19th Nov, 2017

Puppy walkers wanted for future West Midlands Police dogs

Sarah Mason 11th Sep, 2017

THE latest four-legged additions to the West Midlands Police family are looking for temporary homes.

The six-week-old cocker spaniels, Harry, Ron, Dobby, Albus, Hermione and Ginny after 2,000 people voted for them to have Harry Potter themed names via the force’s Twitter account.

The students are almost ready to leave Hogwarts and go out into the big wide world to socialise and the WMP Dog Training Centre is on the hunt for members of the public who want to give the wizarding world a hand.

At six months old, the puppies go through to the crucial six month assessment stage of their training back at the Dog Unit in Balsall Common to see if they have what it takes to become fully operational, effective police dogs.

If successful, they return to their puppy walkers for another few months before undergoing the final assessment stage and being assigned to a police handler ready to begin serious training.

Fully vetted puppy walkers are responsible for homing their puppy, caring for their needs and crucially, helping them to socialise with people and other dogs.

Anybody over 18 can apply to be a puppy walker, if they have the time to look after the puppy and provide plenty of play time to allow it to develop within a happy, carefree environment.

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