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Military Working Dog - Aoife.

Article about: As you might remember, last year I lost my four legged work partner Milo to cancer. So, a month later I was re-teamed with a new canine friend, a German Shepherd bitch called Aoife (pronounc

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    As you might remember, last year I lost my four legged work partner Milo to cancer. So, a month later I was re-teamed with a new canine friend, a German Shepherd bitch called Aoife (pronounced 'eefa').
    I thought I would post a couple of photos of her for interest as I get a few messages asking about my line of work.
    She is just under two years old and weighs just over 30kg. Aoife is trained as a Patrol Arm True (PAT) dog which means she can patrol with me and if needed, be released to bite the arm of a person and hold on until commanded to let go.
    I spent a week at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray last October to bond with her, train with her and complete a pass out which involved an obedience test, agility and also manwork - to find, chase and apprehend an 'intruder' and to remain under control and obedient in a pressure situation while I carried out a clothing search of the subject.
    From the very first time I took her out we had an immediate bond and she worked for me straight away which made my life very easy and the subject of envy for those guys on the re-team course with me who had, lets say - less compliant dogs?
    We achieved a really good pass at the end of the course and I was granted a six month licence to handle her which is a standard length of time for a new dog team.
    I've just had my licence renewed this week and as a result of our performance have been recommended to take part in the service dog trials at the end of June to compete against police, army and prison service dogs.
    This is a little outside my remit as M.O.D. guard dogs aren't trained in the same way as the other service dogs and as far as I know, none have been in competition with the other services at these trials. As Aoife isn't trained to carry out article searches as the other dogs are, I now have four months to introduce her to this and get both her any myself to a sufficient standard to compete.

    Luckily she's a lot smarter than me!

    I'll try and get a few pics of her working and add them here soon.
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    Hello Adrian

    What a cute and beautiful dog she is... I adore dogs, though I am owned by cats, dogs really are mans best friends

    Thanks for telling your story, your job sounds interesting.

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    She's a gorgeous Shepherd, Adrian - hope she doesn't work you too hard !
    These photos of her are really great.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Adrian she's a great looking girl i wish you every success with her !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Im really happy for you mate, i know what its like to lose a true canine friend and to find another doesnt always fill that special place that was held, but ive been lucky as well, shes a real good looking girl as is my golden retriever, two different life styles for working dogs but terrific company nevertheless, hope you manage to train her the different standards required, but Sheperds are a quick learning breed and love to learn new "tricks", looking forward to seeing the pics

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    Good looking land shark !

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    She is beautiful Adrian ! Good luck to you both in the forthcoming trials !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    A beautiful dog Adrian, lovely colouration in her fur. You must be the envy of your colleagues. Good luck with the training, and the exhibition.

    Regards,

    Carl
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    Thank you for your comments Lady and Gents.
    Fortunately I'm her only handler, the other dogs on site are double handled, they have two handlers on different shifts so this makes it much easier to train and bond with her as I'm her only point of focus so hopefully introducing a new discipline will be reasonably straight forward.
    Another thing that makes it easy for me is that she's very switched on and can differentiate between different situations and people. She can switch from aggressive to passive within seconds and once she's had a bite for example, she knows when it's over and is approachable again even by the guy she's just been chewing on!

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    Sounds like my wife !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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