Police dogs tread carefully - in new shoes!

Police dogs are learning to tread carefully - after being fitted with specially-made shoes.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 10:58 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 3:59 pm
Police dogs show off their new footwear.
Police dogs show off their new footwear.

The fancy footwear is designed to protect their paws when they go into a hazardous environment, where there could be broken glass, chemicals or needles used to take drugs.

Vinny, Oakley, Pike, Rab, Q and Quinn tried on their new boots during their public order training this week.

Police dogs show off their new footwear.

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Most of the dogs have tried them on before but for newly-qualified PDs Quinn - alongside puppies Q and Pike - it was a first and his handler Hayley said it took a bit of getting used to.

She said: "We have all seen those videos where dogs have had shoes on and walked a bit funny and Quinn was no different at the beginning.

"I don't think he really knew what was going on but he got used to them eventually and that is really important for his development.

"There will be times that he has to pull them on in the future so these types of training sessions are valuable to prepare him for the real thing."

Treading carefully.

Rich Davies, a dog trainer at Northumbria Police, said the shoes are a really valuable piece of kit for when the K9s are in a potentially hazardous environment.

He said: "Our dog handlers are often deployed to properties where there may be hazards whether that be broken glass, needles used to take drugs or even chemicals.

"Their paws are quite tough but they do get cut and that can be very painful for the dog and keep them off work for a few days.

"The welfare of our police pups and K9s is very important to us and so we do try to get them trained in using the dog boots.

"We regularly train them in how to respond in hostile environments and so this was a great opportunity to get them used to the boots again.

"They all did a great job and Quinn in particular was fantastic, considering it was the first time he had worn the fancy footwear."

K9s in the dog section play a vital role in supporting front-line policing and putting dangerous offenders behind bars.

Their role often sees them confronted with hazardous environments or people who are prepared to attack them to evade capture.

The dogs spend more than a year training to be a fully-licensed police dog to prepare them for any situation they may be faced with.