUEFEI and ZHOU HUIYING in Harbin Con­tact the writ­ers at zhouhuiy­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Seven po­lice snif­fer dogs and their han­dlers, fresh from a suc­cess­ful se­cu­rity mis­sion at the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit early this month in­Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, were wel­comed at Harbin Taip­ing In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Hei­longjiang prov­ince re­cently.

“As early as March, we be­gan to train and se­lect snif­fer dogs for the sum­mit from more than 200 po­lice dogs at our train­ing base,” said Qi Ming, di­rec­tor of the dog train­ing fa­cil­ity of the Hei­longjiang pro­vin­cial border de­fense troops in­Harbin.

After four months of train­ing and rounds of in­ter­nal se­lec­tion, seven dogs passed the strict ex­am­i­na­tion of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and joined the mis­sion to in­ter­cept ex­plo­sives dur­ing the sum­mit, Qi said.

“As soon as we ar­rived at Hangzhou on July 30, we ded­i­cated our­selves to in­tense train­ing even though the sum­mit wouldn’t start for an­other month,” said Zheng Hang, the team leader. “Every day we spent more than 12 hours out­side. The high tem­per­a­ture of the city was an enor­mous chal­lenge for the dogs, which are na­tive to the north­east.”

In or­der to lower the tem­per­a­ture, they in­stalled elec­tric fans and au­to­matic spray de­vices in ken­nels and placed blocks of ice out­side. In ad­di­tion, Zheng Hang, they de­cided to shave off the hair of the north­ern dogs.

“I chose a Mo­hawk style for my 4-year-old Labrador, which makes him look quite fash­ion­able. But now an­other prob­lem is com­ing. How will he with­stand the win­ter cold in­Harbin be­fore its hair grows out again? Maybe I’ll have to tai­lor a cot­ton waist­coat him,” Zheng said.

WuXu, ahan­dler­with­an­other Labrador, said: “The heavy tasks and un­com­fort­able con­di­tions will more or less af­fect the dogs’ mood. As their train­ers, we pay at­ten­tion to their daily lives, but it is most im­por­tant to in­ter­actwith­them. They for like be­ing touched, and we also of­ten talk with them.”

Wu told this story: “One day, when we pa­trolled around West Lake, my feet seemed to catch fire, even though I was wear­ing thick shoes, be­cause of the high sur­face tem­per­a­ture. My dog kept scam­per­ing on the scald­ing road. Sud­denly it jumped into the lake to cool it­self. I re­ally didn’t have the heart to re­buke it, but I had to ask it to go ashore be­cause we were on duty.”

Dur­ing the month­long mis­sion, theteam­pa­trolledanarea of more than 2 mil­lion square me­ters and in­ter­cepted more than 260 pro­hib­ited items.

Now an­other prob­lem is com­ing. How will he with­stand the win­ter cold in Harbin be­fore its hair grows out again? Maybe I’ll have to tai­lor a cot­ton waist­coat for him.” team leader

QIU XIAOP­ING / FOR CHINA DAILY

A snif­fer dog with its han­dler at the dog-train­ing base of the Hei­longjiang pro­vin­cial border de­fense troops in Harbin.

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