PHOTOS — Police dog training in Innisfail
Attending a public demonstration at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre near Innisfail is as much about learning as it is an excuse to see German shepherds run through obstacle courses and attack would-be thieves.
Dozens of families, both from the local area and far away, turned out for the experience on Wednesday afternoon, filling the stands to see first hand what police dogs do, and how they are trained to aid the RCMP.
Purebred German shepherds Duffy, Eda, Dux and Danny, just four of about 10 dogs currently in training at the centre, displayed some of the obedience and tracking skills they’ve learned so far. They took part in car chase and apprehension scenarios, wowing the crowd with their behaviour, athleticism and versatility.
During their four months at the centre, a total of 85 working days, the dogs will continue to learn to protect their handlers, themselves and to apprehend on command. Some will also learn special skills such as detecting narcotics and explosives.
Upon completion of the training program, the dogs who graduate will be sent to work with various police detachments across the country.
Public demonstrations are conducted every Wednesday from 2 to 2:45 p.m. until Sept. 2. There is no charge.
Large groups are required to pre-book by contacting the training centre either by emailing email@example.com or calling 403-227-3346.
To get to the centre take Exit 365 off Hwy 2 at Innisfail, travel east and follow the signs.