Unfortunately I released Anya from the program as I felt she was too small in stature to be a Police dog and found her a lovely home in Plymouth where she is very happy. She is pictured here with her new owner Jane
Ava was the seventh member of the litter and she was allocated to Steve Budd a Dorset Police dog handler whose dog had retired and he needed a replacement Police dog. They attended their Initial Police dog course at the Surrey Police dog training school at the same time as our course.
Steve is pictured here with his old Police dog just about to take possession of Ava from her puppy walkers Ed and Lowri to go on his course in Surrey.
There were so many memories on our course and I could probably devote an album with all the things we got up too. At the same time that I was running the course Ruby the mother of our A litter ( now 18 months old ) had her second litter of pups the C litter. Trying to run an Initial Police dog course and raise the C litter has been extremely challenging and not something I would try to do again but we got there.
Also during the course I went over to Germany to collect our new brood bitch Qwendi which is the subject of a previous blog.
The highlight of the course for me was attending the funeral of our puppy walker Ken who with his wife Lin had puppy walked Boris. Along with Boris the course dogs formed a guard of honour for Ken and it was a proud moment giving him a fitting send off.
The dogs are assessed on a wide range of different skills ranging from Obedience, agility, tracking and searching for outstanding offenders and missing persons, searching for stolen and lost property, dealing with Violent criminals or rowdy crowds, and their temperament is also assessed to make sure they are safe and reliable working in and around the public . Although it is not part of the assessment we also train our dogs to be reliable in and around livestock for obvious reasons.
Annie and Lee are pictured here being given a scenario where a criminal has burgled a house and made off from the scene. Lee and Annie had to determine the direction he had gone off in and to track him down recovering any property discarded or hidden on the way.
Here is the course of September 2014 just before going out to put on our display. From left to right Annie and Lee Exeter, Ash and Ben Camborne, Argo and me, Grommit and Alan Exeter.
The most important people in our programme are the puppy walkers who create the foundation for the puppies future. Pictured here from left to right are: Annie Miller with police dog Ash and Ben, Mel and Phil Rooks either side of Police dog Grommit and Alan, Lyn Parlour on the left of me and police dog Argo, Susanne Coffin and Ollie Avercrombie either side of police dog Annie and Lee and finally far right Lowri and Ed on the right of police dog Ava and Steve from Dorset.
Since the display he has been allocated to his new handler Mandy Gornicki from Avon and Somerset dog section. They are pictured here getting to know each other before their 2 week re-handling course in January 2015.
As I write this blog 4 of my C litter have left me to go to their new puppy walkers and the other 3 go on Friday. Its then time to catch up on all of my outstanding admin and prepare for the January 2015 Initial Police dog course which I will be taking with our B litter dogs and Yogi.
See you soon have a good Xmas and happy new year.