Wednesday, 10 April 2019

PD Drake, PD Eyke and PD Ben complete their 3 month initial police dog course And after enjoying their passing out parade with their puppy walkers, family and friends report for operational duty


After a long and intensive 3 month Initial Police dog course our 3 newly qualified  General purpose Police dog teams shared an enjoyable day with their puppy walkers, friends and family on their passing out parade before starting life as fully fledged Operational Police dog teams.

Pictured left to right are PC Mark Stevens with PD Drake ( Previously Larry )  course instructor Steve Dutton, PC Tom Bond with PD Eyke and PC Brendan Trent with PD Ben.
Meet the teams

PC Brendan Trent and PD Ben

Brendan is an experienced handler based at Ferndown Dorset. His old Police dog Vinny retired last year and Brendan was allocated PD Ben from our puppy program to start the course which commenced on January 7th 2019.

PC Tom Bond and PD Eyke


Tom is also an experienced Police dog handler whose old Police dog Bowser retired last year after a very successful Police career having been placed 7th at the National Police dog trials and also was an elite firearms support dog.

Tom is based in North Devon and was initially allocated TPD Sydney from our puppy program.

Unfortunately Sydney unexpectedly developed a phobia about walking on certain types of floor surfaces and had to be released from the program.

PD Eyke from our E litter was then drafted in at the tender age of only 11 months and started with Tom on the second week of the course.  

PC Mark Stevens and PD Drake

Mark is also an experienced handler who is based at Ashburton. After his very successful Police dog Axel retired unexpectedly at the age of 5 last year with a spinal complaint Mark completed an Initial Police dog course with PD Brock in December 2018.

Brock struggled to adapt to operational tracking work and was removed from operations indefinitely and placed with an instructor for further evaluation. Mark was then allocated PD Drake (Previously Larry) and had to start all over again in week 3 of this course.) 

With regard to PD Brock he has responded well to additional remedial tracking training with Instructor Graham Attwood and Graham is confident that he still has a future as an operational Police dog.

Summary of the course

Although the start of the course was somewhat disjointed with PD Eyke only starting in week 2 and PD Drake ( Larry) starting in week 3 the standard of the 3 dogs at the end of the course was outstanding.

That is entirely down to the quality of the 3 dogs, the hard work of the handlers and an excellent Instructor in Steve Dutton. Considering that this was his first full General Purpose Initial Police dog course the standard that he has achieved is exceptional.

Also we shouldn’t underestimate just what a huge part our puppy walkers contribute to their development. Here is puppy walker Rob working on Eyke’s recall as a young puppy.


Here he is at 11 weeks going over an agility ramp at the Devon county show.

Here is puppy walker Lyn with 11 week old Ben starting his tracking training.

I went out with the course in the early weeks and at the hallway stage but I was on holiday for the last 3 weeks and missed seeing them undergoing their licensing assessments in the penultimate week.

I did however get to go out with the course on their final training day 2 days before their passing out parade.

To see them all doing practical operational training tracks on a busy housing estate was very impressive. Here is Eyke tracking with purpose and determination.


Here he is telling his handler Tom that he has located an article hidden under some grass which I couldn’t see even though I knew where it was.

Here is Eyke enjoying his ball at the end of his track. Instructor Steve and Tom debrief and discuss the track but Eyke just lets them get on with it because he’s got his ball and he is more than happy with his performance.

Over the 13 week course the  teams cover tracking and searching for outstanding criminals and vulnerable missing persons, searching for lost property or discarded crime items, dealing with violent disorderly crowds, detaining fleeing criminals, dealing with violent criminals, developing their agility and a wide range of control exercises which underpin all of their work.

Without doubt the number one exercise is tracking which is the dog’s ability to follow accurately a trail left by a fleeing criminal or vulnerable missing person. That is why we start this exercise with our pups as early as 11 weeks old.

Here is Brenden and Ben tracking on the same housing estate and again you can see the determination to complete the track and if possible locate the offender or missing person.


Here PD Ben is telling Brendan he has located an article which has been discarded by the person who he is following.


Our dogs are trained to indicate the article passively without touching it to preserve any DNA that could connect the offender to the article and crime scene.

It was an especially proud moment for me to see Mark and PD Drake performing so well. I imported PD Drake ( Previously Larry) from Holland aged 15 weeks and intended for him to be my own dog.

