Kelowna, BC – Kelowna RCMP welcomes new canine recruit Nats for training on his journey to become a police services dog.
Nats joined the Kelowna Detachment three weeks ago at 8 weeks old, and is a German shepherd puppy, born at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta. Nats has been partnered with a general duty officer of the Kelowna RCMP, who will train Nats in his journey towards becoming a police service dog. The focus of his training at this stage, is to become comfortable in all environments including being exposed to new people and different conditions, and of course the most important skillset: how to track suspects. Nats lives with his partner and joins him everyday at work in order to advance his training. Nats is related to PSD Ice who is an active police service dog with Kelowna Detachment as well as retired PSD Talon.
Nats has already passed his initial training standards at 7 weeks old. Canine recruits start their official training when they are 12 to 18 months old. Just like human RCMP recruits, police dogs can be posted anywhere in Canada following the completion of their training.
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