Lights, camera, action… Who else thinks our police dogs are naturals on the cat-walk?
PDs Milo, Tag, Vikki and Rocco were looking very dapper when they visited their quirky new training venue last week.
The canines posed for pictures and even modelled some of the accessories down at the HQ for Master Debonair - an independent menswear retailer based in Boldon, South Tyneside.
This comes after the business kindly offered up its premises to our Dog Section for intensive puppy development training.
The space will be used over the next 12 months to help build up the confidence of our trainee police pups and getting them used to any potential distractions, such as strange noises and smells.
It’s hoped that the course will get our furry new recruits better prepared for detecting cash, weapons, drugs and explosives.
PC Paul Cooper, dog trainer for the Force, said:
“We’d like to say a huge thanks to Eve and all the Master Debonair team.
“It can be a struggle to find buildings to use for training proposes, so it’s massively appreciated when we get an offer such as this.
“Master Debonair’s HQ is a brilliant venue to start puppy development, we’ll kick off with the environmental training and carry on all the way through to licensing standards and refresher training.
“This gives the puppies the chance to hone in on their skills through these training exercises, and eventually will be able to put this into practice in real situations.”
Eve Whitaker, creative director at Master Debonair, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer our HQ to Northumbria Police for their dog training exercises.
“We’re huge supporters of the tremendous work police dogs provide, and after receiving support with my own dog from one of the training department officers I just knew it was something we had to get involved with.”