Wednesday, July 20, 2011

All bark but no bite! Trainee police dog fails to make the grade because she is 'not brave enough' to attack crooks


Scaredy-cat: German Shepherd Vegas has been rejected by Northumbria Police because she is too nervous to bite

A cowardly dog has been denied a place in a police force after she was deemed 'not brave enough'.

Vegas, a 19-month old German Shepherd, underwent a rigorous regime to become one of the latest recruits to the Northumbria Police dog section.

She was trained to become fearless and deal with a variety of dangerous situations, including jumping through windows, tackling knife-wielding maniacs and barking and biting on command.

But after displaying 'tentative' tendencies, trainers decided she didn't 'possess the courage needed to make it as a police dog'.

Dog section Sergeant John Sim was one of those who made the decision to give Vegas early retirement.

He said: 'Vegas unfortunately didn't possess the necessary qualities to make it as a police dog.

'Surprisingly not all dogs find it natural to bite.

Real-life Scooby Doo: The 19-month-old is now searching for a new home - although she is not suitable for families with young children or other dogs

'For a good bite the dogs have to get their timing right to take hold of whatever or whoever they are chasing in a determined and positive way.

'Vegas was too tentative.'

Instead of a high octane career serving the public, the docile dog can now enjoy a life of long walks and playing with her favourite toys.

And Vegas is now looking for new owners.

Sgt Sim added: 'She will make someone a lovely pet in the right environment.

'She is very nervous around children so would require an adult-only home, with owners with plenty of breed experience and time to devote to her.'

Officers say the German Shepherd requires lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
And she is also aggressive towards other dogs so will need to go to a home without other pets.

Anyone interested in adopting Vegas will undergo in-depth police checks and home checks.

For further information call the kennels section on 0345 604 3043 ext 68699.

source: dailymail

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