Puppy love vol­un­teers needed

Thames Val­ley po­lice are search­ing for vol­un­teer dog so­cialis­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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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Any­one living within the in­tro­duc­tion to puppy Thames Val­ley or walk­ing as well as an Hamp­shire force ar­eas can op­por­tu­nity to meet some ap­ply, but must be able to of the cur­rent puppy walk­ers at­tend the dog unit’s and their pup­pies. Sul­ham­stead train­ing To ap­ply email cen­tre, near Read­ing, once a pup­py­de­vel­op­ment@ month. So­cialis­ers must also thamesval­ley.pnn.po­lice.uk.

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