We hope you don’t mind to visit the Regional Center of Dog Service belonging to the Main Department of Internal Affairs.
The first center of police tracker dogs appeared in St. Petersburg in 1909 and later it became the first cynological department of the Ministry of the Interior. But this time we are invited to the center of the Moscow Region.
The center has 240 enclosures where they keep 120 dogs.
40% of cynologists are women.
The enclosures are clean and neat. Some dog hotels look worse. In winter they are covered with greatcoat cloth and laid with straw.
The main breed here – German shepherd. These dogs are better adapted to the Russian climate.
However they also have Labradors and Rottweilers.
Each day a dog is given one kilogram of by-products and 600 grams of cereals. But basically they use American dry feed PRO PAC. The company has won the tender this year and offered the best price.
2 months’ puppies. Their mom is in the next enclosure.
And now the performance part.
Though it is not very impressive. The dogs do not bite with all their jaws, don’t jump from a distance, tear before they get an order.
They understand that such detention may result in serious injuries, some kind of inheritance of the Soviet times.
By the way, there are no universal dogs – drugs, explosives, tracking, patrolling.
Cars of dog service is a bragging right: 6 cages, 5 employees, air conditioner.
This one cage inside is used for injured dogs, here they can administer an injection or pat a dog.
Searching for drugs. A raised hand means performance of a task.
Searching for explosives.
When a dog finds an explosive it makes a signal. It tries to show the place with its paws.
Trotyl block. The case rather difficult for a dog – alcaline accumulators are near, gas and strong wind.
The dogs trained to find weapons define the smell of powder and gun oil.
In theory a dog can work with any cynologist but in practice – only with an owner. This one is a personal dog.
They say that in Germany dogs are medalled but in Russia they are only special tools and don’t get rewards. German dogs are retired to have warm existence in their old age, Russian dogs may only hope to be taken to someone’s house.