He never disappointed me and lived with me, my wife Di and our female dog Ella. I trained him to track but realised early on that he was a dog who was born to work and wanted more than I could ever give him because of my busy life supervising and supporting all of the pups in our puppy program.


I knew that he was a very driven, tough dog with a super temperament but I also knew that he would need an experienced and skilled handler to channel and control all of that power and energy. So when

Mark needed a dog and knowing how successful he had been with his previous dog PD Axel I knew it was the right decision to let him go to Mark.


It was quite an emotional day for me but enjoyable to see how well they had bonded and also seeing the spring in Mark’s step which I hadn’t seen for a while with the recent tough times he has been through.  They never put a foot or paw wrong on the track and were a pleasure to watch.




Back at HQ I saw all the teams doing their use of force exercises which includes the straight chase and attack of a fleeing criminal. Here is Drake detaining the criminal with tremendous speed and power.

All of the dogs are extremely committed in their attacks but equally the handlers all have excellent control over their dogs.

Here is PD Eyke doing a stand -off exercise. This is where the criminal runs away and the dog is sent to detain him/her. If the criminal stops running and gives up before the dog gets to him/her the dog is trained not to bite but to guard the criminal until joined by their handler.
Here is PD Eyke maintaining observations on the criminal while handler Tom searches the criminal for evidence or any weapons.
This is PD Drake doing the stand-off exercise and you can see quite clearly that if the criminal does not do as he is told there will be a consequence.

They all have their own way of doing things Ben on the stand-off exercise likes to have a conversation with the criminal telling him to stay where he is.
PD Eyke is particularly amusing to watch doing his criminal work because not only is he very determined in his attack but if you look closely he makes doubly sure the criminal cant escape by wrapping his paws around his leg.


After the criminal work the teams did some group obedience work.


I was very impressed with all that I saw and I took a final picture of the teams at the end of their last training day on the January 2019 General purpose Initial Police dog course.

The following day the course were practising for their passing out parade on the Thursday. This is the day where we traditionally invite the puppy walkers, family and friends to share the handlers final day before leaving to commence work as operational Police dogs.

The passing out parade


Here they all are the dog teams with their puppy walkers who have made it all possible. Left to right are PC Mark Stevens with PD Drake, Course Instructor Steve Dutton, PC Tom Bond with PD Eyke and PC Brendan Trent and PD Ben.

It is always a special day for our puppy walkers to see their dogs successfully passing out as operational Police dogs after all the work they have put in and because of the incredible bond they have with their dogs.

As always we had an excellent attendance and it always impresses me how many of our off duty dog handlers turn up to support their colleagues on this special day. In my time on the dog section the senior management have always been very supportive of their dog section and today was no exception.

ACC Paul Davies who has been out several times with the course to see them training kindly attended to support the event and to present the licensing certificates to the handlers and framed pictures of the dogs for our puppy walkers.

To start the passing out parade the team’s first gave an excellent demonstration of group obedience.



Considering the dogs have never performed in front of a large crowd I thought they were all excellent.

Next Brendan and PD Ben gave a demonstration on the agility equipment and then demonstrated their stand-off exercise.



Brendan then gave a demonstration of PD Ben doing the stick attack.



Next Tom gave a demonstration with PD Eyke negotiating the agility equipment, then the chase and stand- off and then the chase and detain.



Tom then finished with PD Eyke dealing with the gun criminal.



Mark  and PD Drake then gave what I thought was an exceptional demonstration of searching and locating 3 small items of property on the football field.

To maintain his concentration searching for 3 small articles in front of a large crowd having no doubt heard the other dogs previously doing their criminal work and hearing the shouting and gun going off was for me simply outstanding and confirms what I have always thought that he will be an outstanding and special working dog.

After completing the property search Mark then included a chase and attack as a reward for PD Drake performing so well on the property search.



Mark then finished his display by sending PD Drake after a fleeing criminal and attempted to do what is called an emergency recall where the dog is required to terminate the chase and return to the handler.

In training he always achieves this most difficult exercise but on this occasion obviously was confused with the different circumstances and didn’t recall but went on to complete the chase an attack.



I have no doubt given more experience he will go on to perform this exercise to perfection in all circumstances.

As always the puppy walkers, families and friends really enjoyed seeing their dogs showing off all the skills that they have learned and I thought the display was excellent.

