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The police, Army, RAF, HM Revenue and Customs, the fire service,
search and rescue organisations and private security firms all offer
opportunities for dog handlers who are experts in training dogs. These work with a specially trained dog and are
responsible for its care and control.
In the police force dogs play a part in routine work such as patrolling at football matches, and in specialist work such as searching for armed suspects, or drugs and explosives detection.
In the Army, dogs are used in protection/guarding roles or in detection roles - searching for explosives or drugs etc. They are used in most branches of the Army; entrants joining the Royal Army Veterinary Corps can become dog trainers.
In the RAF the dog’s main role is to guard aircraft on military bases and in hangars. Entrants have to join the RAF Police to become dog handlers.
HM Revenue and Customs use dogs to find illegal substances such as drugs and explosives at ports and airports. They now also use ‘cigarette dogs’, trained to deal with the increasing problem of tobacco smuggling. The dogs work with one handler, but are kept in kennels. Some experience of working for HM Revenue and Customs is needed before becoming a dog handler.
The fire service sometimes use dogs to search burning and collapsed buildings for signs of life.
Search and rescue organisations use dogs for mountain and cave rescue.
Private security companies may use dogs to assist in the protection of property.
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