Puppy love volunteers needed
Thames Valley police are searching for volunteer dog socialisers
POLICE are looking for Bucks volunteers to help train the next generation of police dogs.
The Thames Valley and Hampshire forces, which run a joint dogs section, are searching for puppy socialisers to look after these adorable German Shepherds at home between the ages of eight weeks and 18 months.
Volunteers will need to socialise, exercise and introduce the young pups to new situations so they are ready to begin their formal police dog training.
They are looking for full and part-time socialisers.
Dog trainer Paul Whitty said: “This is a great opportunity for a person, or a family, to support the development of an operational police dog, who we hope will one day go on to help catch criminals.
“What’s expected of puppy socialisers is that they bring the puppy up within their house as a normal dog, they introduce them to as many different environments and experiences as possible, and they attend monthly training days.
“But this is not an easy task because these puppies are not normal pet dogs.
“They’re keen, excited and highly driven. They’re not the type of dog that is happy to lie down all day – they will need regular exercise and interaction whole family.
“One of the main things we’re looking for is people who are flexible, who can take on a puppy for maybe a couple of weeks once or twice a year to, for example, allow another puppy socialiser to go on holiday.”
A dog trainer will be on hand to guide new socialisers while police will meet the expenses of looking after
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