Photographs of puppy walkers, family and friends

After the display we stopped to take photographs of all the teams with their puppy walkers, family and friends.

PD Eyke

Here is Tom and PD Eyke with his puppy walking family Rob, Lisa, Erin and Belles.

There is no doubt that the family absolutely loved PD Eyke but he was a real handful and with Lisa not being in the best of health in the latter months it was a real struggle for her managing him during the day when Rob was at work.

The family attended all of our puppy development classes and they all took turns training him. Here is Lisa demonstrating his down stay when he was only 5 months old.


Eyke has a lovely temperament but having watched him develop in the litter I always knew he was going to be a challenge even for an experienced puppy walker.
Unfortunately I didn’t have an experienced puppy walker available and so I placed him with Rob and his family in Exeter so that I could keep an eye on him. They did an excellent job.

Even handler Tom has had to use all of his considerable skills moulding and harnessing the energy and drive of this spirited young dog. I have no doubt that PD Eyke with Tom’s guidance will go on to fulfil his tremendous potential.

To give the family a well-earned break retired Police dog handler and seasoned puppy walker Eamon Rogers and his wife Karon very kindly agreed to look after PD Eyke for the last month before he was allocated to Tom.


Here is PD Eyke and Tom with his wife Selina and daughters Madeline and Holly.

We wouldn’t normally start a course with a dog as young as PD Eyke but I knew fast tracking him from the September course would be no problem to him.

PD Eyke is the first to graduate from our E litter but I have no doubt having seen his littermates Errol, Ernie and Echo on our last training day they will soon be following in his footsteps.


PD Ben

PD Ben was bred by Lorokmor working dogs in Shropshire and came to us at 8 weeks along with his brother Bill. His first puppy walkers were Lyn and Dave Vooght but as they were on holiday when we collected him one of our regular helpers Mary Downs looked after him for the first 2 weeks.


He then went to Lyn and Dave who did an excellent job looking after this energetic enthusiastic young dog but Lyn’s health took a turn for the worse and so after 4 months we had to find him a new puppy walking family.

I always try to explain to any prospective new puppy walker that the type of puppy we need to be a successful Police dog is going to be a real challenge. This is because they are highly driven, energetic, determined and sometimes very excitable and when they get to 8 months are extremely powerful.

That was certainly the case with PD Ben but he met his match with the James family in Plymouth. Here he is with Jacob, Lexie, mum Wendy and Lauren. Unfortunately Dad Stuart couldn’t make the pass out as he had an urgent hospital appointment.

PD Drake

As previously mentioned in my blog I imported PD DRAKE from Koos Hassing of the famous Tiekerhook kennel in Holland when he was 15 weeks old with the intention of puppy walking him myself. The timing wasn’t particularly good because at the time Sasha was raising her E litter at our house and her pups were only 3 weeks old.

Our friends and previous puppy walkers Angie and Graham Collins kindly agreed to look after PD Drake for us until the pups were allocated to their new puppy walkers at 8 weeks of age.

Here is Mark and PD Drake with Angie.


I've brought up many dogs over the years and it is always difficult when they then go on to their handler and so I know how hard it is for our puppy walkers.

But letting PD Drake leave me is the hardest yet. But I have no doubt having seen Mark and PD Drake working together it was the right thing to do.


PD Drake has grown up with my own female Ella and at the time of writing this blog Ella has come into season and I am considering using PD Drake as the stud dog for her first litter. The pair were inseparable when they were together.

 Presentations

After photographs we all then retired to one of the presentation rooms in HQ where ACC Paul Davies presented the General purpose Initial Police dog licenses to our 3 handlers and presented a framed photograph of each dog to all the puppy walkers.

Here are puppy walkers Wendy, Lauren, Lexi and James pictured receiving their picture of PD Ben.

The puppy walkers play such a vitally important part in raising our pups and give them the solid foundations which will serve them well on the next stage of their journey as operational Police dogs.

We all then tucked into the buffet and had a good old natter. As always one of our helpers Mary brought her own extra supply of cakes and supplies. It all then got a bit raucous with Mary trying on a Police officer’s hat for size.

But having helped out with 19 pups when people go on holiday over the last two years I certainly wasn’t going to tell her off.

Then it was time to disperse after another excellent passing out parade. We have been doing these for over 30 years and long may they continue.

