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Puppy patrol: A day in the life of a trainee police dog

The new arrival Credit: BCH Police Dogs

A nine week old German Shepherd puppy has joined the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Dog Unit - and is taking is first steps towards becoming a police dog.

First steps Credit: BCH Police Dogs

Part of this process includes finding out how the dog reacts to certain situations and potential obstacles, such as open staircases and reflective surfaces. There is also a large focus on getting the dog to socialise and encouraging the pup the play is also high on the agenda.

The puppy has already gone for its first ride in a police car.

First car ride Credit: BCH Police Dogs

Next: a trip to the vet for vaccinations.

A trip to the vet's Credit: BCH Police Dogs

The pup will be living with a police officer for around 12-18 months. During this time, the officer will be taking the dog to as many different environments as possible to ensure he will be in the best possible position to begin a career as a police dog.