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Meet drug dog Buddy

Published on:
November 3, 2022
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A previously unwanted mixed-breed dog has found his calling in life as a drug sniffer.

Buddy is the latest success story from Whangarei SPCA’s Dogs with a Job programme, which aims to identify and train pooches with big potential.

The 10-month-old is now being trained by New Zealand Detector Dogs, the country’s leading private provider of specialist drug and explosives canines. Managing director and trainer Janet Williams says the whippet-cattle dog cross is enjoying his training. “He is really meeting the grade and in most cases he is exceeding what a dog would normally do at this stage.

“He is now confident at sniffing out most of the targets and planting his little bum down and not moving until he gets rewarded,” she says. “He has also learned that the longer you stay and show interest in the box, the more biscuits you get.” Buddy will have another year of training before he starts work
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