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Kerala dogs train to help cops curb crime


Kundur Sathya Narayanan,CNN-IBN
Jan 24, 2008 at 10:33am IST

Thrissur (Kerala): South India’s first dog training centre was opened in Thrissur in Kerala.

Enzoz, a German shepherd is just six-month-old, but is already one of the 11 high-pedigree dogs at the police academy in Thrissur, being trained to help the Kerala police.

“Two types of training is imparted to the dogs - for catching thieves and other detecting explosives. They are high pedigree dogs and they are given nine months training,” says instructor, L Ramanan.

There are 28 sniffer dogs in Kerala at present, but police say they need at least 40 more.

The 11 dogs are going through three months of basic obedience training, to be followed by six months of more specialised instruction.

Each of them has a handler helped by an assistant. Some of them will be trained as tracker dogs, used to investigate crimes, whiles others will go on to become bomb sniffers.

“This is the first time a dog training school is started in Kerala. After the completion of training for this first batch, with government sanction we can provide training for dogs from neighboring states too,” says In Charge, Dog Training School, P Ramesh.

Police dog training is carried out only at the National Training Centre for dogs in Gwalior at present.

But now the centre in Thrissur will be used to train dogs for all the southern states.

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