One of the newest pups is already showing great aptitude for collecting evidence, Queensland Police say.
The QPS is proud to introduce the newest litter of police pups in training, the O Litter. These pawesome new recruits are just over eight weeks old now and have begun settling in with their adopted foster carers.
The pups were born on July 9, and the litter is made up of:
- Opal; and
For the females, and:
- Ouzo; and
For the males.
Now that they are with their foster carers, the pups will begin to learn crucial socialisation skills in the home and training environments.
Effective socialisation ensures the pup can calmly and confidently accept the variety of situations it may encounter as a police dog.
Socialisation is a gradual process and for example, involves the following to familiarise a puppy with traffic, the carer will start by taking it for walks in suburban streets, and then progress to the point where it can stand comfortably on a traffic island in the middle of a busy road.
Gradually the pups will be taken to more challenging environments such as markets, schools, train stations and shopping centres, where there are crowds of people and plenty of activity and noise.
The O Litter pups will now stay with their foster carers for at least the next 12 months whilst they reach maturity. Once they are ready, they will say goodbye to their foster carers as they begin their formal training course and are assigned a handler.
Good luck to all of the O Litter pups and their new foster carers!