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It’s a dog’s life

Strathclyde Police is looking for new four legged recruits. The dog section is on the look out for young German Shepherds, Labradors and Springer Spaniels – both dogs and bitches - who can meet the demands of modern policing.

Once trained, the dogs will become the new generation of animals trained for specialist work in drugs and explosives detection, as well as weapons recovery.

To qualify, they must be: one to two years old, not overly aggressive - playful by nature, and in good health and physical structure.

Dogs offered for donation undergo a series of tests, both at home and at the unit’s training centre, to see if they have an aptitude for police work. Standards are high with, on average, only one dog accepted for every 15 offered to the Force.

‘Due to additional course demands we have been unable to fulfil our commitment with dogs bred in house and we are now looking for help from the public. Being a police dog is a great life for a pet who has outgrown its home environment or who has become too much to handle’, said Inspector Alan Davies of Strathclyde Police.

If unsuccessful, dogs can be returned to their owners or re-homed.

For further information please contact the Scottish Police Dog Training School on 0141-531 5810/12 or log on to www.strathclyde.police.uk