We are going to the canine center of the Zelenograd Department of Internal Affairs to see army dogs there, look what they eat, how they live and go to work and check out why spaniels get less meat then others.
This canine center appeared in 1982. Today it is based in this two-storey building with a big territory where dogs walk and train.
The number of people and dogs in the center is almost the equal: 23 four-legged policemen and 18 canine specialists. These dogs are trained to seek for explosives and drugs. They work for twelve hours for two days and then have two days of rest. Sometimes they are on duty for twenty four hours.
They have two mini-buses like this.
Such a vehicle can transport twelve dogs.
This bus has a compartment for detainees.
They have forty enclosures for dogs. Each enclosure has an open and a closed zone. Thus the dogs can hide from bad weather or curious eyes. There is also an insulated dog house in the closed zone.
It is strictly prohibited to smoke here. It is annoying for the dog’s sense of smell.
This woman is the best canine handler in the center.
Not all the dogs are glad to see strangers.
Most of the inhabitants of the Zelenograd center are different Shepherds: German, Eastern European and Belgian. Besides, there are two Labradors, a Rottweiler and a spaniel.
It’s quite curious that some dogs have two names: a passport one and the one for everyday life. Full names are often too long.
This spaniel only seems to be harmless. His smaller size is often an advantage.
This Shepherd is too peaceful, it’s hard to train her to detain criminals.
Here the dogs can walk.
Belgian Shepherds are perfect for work in police.
This photo is taken in the administrative building of the center.
The specialists improve their skills in such classrooms.
Various prizes stand in the office of the director.
There is a gym for canine handlers.
And there is a kitchen for policemen.
This is the place where they store dry food for dogs.
Every dog gets 800 grams of dry food daily. This amount does not vary depending on a breed, size or weight of a dog. In winter they eat more.
This is a special delicacy for dogs. It is used for encouraging while training.
Ill dogs can be taken to warm enclosures if necessary.
This is the dressing room for the specialists. They also have swower rooms here.
Such clothes are used for dogs training.
They are about to be trained.
Alya (on the right) is four, she is the daughter of Yuta (on the left) who is eight. Alya specializes in searching for drugs while her mother has a wider profile who can also find and detain criminals. They are the best in these subjects in Moscow.
Here the dogs can learn to crawl under barbed wire, jump over hurdles, climb high ladders, keep the balance on the beam and jump through the trenches.
This ribbons as well as tied cans are used for training dogs not to notice obstacles on their way when they need to stop a criminal.
These written off cars are used for teaching dog to deal with transport.
Alya is searching for drugs.
The dogs should be highly concentrated on their work and not notice anything else. Sometimes it’s vitally important (when they search for explosives, for example). The best reward for the dogs is playing with their master and caress.
When they have a loving and caring master they do not need any salary.