DOG BITES NEWSHOUND!

Friday, 3rd July 2015

When visiting teams of employees to find out more about what they do for our clients, it’s not unusual to be invited to become more hands-on with their work.

In the past I’ve been locked in a prison cell and sat next to an advanced driving instructor as he showcases high-speed evasion manoeuvres .

But when the manager of a canine training centre asked if I wanted to become involved in a demonstration of how their dogs subdue fleeing suspects, at first I wasn’t sure if he was serious.

And then, after agreeing, I wasn’t sure if I was either.

I was visiting the G4S Canine Services centre near Luton, where they train dogs for one of three roles – detecting drugs, detecting explosives and general purpose, which are typically used on security patrols and catching criminals.

Wearing a padded sleeve that covered my right arm up the shoulder, and guided by centre manager Lee, I moved my arm across Ruby’s face. Immediately, she leapt up and her jaws fastened on the padded fabric, remaining there until instructed otherwise by Chris.

Told to struggle as a suspect would in this situation, at one point I was carrying nearly Ruby’s entire weight – it was almost like lifting a grown man. I couldn’t imagine being able to get away if I was a real suspect. The moment that Chris gave the appropriate signal, she released her grip.

Then, as if once wasn’t enough, we did the exercise a second time. I definitely felt the after-effects of my live demonstration – for two days afterwards I could barely move my shoulder!

Steve Turner

Steve Turner

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