For another year, the RCMP are in need of some assistance in naming the puppies that are going to become Canada's police dogs.
"Our contest parameters will have 13 winners, so that's one from every Province and Territory in Canada. We do need names for every pup that is born here and typically that's 100 puppies a year. They're all German Sheppard and they are all our own blood line," stated Akram Gahdban, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail.
As we all known, German Sheppard's is the chosen breed to be a police dog, but most don't know why.
"We need a dog and a breed that would be suitable anywhere in Canada. Once a dog finishes training with heir handler, they could go to the lower mainland of British Columbia or Yellowknife. The German Sheppard breed is long since been admired for its skill in tracking and loyalty to the handler," Gahdbam explained.
This year the puppy names must begin with the letter 'K'.
"They have to be no more than two syllables and nine letters," Gahdban added. "The entries have to be received to us by no later than April 11. You can fill in the online form or we can take it by regular mail."
The 13 winners will not only have the glory of naming a puppy, they will also get an official RCMP baseball cap and more.
"The winners will be presented with a laminated eight by ten photo of the puppy they named and a plush German Sheppard dog named Justice, which Justice was evidently the first German Sheppard dog to become an police dog."
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