Puppy walkers wanted to volunteer for South Yorkshire Police's Dog Training School

Dogs at Sheffield Hallam University - image courtesy of South Yorkshire Police
Dogs at Sheffield Hallam University - image courtesy of South Yorkshire Police
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South Yorkshire Police's Dog Training School have appealed for puppy walkers and volunteers to help out with the new litters.

The litter is part of the force's puppy breeding programme which has so far produced more than 100 police or working dogs after being established in 2008.

SYP’s Dog Training School is one of only six National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) approved dog training centres within the UK.

Harry Morton, manager of South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training School based at Niagara, said: “There have been 23 litters bred at the centre and at volunteers’ homes, with more than 100 dogs making the grade as a police or working dog, and I would personally like to thank everyone who is, or ever has been involved.

“Our dogs have gone on to serve and protect the public in South Yorkshire, as well as joining other police forces all over the UK, with some travelling even further afield and becoming police dogs at the reinstated dog section at the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Barbados prison Service, as well working for organisations including HM Prison Service, Ministry of Defence and Fire and Rescue Services.

“We train all our dogs as well as our dog handlers at the school, plus handlers from other forces, agencies and private security services, and the training both receive is absolutely essential to not only learn the skills required, but to build a strong and unbreakable bond between dog and handler, which is invaluable in this line of work.”

The police dogs and pups in training today met up with hundreds of adoring fans at Sheffield Hallam Students' Union as part of their Disabled Students’ Committees campaign “Me and My Disability week”.

The pups and their volunteer puppy walkers were on hand to help celebrate the diversity of Sheffield Hallam University students and to be involved in their ‘dog therapy session’.

In total eight SYP puppies and dogs attended with their puppy walkers, owners and handlers at The HUBS, on Paternoster Row in the city centre.

Harry Morton, Manager of South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training School based at Niagara said: “This was an event that I was delighted to be able to be involved with and support, as were the puppy walkers and owners of our pups and dogs who I would like to thank for attending in their free time and completely voluntary.

“I hope the students who attended found the session with our four legged friends beneficial and of use to them; our puppy walkers have fed back they had a very relaxing afternoon; after all the attention the pups received they were zonked out from all the excitement as soon as they got back home!”

The week-long campaign aimed to raise awareness of what it means to be a disabled student at Sheffield Hallam, giving them a voice and to promote positivity.

To become a puppy walker or volunteer, call 0114 296 4943 or email harry.morton@southyorks.pnn.police.uk for more information.