Officers want to hear from dog lovers who can help look after police puppies

Published: 11 Jun 2014 12:000 comments

IF you love puppies, then the police are eager to hear from you.

Thames Valley Police is looking for people who could take part in shaping the future of police dogs.

An essential element to the training of highly skilled canines, puppy minders are required to look after police dogs for the first 12-14 months of their life.

The breeds involved are German shepherds and spaniels.

The ideal person for the job would be based mainly at home, and would be able to share their home with the pups.

If you have your own transport, have experience in training dogs from puppies to adults, have no other young dogs in your home, then this could be a golden opportunity.

As long as there is a responsible adult at home most of the day – as young puppies cannot be left alone for more than four hours – and you are able to take the dog to the Thames Valley Police’s centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading, for monthly training events, you could help be part of the next team of dogs in the force.

You would have to have a suitable home, which would be subject to an eligibility visit.

All costs, including vet’s bills, food, and mileage would be covered. For details of open days to find out more about the position, email

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