TPD Bill

The eagle eyed amongst you will be wondering what happened to TPD Bill who started the course with his handler Kevin.  Instructor Steve and Kevin realised that despite Kevin giving it absolutely everything dog handling was probably not the role for him.

Kevin didn’t want to hold TPD Bill back and continued to look after him until a handler could be found. We didn’t have a handler in force and so TPD Bill is now continuing his Initial course training with a very experienced handler Lee Schofield in South Yorkshire and is doing very well.

Lee tells me his tracking is exceptional and everything else is going really well. Bill is pictured here reinforcing the health and safety message.

I think without exception all of us on the dog section wish Kevin well in the future and we are all disappointed that it didn’t work out for him. He was extremely popular and I will remember the many laughs and good times we had with Kevin. It certainly wasn’t for the want of trying and I wish you well Kevin in whatever you do.

From Ella and I see you next time.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Ben And Police Dog Ash Successfully Defend Their Title At The Dorset, Devon And Cornwal Alliance Police Dog Assessments


The 2018 Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Alliance Police dog Assessments took place in Exeter from Monday 11th Feb 2019 to Wednesday 13th Feb 2019, to select the top 3 teams to represent the Alliance at the forthcoming Regional Police dog assessments being hosted by Avon and Somerset Police in April 2019.

I was very grateful to the organiser Sgt James Little from Cornwall for inviting me to Judge the assessments. As the Canine development officer it is my responsibility to acquire all of our pups and develop them with their puppy walkers. I also bred PD Ash and PD Comet and so to see them all performing was a huge thrill for me.

The following teams took part.


PC Steve Cruwys and PD Lenny are stationed at Exeter. Steve is an experienced handler and PD Lenny who was born on 23/4/15 was imported from Germany aged 15 weeks and was puppy walked by myself.



PC Lee Adamson and PD Grommitt are stationed in North Devon. Lee is an experienced handler and PD Grommit who was born on the 16/6/13 came through our puppy program and was puppy walked by Phil and Mel Rooks in Plymouth.

He was originally handled by retired Police dog Sergeant Alan Knight but Lee re-handled him several years ago when Alan retired.



PC Luke Barnard and PD Jacque are stationed in Ashburton. Luke is a first time handler and Jacque who was born on the 23/5/15 was donated to the force as a young puppy by Diane Oldfield in Cornwall.

Diane’s late husband former Devon and Cornwall Police officer Peter Oldfield died shortly after purchasing Jacque. Diane realised that Jacque needed an outlet for his energetic character and offered him to Devon and Cornwall Police.

She knew that her husband would have been happy because he was a good friend of the late and legendary Devon and Cornwall Police dog handler Jack Rule.  

Jacque was puppy walked by Heather Iles in Newquay.


PC Andy Ronayne and PD Nato are stationed at Plymouth. Andy is an experienced handler and Nato who was born on 14/7/15 was puppy walked by Susannah Coffin in North Devon.


PC Jason Gilbert and PD Comet are stationed at Camborne. Jason is an experienced handler and Comet who was bred by the force was born on the 20th October 2015 and was puppy walked by Dawn Harrison in Plymouth.


PC Ben Jobes and PD Ash are stationed at Camborne. Ben is a first time handler and Ash who was bred by the force was born on the 3rd of June 2013 and was puppy walked by Annie Miller in Cornwall.

Ben & PD Ash won the Force and Regional Police dog trials ( Assessments) last year and were highly placed at the National Police dog trials.

The Assessments


The Assessments are held annually and assess all of the required skills necessary to be a successful Police dog team. The top 3 teams go on to the Regional Police dog assessments and the top Regional Police dog teams then go on to the National Police dog assessments.

The teams are assessed on their ability to track and search for outstanding criminals, vulnerable missing persons or outstanding missing or stolen property. They are also assessed on their ability to deal with violent criminals, volatile crowds, agility and general control.

Day 1 ( Phase 1 ) Tracking, Stand Off And Article Searching


In Phase 1 the teams are assessed on their tracking and property searching skills. Each team is given an area where 90 minutes earlier the track layer (criminal) has walked a half mile trail with multiple changes of direction and has hidden 4 small items along the route.

The competitors are assessed on how accurately they follow the trail and how many hidden articles that they locate. Once they reach the end of the track they then have to deal with the criminal they have been tracking.

Here is Steve and Lenny hot on the offender’s trail.

