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Every Dog Must Have His Day - Jonathan Swift

(Content from the National RCMP Website)

The RCMP Dog Service officially came into existence on May 25, 1935. From a modest beginning of only two teams stationed in western Canada, the RCMP Dog Service has grown to 87 teams stationed at strategic municipal and rural points from Newfoundland to Victoria Island.


Originally, Riesenschnauzers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and German Shepherds were used for police work. However, through the years, the German Shepherd became accepted not only in Canada, but internationally.

The German Shepherd breed displays the versatility, strength and courage that makes it eminently suitable for Canadian police work. Their heavy coats allow them to work under extreme climatic conditions. In addition, their presence seems to have an inhibitive psychological effect on potential wrongdoers. German Shepherds trained to apprehend will invariably make a successful arrest despite the fact they are trained only to hold, never to be savage. 

Facts about police dog services:

  • A dog can search a car in approximately three minutes
  • A dog can work up to four hours with rest intervals
  • RCMP training facilities have been located at Innisfail, Alberta since 1965
  • Since the early 1970s, police service dogs have been trained to recognize almost any narcotic substance
  • Dogs are also highly skilled at avalanche rescues in mountainous terrain

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Last updated: 11/3/2014 11:08:50 AM