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It's a Dogs Life!

Image of Air Dog Baco leaping out of a Police car at RAF Northolt.

Ever wondered what it takes to become a Royal Air Force Police Dog Handler?

To become a Police Dog Handler within the RAF, you firstly have to attend a Basic Police Course at the Defence Police School, Portsmouth, followed by a 3 week Patrol Dog Handlers Course.

This involves basic dog handling techniques, safety procedures, canine first aid and rules of engagement training. Following a minimum of 3 years on Patrol Dog duties, a handler may apply to specialise by completing a further 9 week Service Police Dog Handler course. All dog courses are conducted at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.

The training for all specialisations of Military Working Dog can take months at a time, with continuous training being conducted on a daily basis for the duration of their working career. Hundreds of dogs are trained each year and are sourced from all over the world.

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Photo prise le 10 décembre 2015 (© Defence Images / Flickr)

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