One of my favourite parts of the Convent Gardens open day was the display put on by the Police, with their amazing dogs. Now I wont lie I am a big fan of dogs in general. But dogs that actually hold down jobs just fill me with joy, seriously I don’t know why, but if I see them at the airport or in the street it just makes me smile. Clever little puppies!
Anyway… not only are these super talented pooches a vital part of the Police team, they are trained to be able sniff out illegal ‘things’ (drugs and cigarettes), find lost people, and apprehend criminals. The Policeman in charge of the display who I gather is their trainer nearly made me cry when he told us (the assembled crowd) about how dogs have been killed in the past, by people hitting them with lumps of wood with nails in or iron bars! What kind of ass does that? I hate them. I don’t need to meet them to know I want them to go to prison forever. I can not abide people who hurt animals.
So we watched the dogs in ‘attack mode’ the control they have over a situation, how they read their handlers body movement and language, the bond between them and the handler is incredible. We were amused and entertained when they sniffed out cigarettes, and we were slightly scared when the dogs and handlers showed us their ‘crowd control’. All of these tasks have been taught with a reward system. The reward? A squishy red ball. Seriously! So no excuses now for ‘Rover’ not sitting and staying! 😉