New Zealand – Police Dogs.

New Zealand police Dog Unit honouring a fallen team member

New Zealand Police Dog Unit

New Zealand has one of the highest rates for ownership of pets and many of these are dogs, but dogs are not just for pets, they are competent member of teams working to assist and help in all kind of situations. There are dogs in the:-
• Police force
• The army
• Search and rescue
• Seeing eye dogs
• Watch dogs
• Sheep/farm dogs
• Gun and hunting dogs
The New Zealand police force has 21 dogs sections and 120 dogs in the teams. It costs up to $60,000 to train but there value is in their membership of the teams and with their handlers. As the dogs live with their handlers an incredible bond is created. As I am writing this a search is currently underway in Mt Holdsworth area, west of Carterton, for Thames, who became separated from his handler during a training exercise. Hopefully he will be found soon.
All the dogs on the force are German Shepherds, these wonderful dogs are highly intelligent and love to work and play. Their characters well suited for the work they are trained to do. All their training is at Police Dog Training Centre at Trentham, Upper Hutt, near Wellington, where they go through a 6 stage training system, graduating at about 18 months. The training centre has an excellent training reputation and has helped establish other training centre’s abroad. They work with other agencies when required, like with the training of detection dogs.
If you are interested in fostering or adopting a police dog, it is possible but there are strict regulations in place about who can and what is expected, if undaunted by this contact your local police station for details.
If yo u feel you would like to support these excellent dogs and their trainers and handlers you can by donating at:-
The New Zealand Police Dog Charitable Trust
Westpac Wellington
Account number 030251 0040111 00 or by email at


5 Tips to Train your Dog

Dogs are the most loyal and sensitive of all humans. Their hearing is 20 times more powerful than us humans. I love the company of dogs. But training them is essential. It makes them better. Just imagine if you do not go to school and do not learn. What will happen? So dogs also need to learn for their own betterment.

Dog Training

Training for your Dog



But while training we must take care. Here are a few things to be kept in mind while training which will make it easier for you.

  1. Understand – While training you need to understand the needs of your dog. Do not push by punishing.Respect his feelings and he will reciprocate better to your instructions.
  2. Show your love – Pamper your dog with the touch. They love the touch. Encourage by showing your love when he does the tasks correctly. This will reinforce his training.
  3. Be specific – Dogs are very intelligent but you have to be specific with your instructions. Hello should mean only a single behaviour. Dogs do not understand generalization. Hence be specific with your instructions.
  4. Consistency – Training is a continuous process, and it needs to be regular. If you follow the regime regularly your dog will learn quick. Persistent efforts always will give great results.
  5. Make it enjoyable – Put some creativity and make the training session fun. Playing is what a dog loves and he will learn better if he enjoys it.If you dog loves to jump or loves to fetch he will learn the associated task quickly and will remember better.

So, go ahead love your dog, think and care and you will get a buddy whom you can depend on.

How to Get Medicine Down Your Dog

tips to give dogs pills

One bad thing about owning a dog is that dogs fall ill just like people fall ill, and they often need medicine. However, they don’t make that tasty pink medicine for dogs like they make for kids. Most dog medicine comes in the form of pills, and it’s quite the chore to get it down your dog’s throat. How can you simplify this process? Well, you can start with America’s favorite processed meat – hotdogs! Buy a cheap 8-pack of hotdogs at the store, which should cost about 99 cents.

My beagle has bad allergies and needs to take two Benadryl every day. The pills aren’t very big, but the problem is that she can taste them and spits them out if I try to give them to her whole. Instead, I’ll take a hot dog, cut it into three pieces, and cut a slit in two of the hotdogs; I’ll then cut the pill in half, and stuff half a pill down each hotdog.

The one without a pill is the one I give her first. She chomps right through it and swallows it down, loving the hotdog. Then I’ll give her the ones with the pill halves inside, and she’ll typically go right through them. I repeat this process for each pill she needs. So, for two pills, that’s two hotdogs. Even on the occasions where she realizes the pill is in there, she still wants the hotdogs more than she doesn’t want the pills! So, if she spits one out, I’ll just cut off another piece and give it to her, and she’ll end up eating it.

Hiding pills in basic dog food doesn’t work as well, because the dogs don’t consider this to be a real treat. But if you hide it in something that’s a treat for them, they will woof it right down. Just make sure that the pill pieces are relatively small. If you keep them small enough, they’ll eat right through them.

How to Clean Muddy Dog Paws

cleaning muddy dog pawsWhile you might think it’s simple to clean off muddy dog paws, it can actually be quite the job. Doing this incorrectly will not only result in mud on your dog’s feet even after cleaning, but it will also hurt your dog’s feet and make them less likely to stay still the next time you want to wipe them.

We’ve all dealt with muddy dog paws before. Even in beautifully landscaped yards, dogs like to dig up the dirt, and when it’s wet, they become a muddy mess. There is a three-step process to properly cleaning your dog’s paws, and all you’re going to need it two towels – bath towels, kitchen towels, or even old cleaning towels.

Step 1: Take one of the towels and run it under warm water until it’s completely saturated. You don’t want it dripping wet, but you do want it soaked down. Wring it out just enough to where it’s no longer dripping water.

Step 2: Leave the other towel completely dry and off to the side.

Step 3: When your dog comes in, get them to sit down, grab their paw, and gently massage the mud away with the wet towel. Right after this, make sure you dry it off with the dry towel. Each paw should only take a few seconds. The wet towel will instantly sop up the mud, and you’ll be left with a clean dog that can actually walk through the house without getting mud all over the place.

This is a quick process that don’t upset your dog and that won’t leave any mud on their paws. If you have multiple dogs to wipe, just make sure you’re using a clean part of the towel each time.