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WORK OUT: A puppy being trained in Tiruchi. Photo: M. Moorthy
WORK OUT: A puppy being trained in Tiruchi. Photo: M. Moorthy

R. Rajaram

TIRUCHI: The dog squad of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) here has acquired two five-month-old puppies a `Doberman' and a `Labrador.' Obedience training has commenced at the RPF Dog Squad kennel here. The `Doberman' will be trained in crime detection for six months, while the `Labrador' is to be trained for nine months in detecting explosives. The RPF Dog Squad here has two adult dogs one being exclusively used for bomb detection, and the other is a tracker used for crime detection.

These puppies would be taken to the RPF Dog Squad Training Centre at Pothanur near Coimbatore for specialised training once they are six months old. According to an RPF official, the puppies have been brought at a time when the squad dogs are getting old, as they cannot be put to work once they cross 10 years of age.

A team comprising a sub-inspector, an assistant sub-inspector, a head constable and two constables have been taking care of the dogs. Besides being fed with milk, bread and eggs, the puppies are given vitamin tonic in the morning and afternoon. In the evening, they are fed 300 grams of beef, 200 grams of boiled vegetables and an equal quantity of rice.

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