Charlie pictured here is our spare dog and we are fairly confident that she will be allocated to a new handler who will be joining the course on Monday 21st of March 2016. We are continuing to train her so that she will not be losing ground on the others. She missed this week’s training because she came into season last week.
This week Colin who puppy walked Chaos came out for the day to see how he is getting on. He is pictured here being reunited with Chaos again for the first time since he handed him over to his handler Mark in early January.
|Colin and Chaos|
Colin then Joined Mark and Chaos who were set the task of tracking down a dubious character called Andy. Chaos quickly set off across open country towing his handler Mark behind him
before locating Andy hiding in bushes.
James is the only novice handler on the course and he is pictured here practising his tracking line handling skills with Tim pretending to be the dog.
Cosmic had indicated that is where the offender had gone.
A very important part of the course is the obedience and focus work that we do. I am not a fan of the word obedience as it paints a picture of having to comply whether they like it or not. When in reality they want to work with their handlers and they love the play that is involved.
Here are the group practising their sit and focus
and their down stays.
Andy and Comet are pictured here practising their heelwork.
Pictured here are Tim and Cagney walking through the crowds.
Chaos decided he wanted to enjoy the coffee also.
A walk through Exeter City Centre
Then it was time to walk back through the City centre to our van after a lovely afternoon.
Here are a few action shots of the dogs doing their favourite exercise criminal work. Cosmic is pictured here showing that he probably needs a flying license.
Chaos is pictured here having located Andy in the woods.
On the same day I assessed all of our older pups to see whether they are bold enough to become Police dogs. They are all pictured here from left to right are Jacque, Lenny, Memphis, Rika, Flynn and Billy.
Flynn is pictured here very sensibly weighing up the situation.
We also have to take into account that what one dog sees as a threat another dog might not and therefore is not going to react. Here is my potential brood bitch reacting to a strange toy dog I placed in my garden.
New pups from Germany
Next week I will be going over to Germany to collect our 3 new German pups now aged 14 weeks old. They are pictured here from left to right Bedwyr, Bevan, and Berwyn.
Well there you have it I will report back in 5 weeks on how the dogs get on with their final assessments on the Initial Police dog course.
I will leave you with a picture of Lenny my 10 month old German import and our potential brood bitch Sasha. I am looking out for a potential stud dog for Sasha. Lenny seems to be saying I am your man.