By Bellie Thomas
After a rigorous selection process, six strays from the city will be selected for training with the
Police have said that this is a pilot project and if successful, the numbers of stray training would grow in the police department.
Dog guru and dog psychologist, Amrut said, “Stray dogs, aged between three to six months, would be selected carefully by understanding their psychology.” Amrut is an adviser/consultant to the Karnataka State police Dog squad who works closely with the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ninga Reddy Patil, who heads the dog squad at the City Armed Reserves.
The selection process for these stray puppies will involve checking for their drives, like game drive, prey drive and hunt drive. These are key features for training dogs into police canine officers.
Stray dogs, aged between three to six months, would be selected carefully by understanding their psychology
–Amrut, dog trainer
After careful selection, followed by vaccination and healthcare, these puppies would begin training. They will be trained for tracking, scent identification, explosive and narcotics detection. Additionally, as per the understanding and judgement of the psychology of these puppies, the six of them will be trained for different tasks.
If our strays could be trained and if they would detect bombs or drugs and help nab criminals, this could be a boon for India where it will motivate people to keep stray dogs as pet and guards at houses and the animal lovers are a happy lot, Amrut informed.