Military Working Dogs as presented by: English Russia

We hope you donít mind to visit the Regional Center of Dog Service belonging to the Main Department of Internal Affairs. The first center of police tracker dogs appeared in St. Petersburg in 1909 and later it became the first cynological department of the Ministry of the Interior. But this time we are invited to the center of the Moscow Region. The center has 240 enclosures where they keep 120 dogs. 40% of cynologists are women. The enclosures are clean and neat. Some dog hotels look worse. In winter they are covered with greatcoat cloth and laid with straw. The main breed here - German shepherd. These dogs are better adapted to the Russian climate. However they also have Labradors and Rottweilers. Each day a dog is given one kilogram of by-products and 600 grams of cereals. But basically they use American dry feed PRO PAC. The company has won the tender this year and offered the best price. And now the performance part. Though it is not very impressive. The dogs do not bite with all their jaws, donít jump from a distance, tear before they get an order. They understand that such detention may result in serious injuries, some kind of inheritance of the Soviet times. By the way, there are no universal dogs - drugs, explosives, tracking, patrolling. When a dog finds an explosive it makes a signal. It tries to show the place with its paws. The dogs trained to find weapons define the smell of powder and gun oil. In theory a dog can work with any cynologist but in practice - only with an owner. This one is a personal dog. They say that in Germany dogs are medalled but in Russia they are only special tools and donít get rewards. German dogs are retired to have warm existence in their old age, Russian dogs may only hope to be taken to someoneís house.

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