Vancouver police unveiled their newest inductees to the dog squad – two 8-week-old German Shepherd puppies.. The police are now asking elementary school kids to come up with names for the two crime fighters in training.
Starting April 3, the VPD will be taking submissions from all Metro Vancouver elementary schools. Two police dogs were named in a similar way: police dog Nitro in 1997 and Diesel in 2006.
The contest runs until April 17, with the winning class to be announced on April 22. The winners of the contest will get a tour of the dog squad headquarters, which currently houses 18 active service dogs.
Puppies to begin a life of training and obedience
The puppies will begin their training, which includes agility and obedience skills, when they are 12 to 18 months old. They have already begun other forms of training to get them comfortable around different people and environments.
“The training starts from the time we get them.” said Sgt. Ray Wong. “Training can be as simple as going to the park and doing a little obedience routine… it’s time well invested.”
According to Wong the puppies come from a breeder in Saskatchewan who has bred several of the department’s police dogs in the past.
Reported by Edmond Lu