Here is Luke and PD Jacque on the trail.

Here is Jacque having located an article hidden in the grass and signals to his handler he has found the item by lying down next to it. To get maximum marks the dog should indicate passively and not touch the article.
Having completed the track and located the criminal the handler attempts to detain the criminal who then runs away to evade capture. The handler must send his/her dog to detain the criminal. ( Here is Ben sending PD Ash after the criminal.
When the criminal sees the dog approaching he/she will suddenly surrender and stop running. The dog should not bite but should instead bark and maintain surveillance until joined by his/her handler.

This exercise is called the ‘Stand Off’ perfectly demonstrated here by PD Ash

Here is PD Grommitt having chased the criminal is keeping surveillance on the criminal preventing his escape and awaiting for his handler Lee to join him.

The handler will then interrogate the criminal while his/her dog maintains observations in a controlled position. If the criminal attempts to attack the handler or run the dog will immediately detain the criminal.

After securing and detained the criminal the team then have to search another area to locate 4 further articles or items of property which have been hidden.  

Here is Comet telling his handler he has found an article. The handler Jason then has to signal to the Judge that his dog has located an article and then the handler has to recover the article before continuing with the search.

Here is Andy just about to take possession of an article located by Nato.

Ben and PD Ash were the winners of Phase 1 and they hardly dropped any marks on the track, property search or the stand -off.

My favourite memory of the day was Jason and Comet. There is a time limit to complete the phase and the competitors are racing against the clock. Comet lost his way on the track and as a result had to work much harder than anyone else to recover the situation. Comet became tired.

Time was running out but Jason realising his dog was tired stopped and gave his dog a long rest before continuing which for me is the mark of a top dog handler always putting his/her dog first.

I was very impressed with the performance of the teams but I wasn’t surprised because this group of dogs are all achieving excellent operational tracking results.

Day 2 ( Phase 2) Searching For Criminals Or Vulnerable Missing Persons And Dealing With A Violent Attack On The Handler And Dog


Day 2 the teams had to demonstrate their ability to search and locate 2 outstanding criminals and also during the search to deal with an unexpected attack on the handler by an armed criminal.

The search area consisted of 2 large buildings, an open area with numerous caravans, a yard and a smaller building. Depending on the scenario the teams are either searching for Criminals or Vulnerable missing persons.

In this scenario the teams were searching for criminals. One criminal  was hidden and inaccessible and the other criminal was open and accessible.

Here is Grommit locating the accessible criminal by barking to alert his handler he has found someone.

Here is Lee making it very clear that if the criminal doesn’t do as he is told Grommit will be introduced into the equation.

Provided the criminal offers no violence or attempts to run away the dog will bark to alert his/her handler that he/she has found someone. Lenny here has located his man and he is making it quite clear behave or else.

I was unable to take any photo’s of the hidden criminal due to him being inside a closed cupboard in a room where there was only room for the dog handler and dog.

Here is Jason having just issued a challenge that anyone hiding in the area should give themselves up otherwise he will send his dog Comet in to search for them.

At the conclusion of the search each dog team had to deal with a very hostile attack which tested the boldness of each dog. All of the dogs responded with a strong bold attack and showed no nerves or avoidance whatsoever.

Here are Nato and Jacque dealing with their criminals.



The teams are assessed on their search technique, the ability the handler has to move and control their dog, thoroughness of the search, the strength of the dogs indications and safe indications if the criminal is passive.

Here is Ben searching the criminal with PD Ash.


The standard of the searches, the all-round level of control and the boldness of the dogs on the attack exercise was first class. The fact that only 11 marks separated the 6 competitors was evidence of that.

The overall winner of Phase 2 was Andy and PD Nato

Day 3 ( Phase 3) Criminal Work, Agility, Control Exercises


Phase 3 assesses the ability of the handler and dog to deal with use of force scenario’s, their general control and agility skills. The majority of the marks are in this phase. There are 5 Use of force exercises. 1. The Chase and attack. 2. The Stand-off. 3. The Emergency recall. 4. The weapon attack.
5. The Gun attack.

They also are assessed on their heelwork, agility and the send-away exercise.

The send-away is an exercise where the handler has to send his dog to a point at least 100 metres away and then has to re-direct the dog to another point left or right and then recall the dog.

Here is Luke setting Jacque up to send him to a point 100 metres away.

