Best paws for­ward to find top de­tec­tor dog

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY BETHANY ROLSTON

Mau­rice O’Con­nor and his dog Radar are putting their best paws for­ward for a na­tional de­tec­tor dog com­pe­ti­tion in Welling­ton next week.

The Na­tional Po­lice Pa­trol and De­tec­tor Dog Cham­pi­onships is based at the NZ Po­lice Dog Train­ing Cen­tre in Tren­tham from Septem­ber 10-12.

Mau­rice, the se­nior dog han­dler at Waik­e­ria Prison, will com­pete against dog han­dlers from Cor­rec­tions, Po­lice and Cus­toms.

Over three days they com­plete a se­ries of drug searches of out­door ar­eas, ve­hi­cles and peo­ple.

The ac­tiv­i­ties will take place around the greater Welling­ton re­gion.

“You never know where the stuff is hid­den — or if it’s hid­den at all,” Mau­rice says.

Mau­rice has been work­ing in dog han­dling for 20 years — most of that time at Waik­e­ria Prison.

He’s been work­ing with Radar, a Ger­man short­haired poin­ter for the last five and a half years.

“Radar has got such a high drive and re­ally loves to work.

“He re­ally en­joys af­fec­tion and his re­ward is play-time or get­ting a toy.”

Mau­rice has worked with five op­er­a­tional drug dogs over the years.

“We slowly train them up from a young age.”

It’s the sixth time he’s com­peted at the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“I’ve come away with a fourth, two thirds and a sec­ond.

“I’d re­ally like to win it this time.”

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