Police Dog training in South Africa


The police dogs in South Africa help the police with many cases. They get trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, track missing people and other search and rescue operations. South African police only use specific dog breeds. They also have strict requirements for the dog trainers and handlers that work with the dogs.


The dogs have to be between the ages of 9 months and 3 years to be accepted into the South African Police Service. The SAPS only uses Border Collies, German Sheperds, Belgium Sheperds, Boxers, Doberman, Labrador, Cocker Spaniel, Bloodhound and Rottweilers as service dogs.



The dog handlers go through a series of training to learn how to train, care and handle the police dogs. They are responsible for the handling of the dog during any investigation, search or combat in crime. Dog handlers must be fit, non-allergic to dogs and have a clean bill of health.


There is always a need for police dogs and the SAPS started a campaign in 2007 to push the public to donate dogs to help increase the number of police service dogs in South Africa.


All dogs that do not meet the training requirements get donated by the SAPS to the SPCA. The SPCA then helps protect the dogs from any bad conditions or public auctions.





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