This is an exercise that takes a lot of time and effort spent training together to achieve. It was obvious to me that Luke has put in a lot of work and has done a fantastic job with Jacque.

I’m sure that if Jacques late owner Peter and his friend Dog handler Jack Rule were looking down they would have both been very proud of Luke and Jacque.


A Police dog must at all times be under the complete control of the handler and so a lot of work goes into control exercises such as heelwork, the stay positions the recall, agility, and releasing a detained criminal on command. 

All the handlers achieve good standards in training but demonstrating this in competition conditions with the public and peers looking on is a lot harder. Here are some more photos of the handlers competing in this phase.

Lee and PD Grommit demonstrating some very tidy heelwork.


PD Comet negotiating the hurdle.


Jason needed to tell PD Comet that this was the long jump and not the high jump.


Ben and a very attentive PD Ash receiving their instructions from the Steward James.


PD Ash not needing a second invitation to tackle the gun criminal.


On the straight chase exercise the dog should remain in a stationary position alongside the handler and should not give chase until told to do so. Andy has perfect control here over Nato but once Andy gave the order to detain the criminal Nato’s long legs made sure there was no escape.




PD Jacque making light work of negotiating the 6 foot scale but like all good handlers Luke is ready to give him a lift up if needed or to stop him falling back.


The weapon attack is a test of courage and Grommitt demonstrates here that he is certainly not lacking in that department.



I made the tests a little harder than normal by having the straight chase first and then immediately afterwards the Stand-off. The two exercises are identical in that both involve a fleeing criminal but on the stand-off the criminal suddenly stops running and gives himself up and the dog must not bite.

Here is PD Ash doing the straight chase and immediately afterwards successfully standing out on the stand-off.



3 out of the 6 teams successfully performed the stand-off exercise Comet, Ash and Grommit. 4 out of 6 teams successfully completed the emergency recall Comet, Ash, Grommit and Nato.

The emergency recall is probably the most important exercise of them all. The criminal runs and the dog is sent to chase and detain him. Once the dog gets 40 metres into the chase the handler must demonstrate he/she has the ability to terminate the chase by calling the dog back to him/her.

Here is Grommit successfully recalling from the chase.

This exercise could save the dog’s life if he/she is chasing a fleeing criminal who runs towards a busy main road.

A very successful Phase 3 rounded off an excellent 3 days of assessments.

We were very grateful to our Superintendent from Operations Nicky Leaper who is a big supporter of the dog unit for presenting the awards.

Overall Third place went to Andy and PD Nato and the award for winning Phase 2 the search trophy.


Overall Second place went to Lee Adamson and PD Grommit and also the award for winning the Phase 3  trophy.


It was also a proud moment for retired Police dog Sgt Alan Knight who was Grommit’s handler at the start of Grommit’s career. When Alan retired Grommit was re-handled by Lee who no doubt benefited from the excellent foundations that Alan had put in. Lee has since taken Grommit onto another level.


Annie Miller one of our experienced puppy walkers donated the runner up trophy and sent her apologies at not being able to attend the assessments.

The overall winner’s trophy went to Ben Jobes and PD Ash who are the current holders of the trophy.

They also won the Tracking trophy and the Phase 1 Trophy.


The 3 winners will now go on to represent the Alliance at the Regional Police dog assessments being held in Avon and Somerset in April. From left to right are Lee Adamson with Grommit, Ben Jobes with Ash and Andy Ronayne with Nato.

Here are the overall results.


To clarify the scores I would like to mention Steve and Lenny. They have only been together for just over 12 months. They performed well on phases 1 & 2 but on phase 3 Lenny’s hyper alertness and the excitement and nerves of the day no doubt got the better of him causing me to withdraw him.

I thought that Steve managed the situation extremely well and whilst it may have been a bit soon for Lenny to handle a Phase 3 under competition conditions I have no doubt Steve will work with Lenny to rectify that.

Regardless of the results I would like to thank all of the handlers for their hard work, professionalism and particularly for showing the character and resolve needed to take part in assessments with their dogs.

I would like to congratulate the handlers for the patience and compassion that they all showed towards their dogs. Congratulations should also go to the environmental trainers Phil Wilson and Tim Goodwin for the help I know they give to the handlers.

I wish the teams the best of luck in the Regional Assessments.

PAUL GLENNON