Paws in the air

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller’s furry pro­tec­tor is on her way to com­plet­ing her train­ing to be­come a po­lice dog.

Henny, a 9 month old Ger­man Shep­herd, has grown sig­nif­i­cantly since The Mail last touched base with her, has been in the care of Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son for about 9 months now.

Henny is cur­rently in test­ing to gauge her suc­cess as a po­lice dog.

“She is re­ally com­fort­able around peo­ple. In test­ing, she did re­ally well catch­ing the bad guys.”

The pup hangs out in Con­sta­ble Nel­son’s back­yard to be­come more weather re­sis­tant in harsh cli­mates.

Con­sta­ble Nel­son has been fo­cus­ing on so­cial­iz­ing the pup as well as pro­tec­tion.

“Right now, Henny likes to play more than she likes to pro­tect her trainer. It is some­thing we are work­ing on,” Says Con­sta­ble Nel­son.

Henny also en­joys check­ing out garbage and shak­ing it around. Con­sta­ble Nel­son says it is im­por­tant for her to re­main cu­ri­ous about the world around her.

“She is a friendly, happy dog. Some peo­ple see us walk­ing and think she is scary but she is the ex­act op­po­site. If all goes well, she will only be with me with a few more months be­fore be­ing sent off for more train­ing.

mailphoto by Al­lie Ruck­man

(above) Po­lice dog trainee, Henny, now 9 months old, and trainer Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son en­joy the sum­mer sun. (in­set: file­photo) Henny and Cst. Nel­son when she first ar­rived in Drumheller.

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